Celebration

DEI Spotlight

Each month we invite you to nominate your colleague(s) for helping foster a kind and inclusive environment. By celebrating Nicholas School students, staff, and faculty each month for these efforts, we can foster a culture of recognition and inspire each other to do better. With your help, we can amplify brave actors and celebrate their contributions toward a more equitable, just, and inclusive community.

Learn more about the DEI Spotlight and see past winner by visiting the DEI Spotlight webpage.

Mentoring Awards

The Karen Kirchof Staff Award for Excellence in Mentoring Students in the Nicholas School of the Environment

The Nicholas School of the Environment created the Karen Kirchof Award for Excellence in Mentoring Students to celebrate and honor exemplary mentoring that lies at the core of the school’s doctoral, professional, and undergraduate programs. The award is to recognize the considerable efforts of full time staff who consistently invest their time and attention in mentoring of students. The award is designed to allow students to identify full time staff who embody thoughtful, intentional, and inclusive mentoring and advising of students outside the classroom.  

Each spring, the Nicholas School will recognize a full time staff member who best exemplifies the characteristics of effective mentoring for students in our doctoral, professional, or undergraduate programs. 

Nominations will be accepted from students currently enrolled in the doctoral, professional, or undergraduate programs, and can be from individuals or groups. Nominations should be in the form of a single page letter (pdf) sent to the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Nicolette Cagle, nicolette.cagle@duke.edu ). Nomination letters are due by April 1, 2023.   Nominating letters should speak directly to the four award criteria below.  Nomination letters will be reviewed by the AD of DEI and a subset of members of the Actionator committee.  Announcement of the award will be at graduation. 

  • Participates broadly in student engagement and programming, including clubs and social groups;
  • Uses a variety of resources to address student challenges and concerns; 
  • Demonstrates culturally-inclusive mentoring practices;
  • Commits to advancing students’ long-term professional development by connecting students to resources, professional opportunities, and local/national/international networks; and
  • Creates a supportive environment by fostering mutual respect and demonstrating sincere and active interest in the well-being of students.

The Norm Christensen Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring Doctoral Students in the Nicholas School of the Environment

The Nicholas School of the Environment created the Norm Christensen Award for Excellence in Mentoring Students to celebrate and honor exemplary mentoring that lies at the core of the school’s doctoral programs. The award is to recognize the considerable efforts of full time faculty who consistently invest their time and attention in mentoring of students. The award is designed to allow students to identify full time faculty who embody thoughtful, intentional, and inclusive mentoring and advising of students outside the classroom.  

Each spring, the Nicholas School will recognize a full time faculty member who best exemplifies the characteristics of effective mentoring for students in our doctoral programs. 

Nominations will be accepted from students currently enrolled in the doctoral programs and can be from individuals or groups. Nominations should be in the form of a single page letter (pdf) sent to the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Nicolette Cagle, nicolette.cagle@duke.edu ).  Nomination letters are due by April 1, 2023.   Nominating letters should speak directly to the four award criteria below.  Nomination letters will be reviewed by the AD of DEI and a subset of members of the Actionator committee.  Announcement of the award will be at graduation. 

Award Criteria:

  • Participates broadly in student engagement and programming, including clubs and social groups;
  • Uses a variety of resources to address student challenges and concerns; 
  • Demonstrates culturally-inclusive mentoring practices;
  • Commits to advancing students’ long-term professional development by connecting students to resources, professional opportunities, and local/national/international networks; and
  • Creates a supportive environment by fostering mutual respect and demonstrating sincere and active interest in the well-being of students.
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