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Awards Application

Applications for the DEI Awards will be accepted until August 6, 2021. 

Application Requirements:

To be considered, the company/organization or individual nominated must show strong evidence of specific work that accomplishes one or more of the following:

  • Significantly promotes diversity, equity and inclusion, and cultural competency development among the company/organization and/or within the community of West Des Moines and/or region at large.
  • Addresses important areas of diversity, equity and inclusion such as recruitment of talent, retention of employees, organizational work climate and/or community outreach.
  • Leads initiatives in capturing outcomes of increased awareness, understanding or promoting diversity at your organization and in the community.
  • Implements steps toward fostering diversity in the workplace with programs that maximize the potential of all people.
  • Creates partnerships between managers and employees to resolve diversity workplace issues.
  • Promotes diversity in the workplace and/or in the community.
  • Improves cultural competency through company/organization and/or community initiatives.
  • If you are a company, you have a supplier diversity program and/or you work with suppliers of color and they are included in your purchasing plan & pipelines OR you are deliberately working on this area and ways to help grow the economics of the BIPOC community.   

Judges Panel & Criteria:

When assessing the company/organization or individual’s community-related projects, the blue ribbon panel of judges will look at initiatives that involve the following efforts:

  • Provide support to community-based diversity programs designed to improve cultural awareness and sensitivity.
  • Take a proactive role in local diversity and minority issues by, for example, building relationships with diversity community advisory councils or educating citizens on matters of diversity disparities.
  • Encourage volunteerism in the community that helps to elevate cultural connections; participate in community diversity outreach programs that help others learn more about the positive role that diversity plays.

Application Form:

Note: Letters of support should highlight how they significantly promoted diversity, equity, and inclusion and cultural competency development in the workplace. Include details on programs and initiatives, including reference materials and documents. 

Questions? Reach out to Kara Matheson, Director of Workforce Development.