2014 OMA Social Justice Awards

The OMA Social Justice Awards serves as a recognition to those community members who are doing positive work to create a more inclusive and equitable Jayhawk community. These recipients reach across difference in an effort to advocate for and support communities, especially those they do not personally identify with.

The OMA Social Justice Awards are open to all KU students, faculty and staff. All nominees must be recommended by a peer, faculty, or staff member by filling out this form and uploading a letter of support. A letter of support can be from the recommender or from another person familiar with the nominees work. A nominee can be recommended for more than one award with the letter of support explaining how the nominee fulfills the various criteria. Once a nomination is submitted, all student nominees will be notified and required to submit a one page response to the following questions:

  • what does social justice mean to you?
  • what meaningful work are you contributing to KU to create a more inclusive community?
  • how do you plan to continue to serve as an advocate/ally?

Please note that all nominations are due by April 14th 2014.

If there are any questions about the awards or nomination process, please contact Bulaong Ramiz in the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Award Categories:

Step Up Award:

  • Brings awareness to the KU  community about potentially dangerous and/or unjust situations
  • Works to make KU a safer place to live and learn
  • Actively steps up to intervene and advocate for community members who are in harmful situations

LGBTQ Ally Award:

  • Contributes to campus awareness about LGBTQ issues through programming, teaching, or research/writing
  • Takes action to help improve the university climate for the LGBTQ community
  • Provides support to LGBTQ organizations on campus

Outstanding Advocate Award:

  • In recognition of valuable contributions to those promoting social justice on the KU campus
  • Going above and beyond general duties and responsibilities to serve as an ally and advocate
  • Actively works to make KU a more socially just community

Programming Award:

  • In recognition of the development and/or implementation of a program that:
    • brings together community members for the common goal of learning about and promoting social justice
    • focuses on topics pertaining to diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice

Gender Equity Award:

  • Works towards breaking barriers in creating a more equitable community
  • Challenging gender norms and roles in their everyday life
  • Uses inclusive language and experience as a means of connecting with others and communities

Excellence in Academia Award:

  • Recognized research, writing, art, and outstanding projects that explore issues of diversity, multiculturalism, and/or social justice


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