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SOGI Larrabee Award

Tim LarrabeeOakland University is proud to offer the Timothy G. Larrabee SOGI Equity and Inclusion Award in recognition of his many contributions to the SOGI Initiative and to broader academic, cultural and community engagement goals of Oakland University and the surrounding community.

Timothy G. Larrabee, an Oakland University Associate Professor of Teacher Development and Educational Studies, was director of the SOGI Initiative, which strives to create a safe, welcoming supportive and inclusive campus climate for all students, staff, faculty and administrators regardless of sex, gender identity or sexual orientation, as well as to advocate for the larger LGBTQIA community.


Purpose
The Timothy G. Larrabee Diversity Award annually supports a new initiative, program or project designed to advance SOGI equality and inclusion on campus. Award applications demonstrating the greatest potential to create a positive impact on all University students, faculty and staff receive the most favorable consideration.

Eligibility
Applications are welcome from any member or group within the University community, and may include collaboration with University community partners. Proposed initiatives, programs and projects must clearly outline the means by which meaningful SOGI equity and inclusion activities beyond those of existing employee or department responsibilities will be supported.

Nominations are sought from the following categories: faculty, staff, students, administrative and academic units, student organizations, alumni and community members or organizations directly associated with Oakland University.

Nominees should:
  • Promote awareness and understanding or, as well as support for, the need to advance SOGI equity and inclusion efforts.
  • Build sensitivities to people of various sexual orientations and gender identities.
  • Partner with colleagues and or the community to implement activities and policies that support and enhance an inclusive environment.
  • Prepare campus community members, partners, supporters and friends to thrive in professional and social environments.
  • Create a sustainable new initiative that will enhance an inclusive environment.

Awards

Awards for specific initiatives, programs and projects that most effectively advance Oakland University’s equity and inclusion goals will be granted in sums of up to $2,000. Each award amount and selection will be based upon three criteria:

  • Significance - How has the applicant demonstrated thorough planning and a strong commitment to the proposed initiative, program or project that will help develop, enhance and sustain an equitable and inclusive environment for members of the GLBTQQI community?
  • Innovation – How will the proposed initiative, program or project be unique or different from existing activities and projects that address SOGI equity and inclusiveness?
  • Impact – What measurable outcomes will the proposed initiative, program or project produce to “move the needle” of SOGI equity and inclusiveness throughout Oakland University and the broader community?

The award will be presented annually to an individual or group recipient. Public recognition of the most exemplary initiative, program or project proposal each year will be acknowledged at the annual Oakland University Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference.


Nomination Packets
Packets should include:
  • The applicant’s name, email and nomination category.
  • A letter of application that specifically explains how the proposed initiative, program or project addresses the listed award criteria.
  • Other supporting materials, if necessary.
Nominations are due by March 1, 2017 and can be sent to Renee Dembeck. Communications including application materials should include the Timothy G. Larrabee SOGI Equity & Inclusion Award in the subject line.