Nominations sought for Diversity Leadership Awards

The deadline is Jan. 10 to nominate individuals for Diversity Leadership Awards at Youngstown State University.

The awards are for YSU and Mahoning Valley leaders who have exemplified a commitment to the promotion and engagement of race, ethnicity, religion, culture, gender, disability, language, sexual orientation and organization membership.

Awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Leaders of Tomorrow – an upper division YSU student (i.e. graduate student, senior or junior).
  • Campus Leadership – YSU administrator, staff or faculty.
  • Community Leadership – individual, business, group, agency, organization or community initiative (must be in existence for at least 3 years).

Nomination are available online at

Award recipients will be recognized at the Diversity Leadership Recognition Celebration 6 p.m. Thursday March 27 at Mr. Anthony’s. The cost is $35 per person or a table of eight for $280. For more information or to make reservations, contact the YSU Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at 330-941-3370 or visit and click “reservations” or “sponsor levels.”

Keynote speaker will be Dan Horacek, a YSU alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Mild to Moderate Disabilities who was born with cerebral palsy.  Guest artist will be YSU alumnus Dr. Alton Merrell, assistant professor in the YSU Dana School of Music.

Proceeds from the event will fund student scholarships through an endowment that has been established with the YSU Foundation. For more information or to apply for the Diversity Leadership Recognition Scholarship, visit Scholarship application deadline is Feb. 15 for the 2014-15 academic year.

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