JEDI Award Winners Demonstrate Commitment To Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
The JEDI Awards are presented at the annual Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement banquet to honor individuals who make the campus a more inclusive place.
Thirteen years ago, we began a tradition of recognizing CAS students, staff, and faculty for their dedication to the IME mission and our goal of building and sustaining a truly inclusive campus community. To be nominated for a JEDI Award is a great honor, and we recognize that there are many people in all three campuses doing amazing work in the areas of diversity and inclusion. It is our combined efforts that create joyous communities and incredible growth. Each of us contributes in our own way to the Lewis & Clark community and the student experience in ways that are tangible and intangible. We should all be proud to continue working towards a more inclusive, socially just, and welcoming institution.
Emerging Leader Award
This award recognizes a first-year student who has demonstrated leadership, commitment to the Lewis & Clark community, and potential for even further positive impact on campus.
Excellence in Inclusive Engagement Award
This award is presented to an undergraduate student who strives towards working for a more socially just community at Lewis & Clark. They support diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives on campus. Whether this is from a particular leadership role, or as a hidden figure supporting from behind-the-scenes, this student demonstrates a willingness to take action to create an inclusive community.
Ray Warren Leadership Award
The Ray Warren Leadership Award is named after the man who dedicated his career to serving students at this institution. Beginning his work at L&C in Admissions and later becoming Associate Dean of Students and Director of Ethnic Student Services in 1992 (what is now IME), he is revered for being a foundational pillar of support to all students, but of special significance for students of color and historically underrepresented students more broadly. His impact lives on and is of immeasurable value. The Ray Warren Leadership Award is the longest-standing award that IME has presented to students and it is awarded to a graduating senior who possess a spirit of determination, care, open-mindedness, and optimism. They have demonstrated outstanding leadership on campus and a commitment to diversity and multicultural education.
Kristi Williams Staff & Faculty Award
Kristi Williams was a member of the advising staff whose work touched the lives of an untold number of students over more than 30 years with the college. The Kristi Williams Staff & Faculty Award recognizes staff or faculty members who continue Kristi’s legacy, going above and beyond their roles and responsibilities to work towards IME’s core values by supporting underrepresented students and fostering a diverse and inclusive campus community committed to social justice.