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 2015 Advancing Diversity 

The AACC Advancing Diversity Award recognizes the college that has contributed significantly and over a sustained period of time to advancing diversity in community college leadership, the community, and within higher education as a whole.

Criteria used to evaluate applications are as follows:

  • Demonstrates an ongoing commitment with dedicated resources and measurable outcomes to increase diversity within the college and the greater community.
  • Articulates in the college mission statement dedication to social equity for all students and personnel in terms of race, gender, age, physical ability, and sexual orientation.
  • Sponsors programs to promote diverse leaders and engage diverse student populations.
  • Reflects the diversity of its community and student population.
  • Models innovative and progressive practices that support institutional equity.
  • Maintains and advocates for policies that support diversity at local, state, and national levels.


  • Colleges led by current members of the AACC Board of Directors are not eligible to apply.
  • Previous winners in this category are not eligible to apply.
  • Award finalists in a previous year are eligible to apply in the same category for the subsequent year.  However, the finalist must submit an enhanced application. Enhanced means that the applicant must show further strengthening of the diversity and equity initiatives on the campus. 

General Guidelines and Nomination Instructions:

  • All nominated colleges must be current AACC members, as well as maintain active institutional membership in the association for 2016.
  • Nomination cover sheet must be signed by CEO. 

Each award is given annually, and the honoree(s) will be recognized at the AACC Annual Convention.
Nominating packages (excluding required photos) should be transmitted ELECTRONICALLY IN ONE PDF via the link provided at the bottom of this page to the Awards of Excellence Hightail Mailbox AND include the following:

  • Nomination cover sheet [PDF].
  • Minimum two letters of support.
  • Additional support materials (i.e. news coverage, fact sheet, descriptions) not to exceed five (5) pages.
  • 5 publication quality photos: (1) publication quality head shot of the CEO [300 dpi resolution or higher], (1) publication quality head shot of the CEO in front of the college, and (3)  photos of reflecting the diversity of the campus – can include photos of hosted programs, etc.

IMPORTANT: Nominating package should be contained IN ONE PDF and the file name should be the NAME OF YOUR INSTITUTION. [Example: MontgomeryCollege.pdf] Also, please include "National Awards Program Nomination" in the subject line provided when you click on the link below to ensure proper delivery.

Deadline for receipt of entries is Monday, November 30, 2015. Finalists for the award will be notified in advance. Names of award winner(s) will be embargoed until announced at the AACC Convention

 Upload application packet here

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