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Nominations Sought for President's Excellence in Diversity Awards

March 1, 2012

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – The University Diversity Council at Western Illinois University is seeking nominations for the 23nd annual President's Excellence in Diversity Awards Reception. Recipients will be recognized at the awards reception, scheduled for 4–6 p.m. Thursday, May 10 in the WIU-Macomb University Union Lamoine Room. 

Also, to show the rich culture of Western Illinois University, students and employees can submit recipes that are personally meaningful and/or passed down through generations, which will be made into a cookbook.

"The awards are designed to celebrate diversity and multicultural leadership efforts during the preceding year that have advanced Western's goal of Higher Values in Higher Education, increased diversity and created a campus climate that welcomes and supports all individuals," said Andrea Henderson, director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access.

The leadership award is presented to individuals in leadership roles who have developed initiatives that enhanced and furthered diversity goals. The service award is given to individuals who have participated in or initiated diversity-related work in areas including committees, community involvement and/or community outreach. The education award is given to those who offered teaching, programming or activities designed to foster or enhance diversity.

All WIU students, employees (faculty, staff and administrators) and organizations/departments, including members and organizations in the Macomb and Quad Cities communities, are eligible for the awards.

Diversity award nominations, including self–nominations, should be sent to Sherman 105, or emailed to Renee Simpson at by the Friday, April 20 deadline. The nomination form is available on the EOA website at

A recipe template for the Celebrating Diversity Cookbook also is available on the EOA website at E-mail the recipe to Tami McCoy at by April 20. The cookbook will be available electronically after May 5.

The 2011 multicultural cookbook is available at Cookbookpdf.pdf. Included in the cookbook, which features cultural food items from 21nations, are recipes of hors de'oeuvres, salads, soups, main dishes and desserts.

For more information about the diversity awards, contact Henderson, phone (309) 298-1977, or email

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