Awards

James K. Spore Community Champion Award

James K. Spore Community Champion Award

Community Champions are individuals committed to creating a more just and peaceful world through their diversity and inclusion efforts. These champions focus on awareness, interaction, and acceptance of all, and ensure that their communities recognize the value that people of all cultures bring to Hampton Roads. Through their efforts, relationships, and grassroots programs, Community Champions positively influence those with whom they meet as they engage in learning and discussion about equity issues.

Community Champions are recognized based on many components including:

  • Leadership
  • Grassroots efforts
  • Notable positive impacts on individuals

 Process

The Board will look at all individuals who are committed to creating a more just and peaceful world through their diversity and inclusion efforts. 

Award applicants will be evaluated on contributions and achievements in the following categories:

  • How has the individual taken a proactive approach to increasing and promoting diversity and inclusion in the community?
  • How does the individual create a community environment that welcomes respects and embraces diversity through community organizing, fundraising, public relations, education, or other unconventional or nontraditional methods?
  • Describe the notable impact this individual has had on others through volunteerism, outreach programs, ongoing support, mentoring, and/or education?

One individual will receive his/her award at the 2017 Eastern Virginia Regional Diversity & Inclusion Conference Luncheon at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on November 1, 2017. 

The HEIDI Award

The HEIDI Award

Award Purpose

The Hampton Roads Employer Inclusion and Diversity Initiative (HEIDI) Award recognizes and honors the outstanding contributions and achievements of local businesses and organizations. Individuals presented with this award represent businesses or organizations that exemplify diversity and inclusion practices and demonstrate results in their workforce, workplace, and marketplace. Recipients of the HEIDI Award set the standards of excellence for the Hampton Roads Communities and the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Process

The Board will look at all local, city, state, federal, academia, and nonprofit –organizations in operation for at least two (2) years and who are responsible for achieving goals for the entire organization; or within an organization, business, or agency that represents a specific line of business or business unit. Membership with the Hampton Roads Diversity and Inclusion Consortium is not required.

Award applicants will be evaluated on contributions and achievements in the following categories:

  • Demonstrated results related to diversity and inclusion, including testimonials
  • Demonstrated management commitment to enforcing policies/standards related to diversity and inclusion
  • Measurement and accountability
  • Communication and education on diversity and inclusion issues
  • Organization engagement at all levels, such as Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

 

One local, city, state, federal, academia, or nonprofit –organizations will receive their awards at the 2017 Eastern Virginia Regional Diversity & Inclusion Conference Luncheon at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on November 1, 2017.