MGA Diversity & Inclusion Award

This award is to recognize individuals, or teams, who have exhibited exemplary and substantive diversity and inclusion (IEEE Diversity Statement) of an extraordinary nature in implementing activities/projects  that support the goals of Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) at the local, regional, national and/or international level.

The accomplishments of the candidate should be of "significant performance" and should have made a distinguishing contribution. The focus should be on volunteering for IEEE, MGA, or its organizational units, not on professional achievement.

Review the nominator guidelines

2022 nominations deadline to be announced

Examples of previous MGA Award recipient contributions

A few examples of the contributions for which recipients could be recognized include:

  • For increasing diversity in member retention and transition through organizing IEEE programs and collaborative events; creating awareness among students regarding diversity & inclusion benefits; creating visibility to the Section volunteers and Student Branches about the IEEE Diversity Statement.
  • For outstanding contributions in the Section and Region; leading the development of an extensive programs for Student/YP/WIE/Members/LM, including sessions on Diversity & Inclusion, creating more awareness about IEEE Diversity Statement, sharing of ideas across the Region, and improving relationships between leaders; organizing Diversity & Inclusion breakout sessions during Congress, liaising with the organizing committee to consider focus in D&I for their Programs, Projects, Speakers, Panels, etc.
  • For efforts in aligning with MGA goals in educating professional and student members in D&I by organizing, hosting, and participating as a speaker at technical, professional and career development sessions and workshops at local meetings and international conferences; publishing editorials about D&I in the IEEE Societies magazine; promoting D&I focus and participation in IEEE Societies/ board levels.
  • For promoting IEEE D&I among students and mentoring young professionals to address humanitarian needs through technology in diverse teams; establishing effective mentoring programs through which IEEE members train uneducated youth and women from underprivileged societies; mentoring and training volunteers across the state in promoting IEEE Diversity Statement and its vision.
  • For creating a robust, engaged and diverse member environment by integrating Women In Engineering (WIE), Young Professionals (YP), Students & Professional Members and Life Members (LM) within the Section; started and led the Section WIE Affinity Group; successfully integrated D&I within Section functions and activities, resulting in increased exposure and growth of the Section; actively expanded D&I throughout the Region by engaging interested parties; started, chaired, and promoted a series of D&I conferences/ activities/projects that support the goals of Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) at the local, regional, national and/or international level which has attracted attendees from all regions. 

Eligibility

Candidates:
  • Must be an IEEE member in good standing
  • Cannot be a member of the MGA Board or MGA Awards and Recognition Committee
  • Must not be a past recipient of the MGA Diversity & Inclusion Award

Selection and Award Instrument

The selection and award instrument include:
  • Up to three (3) MGA Diversity & Inclusion Awards will be presented annually
  • Recipients will be selected by the MGA Awards and Recognition Committee and approved by the MGA Board at the November MGA Board Meeting   
  • Nominators and recipients will be notified in December
  • It should not allow self-nomination
  • One nominator  should not recommend more than one nominee
  • Recipients will receive a plaque suitably inscribed, attesting to the accomplishment(s) made by the individual(s), and a US$250 cash prize

More information

Please email MGA Awards at mga-awards@ieee.org if you have questions about the MGA Diversity & Inclusion Award or the MGA Awards Process.