Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) Award
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost & Deluxe Corporation
Please read the instructions below before filling out the nomination form.
The Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) awards are an effort to increase the recognition of significant contributions of individuals and groups within the Georgia State University (GSU) community. These awards also align with GSU’s goal of moving towards inclusive excellence. Reaching inclusive excellence requires embracing Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, as represented by each letter of JEDI. The concepts of the JEDI acronym are defined below:
- Justice-creating a campus free from barriers, intentionally shaped to meet the needs of all members
- Equity-ensuring that all members have access and representation
- Diversity- embracing differences in people and perspectives
- Inclusion- fostering a sense of belonging
Note: Definitions of Justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion are adapted the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) and the J.E.D.I. Collaborative.
JEDI Award Purpose
The JEDI awards offer Georgia State an opportunity to showcase the amazing DEI work being accomplished on campus. Examples of this work are featured in the Georgia State DEI database, which houses programs, initiatives, and events within departments, schools, and units across the University in order to accumulate and highlight the justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts at Georgia State. These programs, initiatives, and events are led by extraordinary faculty, staff within academic affairs, and students. The JEDI award will acknowledge the exceptional commitment exhibited by individuals and academic units/departments who successfully promote social justice and equity, increasing access and participation of members of historically excluded and systematically oppressed groups. We seek to honor those at Georgia State who enrich the experiences of our community by including diverse populations and embracing diversity in thought and perspectives.
Eligibility & Nomination Process
Nominations will be accepted for all JEDI award categories university-wide from faculty, staff within units under academic affairs (examples: staff within colleges, schools or academic departments, or units of an administrator reporting to the Provost), students, and community members. Nominators must complete the Nomination Form. This form poses six questions that the nominator must answer in no more than 1,000 words. Self-nominations are welcomed. Award winners from former years are ineligible for awards in the same category as their initial win for a period of five years.
Efforts towards Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion- Nominees should demonstrate exemplary evidence of efforts or commitment towards:
- Justice: creating a campus for all, free from barriers, that is intentionally shaped to meet the needs of all members, with a focus on historically underrepresented groups
- Equity: ensuring that historically underrepresented groups have access to and representation in campus related opportunities
- Diversity: giving voice to diverse groups or diverse perspectives
- Inclusion: promoting an inclusive and welcoming university environment
Nominees will be evaluated on the sustainability or emerging nature of their efforts. The frequency of efforts and the time frame of the nominee’s involvement will be used to demonstrate significance.
Evidence of the integration of the justice, equity, diversity and inclusion efforts into the Georgia State culture can be demonstrated within the following categories:
- Institutional structures (e.g., policies, traditions, procedures, assessments, accountability, initiatives, developing partnerships, outreach efforts, professional development, etc.)
- Recruitment and retention of diverse staff, faculty, or students; mentoring
- Scholarly endeavors or creative activities
- Pedagogical approaches or curricular development
- Other areas that are essential to inclusive excellence
Evaluation of Entries
A review committee will evaluate entries. Representation on the committee will include representatives from both the Atlanta campus and Perimeter College campuses.
Awards will include a $1,000 prize for each individual honoree and $2,000 for each department/unit. Prizes for academic units/departments must be used to support programs that are related to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. All honorees, including students, will be recognized at the annual Celebrating Faculty Excellence celebration during the fall semester.
Nominations will be accepted through August 1, 2022; priority consideration is given to early submissions.
Please note that this is a dynamic form. Entry boxes that correspond to the award category will appear as you go down the screen, so it's important that you go step by step.
You must use your @gsu.edu or @student.gsu.edu email address to enter a nomination. The "submit" button will not appear until you enter your university-related email address.