Nominations for Dennis-Weathers Award Sought

Posted: December 21, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The annual university-wide Dennis-Weathers Award honors the work and spirit of W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963), sociologist, historian, novelist, editor, political activist and one of the most gifted and influential black intellectuals of the 20th century.

Sponsored by Rutledge Dennis, professor of sociology and anthropology, in support of African-American Studies at George Mason, the award is presented in memory of David and Ora Porcher Dennis and Joseph and Rebecca Rutledge Weathers.

The Dennis-Weathers Award recognizes both a faculty or staff member and a student who have demonstrated a commitment to increasing awareness of intercultural and cross-cultural understanding at Mason and in the broader community. This award is presented at the W.E.B. Du Bois lecture sponsored by the minor program in African American Studies during Black History Month. Nominations are due on Thursday, Feb. 2.

Criteria for the awards follow.

The faculty or staff member recipient:

  • Facilitates cross-cultural experiences that increase intercultural skills; develop appreciation and interest in diverse cultures; and allow faculty and staff, and/or students, to meet and work together with people different from themselves

  • Develops curricula, programs and assessments that integrate world-mindedness with active learning, inquiry and the development of critical thinking skills
  • Is engaged in intercultural and cross-cultural education and understanding through activities such as committee work, classes, workshops, publications, political action, civic engagement and research on campus and in the local community
  • Demonstrates leadership in the elimination of discrimination through encouragement or understanding between persons of different races, sexes, ages, ethnicities, sexualities or religious heritage

The student recipient:

  • Is engaged in intercultural and cross-cultural education and understanding through activities such as workshops, classes, student organizations, political action or civic engagement

  • Demonstrates leadership in the elimination of discrimination through encouragement or understanding between persons of different races, sexes, ages, ethnicities, sexualities or religious heritage
  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity and cross-cultural issues
  • Demonstrates leadership in the elimination of discrimination through encouragement or understanding between persons of different races, sexes, ages, ethnicities, sexualities or religious heritage

An application form with three letters of support addressing the critieria are required. For an application form and more information, contact Nicole Rousseau, associate director, African American Studies, at 703-993-4080 or nroussea@gmu.edu.

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