Nomination Example and Writing Tips
Below are a few examples of announcements of award recipients at other institutions:
- Katherine J. Parpana, Academic Counselor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis, has served the Asian Pacific Islander community since 2013, working with the Filipino community and other underrepresented Asian groups, including Hmong, and international students, too. "As a social justice advocate, Katherine is able to align with university initiatives as they relate to diversity, inclusion and retention," Reed said. Parpana assisted in the creation and implementation of he professional development series "Developing Deeper Advising Relationships," focused on student-centered holistic advising that embodies culturally sensitive, relevant and inclusive practices.
- Lorena B. Oropeza, Associate Professor of History at UC Davis, is recognized for her socially and politically engaged scholarship, community outreach and unique approach to undergraduate teaching, as well as her mentoring of graduate students. Among those students, many are the first in their families to obtain college degrees, let alone PhDs, and several have said that without Oropeza's guidance, they would not have remained in the program. "As a leading historian in the field of Chicano/Latin history, Dr. Oropeza is shaping its vibrancy through her mentoring work," Reed said, also noting Oropeza's instrumental role in the history department's establishment of a doctorate in U.S. history with a specialization in Chicano/Latin history.
- Three departments received awards for integrating diversity and inclusion into organizational and staff development. "These efforts are in support of the UC Davis Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, and it is our hope that the campus community will be inspired by these departments' proactive measures in operationalizing our Principles of Community, and in striving toward a more diverse and inclusive UC Davis," Reed said. He said the initiative began with employees who had participated in the Office of Campus Community Relations' annual Diversity Awareness Workshop. Upon completing the workshop, the training series on topics including cross-cultural communication, generational differences, conflict management, implicit bias and living the Principles of Community. Over the last two years, the departments have required all employees to participate in training, which also supports each employee's development as part of the EPAR process.
TIPS FOR WRITING A NOMINATION
- Choose a category and use the criteria as a guide. Each category requires details of how the nominee demonstrates merit. Provide examples as they apply to your nominee and how he/she meets the criteria of the category you have selected.
- Use bullet points. Provide information in a bulleted list.
- Avoid slang, abbreviations and technical terminology. While you are familiar with your nominee’s work, more than likely the members of the selection committee won’t be. Keep that in mind as you describe the nature and quality of the contributions and accomplishments.
- Include measurable results. Examples include: monetary savings, a new product or service, patients receiving services in a more timely and/or professional manner, staff morale increasing, students being more informed and better prepared for courses or graduation, etc.
- Use multiple examples. Include more than one example (the more the better) of how the individual went above and beyond the daily responsibilities of the job. See examples of strong nomination responses.
- Keep recognizing. If you submitted an award nomination last year, consider revising it and citing most recent, specific examples of contributions made over this year and resubmit.