Diversity Award

The Department of English is seeking applicants for its Diversity Award in the amount of $500.00.

Students in class

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be:

1.  current students in the English department (majors or minors) with a minimum 2.5 GPA

2.  able to demonstrate a commitment to diversity through coursework, extracurricular activities, community service, volunteerism, and/or work experience

3.  members of a diverse population (as defined below)

Each applicant must submit a completed application which includes 1) a resume, 2) a one paragraph biographical sketch, and 3) an essay of no more than 500 words in response to the following prompt:

“To Form a More Inclusive Learning Community,” the CSU, Chico 2011-2016 Diversity Action Plan (DAP) puts forth a definition of diversity that challenges us to broaden our understanding of the term:

Diversity is dynamic and ubiquitous and encompasses the richness of differences among people. Our understanding of diversity continues to unfold as we learn and grow in our efforts to form a more inclusive community. It extends beyond traditional considerations—such as those based on ability, age, culture, disability, race/ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexuality, regional and national origin, political affiliation, religion and socio-economic background – to include the intellectual diversity that is a hallmark of a great university. We actively and intentionally engage with this diversity to increase our awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the ways in which we interact and to achieve the benefits of inclusive excellence for all our community members as we pursue pluralism and unity.

Using the definition above, explain how the diversity you bring to the English department “increase[s your] awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the ways in which [you] interact and” pursue inclusive excellence. 

We encourage all students in English to apply! Applications should be submitted to the English Department Office (Siskiyou Hall #102) and are due: Friday, April 12th by 4:58 p.m.

Questions? Contract Tracy Butts (tbutts@csuchico.edu) or Saundra Wright (skwright@csuchico.edu)

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