We are pleased to be able to support the continuation of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Diversity Award.  For the past 16 years, we have been able to recognize Extension professionals who, through targeted efforts excelled in reaching new clientele.  This is a joint award open to Kentucky State and University of Kentucky Extension employees.  The University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Food & Environment’s Office of Diversity assists in the award recognition.  Once again, those chosen for the award will receive a plaque and a program award of $500.00 (individual) and $1,000.00 (team) to use in their county/department to continue diversity efforts. 
We commend those for their work  done in this area and encourage you to apply for this year’s award.

The Diversity award recognizes special efforts to target groups of people not previously served by Extension.  This award supports programs that go beyond Affirmative Action efforts to develop a culture and environment in which diversity is valued and pluralism is achieved.


Purpose:       To recognize Kentucky Extension employees who are making strides to understand, reach, and include diverse and underrepresented audiences and promote pluralism in Extension.


Diversity:       Differences among people with respect to age, race, gender, physicalability, and other human differences.


Pluralism:     An organizational culture that incorporates mutual respect, acceptance, teamwork and productivity among people who are diverse.



Audiences:   Individuals and groups not currently served by Extension or who have minimal involvement with Extension programs, activities, advisory committees, and volunteer groups.


Examples of efforts to address diverse and underrepresented audiences have included:


Ethnicity: the formation of Latino Homemaker Clubs.


Disabilities: a 4-H program in a facility that provides special care to youth with long term mental disorders.


Race: a special outreach program that reaches women and minority farm families.


Socio-Economic Levels: a community gardening program that targeted housing project residents.


Age: a program targeting senior citizens who had not previously been reached by Extension.


Nomination Process:  Nominees may be any Kentucky Extension employee (Kentucky State University or University of Kentucky).  Nominations can include multiple diversity efforts as long as they occurred in the specified time period.  Nominations will be accepted in two categories, (1) individual, (2) team.  One award will be given in each category.  Nominations must be made by an employee of Kentucky Extension (self-nomination encouraged).   


Selection Process:  The nominations will be judged by a committee appointed by the Assistant Dean for Diversity in the UK College of Agriculture and the 1890 Administrator at KSU and will include both Extension and non-Extension members.  The committee will review nominations and recommend the award winners to the Administrator and the College Assistant Dean for Diversity.


Award Presentation:  The Diversity Award will be presented to the winners at the Regional Extension Conferences or State Specialist Conference.  The winners will receive a plaque and a program award of $500.00 (individual) and $1,000.00 (team) for use in their county/department to continue diversity efforts. 


Guidelines for Nominations:  Nominations will be evaluated for outstanding accomplishments in achieving and sustaining diversity and pluralism in Kentucky Extension.  Nominations are for accomplishments from October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008.  The program nominated could have started before October 1, 2007 but it must have also been ongoing during the period October 1, 2007 - September 30, 2008.  Written nominations must include the nomination form (attached) and no more than 4 additional pages of typed information.  Other forms of supporting materials, such as video tapes, newspaper clippings, or publications, will not be accepted or considered in the review process.


The nomination statement should address the following questions:


(1)       Purpose(s) of the effort and the activities involved.


            (2)       Reason(s) the efforts deserve recognition for outstanding accomplishments–

Obstacles overcome?  Innovations?  Impact?  Other reasons?


            (3)       Evidence that the effort(s) conveyed cultural awareness and/or organizational change.


            (4)       Evidence that the effort(s) conveyed cultural sensitivity, appreciation for diversity, and demonstrated impacts.