Epsilon Sigma Phi
The Extension Professionals' Organization

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Diversity / Multicultural Individual and Team Recognition Awards
Chapter & National by Region

To submit an individual application, click here.

To submit an team application, click here.

Acknowledges outstanding efforts and accomplishments in developing, achieving and sustaining Extension programs and/or audiences in our diverse and multicultural society.

Diversity refers to the fact that our community, both locally and nationally, is comprised of many individuals, each having unique attributes based on a variety of social, physical, and cultural characteristics.

Multiculturalism is a philosophy that recognizes, accepts, and integrates the contributions and achievements of all people into the social and economic fabric of the community in which they exist. Multiculturalism requires an understanding of and respect for the historical bases of the belief systems and traditions of various groups to develop their members socially, emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, and physically.

Nominations should show understanding, valuing and celebrating differences among people relative to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status and sexual orientation. (List is not all-inclusive and not limited to those mentioned.)

Judging Criteria:

  • Program description addresses significant diversity/multicultural issues for a period of at least one year.
  • Makes innovative efforts to attract and reach diverse and/or multicultural audiences.
  • Demonstrates collaborative efforts.
  • Utilizes creative and unique strategies to market or publicize the program to reach diverse and/or targeted audiences.
  • Makes efforts above and beyond affirmative action program requirements. 
  • Demonstrates potential for replication by others.

Judging Criteria

  • Program description using the above criteria - 60 points
  • Accomplishments / Evaluation - 25 points
  • Future Implications - 15 points
  • Total Points  - 100 points

Diversity/Multicultural - Individual and Team Recognition
(Chapter)

  • One team (two or more individuals) award and one individual recognition award per chapter per year may be recognized annually.
  • A team or individual may submit applications.
  • The team nomination should include all staff (full-time and part-time academic professional and classified) that had a primary role in planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating the program.
  • The diversity/multicultural program must have been implemented in the past three years.
  • At least 50% of team members eligible for ESP membership must be ESP members whose dues are paid for the previous year and the current year (by February 1).
An editable/ printable Chapter Recognition Certificate can be prepared (download from Chapter Resources) and signed by chapter leadership. ESP certificate seals are available for purchase from the ESP Store.

Diversity/Multicultural - Individual and Team Recognition
(National by Region)

  • One team and one individual recognition per region per year.
  • Nominee must be current or previous chapter recipient.
  • A team or individual may submit a nomination.
  • Nominees must complete an online Diversity Multicultural Individual or Diversity Multicultural Team Recognition Form and must be included on the Chapters National Recognition Nomination Form. Both must be submitted by March 1.
  • Chapters cast a single vote for the nominees from their region, votes will be weighted based on the number of delegates the chapter has for the National Council Meeting.
  • The diversity/multicultural program must have been implemented in the past three years.
  • At least 50% of team members eligible for ESP membership must be ESP members whose dues are paid for the previous year and the current year (by February 1).
  • The recognition is presented to recipients during the National ESP Conference Recognition Event.


Epsilon Sigma Phi is a
501(c)3 non-profit organization.


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Newnan, GA 30263
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