Dr. Bailus Walker, Jr. Diversity and Inclusion Awareness Award

This award is given annually to recognize an individual or group that has made significant achievements in the development or enhancement of a more culturally diverse, inclusive, and competent environment.  The qualified individual or group will demonstrate support for diversity in their organization and community.

Apply today! The 2021 application period runs from January 15 to April 15, 2021.

Dr. Bailus Walker Jr. Online Application


Selection Criteria

Applications for the Dr. Bailus Walker Jr. Diversity and Inclusion Awareness Award should demonstrate:

  1. The individual is a member of NEHA.  If a team submission all team members must be members of NEHA. 
  2. The individual or group works within Environmental Health.
  3. The individual or group is a contributor to diversity efforts.

The online application requires the applicant or nominator to write a description of the diversity effort(s) in summary format.  The summary should address the following criteria:

  • Activities supporting diverse groups or programs.
  • Activities that promote environmental stewardship.
  • Activities in the community that foster diversity awareness.
  • Activities that demonstrate valuing interpersonal work relationships.
  • Activities that demonstrate an appreciation of contributions in a diverse workplace.

For Staff/Teams: demonstrate consciousness of diversity through interactions and interpersonal relations with coworkers and the public.

For Managers: the organization reflects diversity through policies, programs, and representation.

Additional Submission Requirements

  • Applications must submit a Curriculum Vitae/Resume that includes a summary of education, employment history, awards, honors, professional activities, and publications.
  • Only complete online applications, submitted by NEHA members, will be considered.
  • Each application will be reviewed by an award panel.  The panel shall consist of three (3) NEHA Board members and one member At-large NEHA member appointed by the Board President.

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Questions? Contact NEHA Award Liaison, Jonna Ashley, jashley@neha.org