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Introducing the President’s Leadership Awards Program

I am excited to introduce a new opportunity for faculty and staff to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to our community — The President’s Leadership Awards. Last fall, a Block Project team recommended the establishment of the President’s Leadership Awards to highlight CC’s Leadership Philosophy and values.

In August, you will be invited to submit nominations (of an individual faculty or staff member or a group) for the following awards:

  • Victor Nelson-Cisneros Diversity and Inclusion Award: This awardee exemplifies the qualities of former Associate Dean of the College Victor Nelson-Cisneros in supporting diversity and inclusion on campus. Qualities include perseverance and effectiveness, as well as an ability to inspire and guide action to improve the campus climate for historically marginalized people. This also includes support of students of color, and involvement in educational efforts. Effectiveness may be judged in part by the recipient’s ability to motivate others to join in the effort to foster an inclusive campus.
  • Glenn Brooks Innovation and Courage Award: This awardee exemplifies the innovative qualities of former Dean of the College and Faculty and Professor Emeritus of Political Science Glenn Brooks, who was one of the founders of the Block Plan. Qualities include courage, risk-taking, and innovation in the approach to their work. Additional criteria for selection include the nominee’s encouragement of others to be innovative and courageous and to foster an environment for faculty and staff to take risks for the betterment of CC.
  • Jane Cauvel Collaboration and Community-building Award: This awardee exemplifies the collaboration and community-building qualities of Jane Cauvel, former professor of philosophy, and the college’s first ombudsperson. Qualities include embracing and promoting community and collaboration effectively across campus divisions and between faculty and staff. Effectiveness may be judged in part by the nominee’s ability to cultivate the values of collaboration and community-building in others and to encourage others who demonstrate those values.

Nominations will be accepted via an online form from August 2016 through the end of Block 3 (November 16). The winners, selected by appropriate campus committees, will be announced at Spring Conference 2017 and will receive a $2,500 cash prize.

Thanks to each of you for all that you do to make CC a great place to learn and work!

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