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

Submit a nomination the deadline: 15 October 2021

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.