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.

Deadline extended! Apply or submit a nomination through May 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