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Diversity award accepting nominations

The Earl B. Higgins Achievement in Diversity Award committee is seeking nominations for individuals who have enhanced diversity at MUSC.
The annual award, which began in 1996, is a tribute to the late Higgins, former director of affirmative  action and minority affairs. He died Aug. 30, 1992.
During his four-year tenure at MUSC, Higgins was a warrior for recruitment, retention and enrichment programs that increased representation of minority students in all MUSC programs.
He also worked diligently to recruit minority faculty members and to ensure equal opportunities for all employees. He served as a mediator in race relations and gender issues. Higgins seized opportunities to promote a harmonious learning and work environment and built bridges between the university and the community it serves. 
Until now, the criteria for the award favored individuals at higher administrative levels and/or in larger university departments or units.
The selection committee adjusted the criteria to make sure that potentially deserving individuals at every level of the university and authority would receive equal consideration for their work in promoting and influencing diversity.
Nominations for two separate awards: The Earl B. Higgins 2009 Achievement in Diversity Award and The Earl B. Higgins 2009 Student Leadership in Diversity Award.
Nominations for either award should be the individuals who have contributed to diversity in three of the five areas: enriches diversity through student/employee recruitment, retention; improves diversity through excellence in service to patients, families and visitors; advances one or more of several target areas of diversity; recognizes and takes initiative to act upon potential opportunities to influence the work environment; and promotes improvements in the understanding of the benefits of diversity within MUSC and the community.
Information can be found online at
The awards will be presented at a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. April 1 at the Wickliffe House.

Friday, Jan. 16, 2009

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