The Spirit of King Award is given to one student and one faculty/staff member who have made exceptional contributions to the development of a multicultural campus community. The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education, as well as the campus-wide committee on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, consider each nomination and the winners are announced at the Annual MLK Jr. Evening of Reflection event.

The Spirit of King awards are presented each year at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration held at George Mason University. This year’s celebration will take place on Thursday, January 26th, 2017. In order to be considered for the Spirit of King award, individuals must be nominated by a member of the George Mason community. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Nominations can be delivered to the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education location  in Student Union Building I, Suite 2400. 

Faculty/Professor Award (click here to download nomination form) or here for Online Nomination Form

The Spirit of King award is presented to a teaching faculty member who has made an exceptional contribution to the development of an inclusive learning environment through his/her teaching, research, or work that involves advocacy for equality and social justice. To qualify for this award, the recipient must have:

  • Been employed at the institution for two or more years.
  • Been significantly involved in efforts which have contributed to the improvement of within and/or across group interactions on campus.
  • Exhibited cultural competence through teaching methods and/or topics, research or programmatic initiatives.
  • Made meaningful contributions to students, the university, and/or the community though valuing diversity and encouraging cultural competency among students, faculty, and staff.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, December 16, 2016 (no later than 5:00pm). Nominations can be delivered to the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education location  in Student Union Building I, Suite 2400.

Staff/Administrator Award (click here to download nomination form) or here for Online Nomination Form

The Spirit of King award is presented to a staff/administrator who has made an exceptional contribution to the development of an inclusive learning environment through his/her programming, advising, student leadership development or other work that involves advocacy for equality and social justice. To qualify for this award, the recipient must have:

  • Been employed at the institution for two or more years.
  • Been significantly involved in efforts which have contributed to the improvement of within and/or across group interactions on campus.
  • Made meaningful contributions to students, the university, and/or the community though valuing diversity and encouraging cultural competency among students, faculty, and staff. This may be through programming initiatives, advising, training, or student leadership development.

The Spirit of King awards are presented each year at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration held at George Mason University. This year’s celebration will take place on Thursday, January 26th, 2017. In order to be considered for the Spirit of King award, individuals must be nominated by a member of the Mason community. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, December 16, 2016 (no later than 5:00pm). Nominations can be delivered to the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education location  in Student Union Building I, Suite 2400.

Student Award (click here to download nomination form) or here for Online Nomination Form

The Spirit of King award is presented to a student who has made an exceptional contribution to the development of an inclusive learning environment. To qualify for this award, the student must have:

  • Full-time status; be at least a sophomore, with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Been an ally or advocate for others, taken risks for issues and concerns that are greater than self, and/or contributed to creating a more inclusive environment on campus.
  • Been involved in efforts, which have contributed to the improvement of within and/or across group interactions on campus.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, December 16, 2016 (no later than 5:00pm). Nominations can be delivered to the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education location  in Student Union Building I, Suite 2400.

Past Spirit of King Awardees

2016
Aja Clark
Student

Wendi Manuel-Scott
Faculty/Staff

2015
Rodrigo Velasquez
Student

LaNitra Berger 
Faculty/Staff

Al Fuertes 
Faculty/Staff

2014
Jorge Velasquez
Student

Aaron Hood 
Faculty/Staff

Dr. Shelly Wong 
Faculty/Staff

2013
Johnetta Saygbe
Student

Anartia Gamboa
Student

2012
Sarina Stephenson
Student

Toby Jenkins, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Higher Education Program
Faculty/Staff

2011
Blake Silver
Student

Mark Hopson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Communication
Faculty/Staff

2010
Dionne Foster
Student

Erek Perry, Director of University Scholars Program
Faculty/Staff