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.