Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alumni Award
Created in 2019, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alumni Award celebrates the rich diversity of the CANR alumni community. An alumnus will be honored annually for their professional accomplishments and service contributions to CANR, their field, and/or to their community, in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The focus areas of the nominations are as follows:
Career – Accomplishments/Contributions related to Diversity and Inclusion:
- Successful career path and/or entrepreneurial ventures
- Career achievements in their field
- Professional awards and honors
- Publications and Lectures
Service to MSU CANR – Accomplishments/Contributions related to Diversity and Inclusion:
- Leadership through supporting current students and student organizations
- Support of the Alumni Council and its initiatives
- Participation in alumni programs and events
Community Service – Accomplishments/Contributions related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Inclusion:
- Leadership and mentoring of youth
- Membership or support of civic, charitable or religious organizations
- Other community-related volunteer service or philanthropic support
- 2023: Eric Clark
- 2022: Rodney Cole
- 2021: Leonard A. Savala, III
- 2020: Dave Weatherspoon
- 2019: Loston Rowe
Rules for Selection: Nominees must have graduated from MSU CANR University as of June 2020. Alumni association board members cannot be nominated while they are serving on the board. A complete nomination must be submitted and include the nomination form and a detailed list of accomplishments/contributions in any or all of the three focus areas. Optional supporting documentation could include: press releases, articles, resume, publications and support letters.
If not selected in the first year, those submitting a nomination will be given the opportunity to update the nomination packet before consideration the second and third year. If a nominee is not selected within the three years, they will be removed from the nomination pool, but could be nominated again at a later time.
Published on February 20, 2023
Eric Clark will receive the 2023 CANR Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alumni Award during ANR Week.
Published on February 28, 2022
Rodney Cole will receive the 2022 CANR Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alumni Award during ANR Week.
Published on June 22, 2021
This top award recognizes work done in the space of diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the 2019-2020 academic year.
Published on February 16, 2021
Leonard Savala, III, Ph.D., will receive the 2021 CANR Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alumni Award during ANR Month.