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AAG Enhancing Diversity Award

Deadline: September 15, yearly

The AAG Enhancing Diversity Award honors those geographers who have pioneered efforts toward or actively participated in efforts toward encouraging a more diverse discipline over the course of several years. The award is presented at the Awards Luncheon during the AAG's Annual Meeting.

Criteria: Individuals are eligible, regardless of their status as AAG members.

Nominations: To make nominations for the Enhancing Diversity Award, include the complete name and address of the nominee and a concise (500 words maximum) yet specific description of the accomplishments that warrant the nominee’s selection. Digital submissions are encouraged. Send nominations to grantsawards@aag.org with AAG Enhancing Diversity Award as the subject line. Alternately, nominations can be sent to: Association of American Geographers, attn: AAG Enhancing Diversity Award, 1710 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20009-3198.

For more information about AAG's activities for enhancing diversity, please visit www.aag.org/diversity.


Previous Recipients

2012

Laura PulidoLaura Pulido for her research on how various groups experience racial and class oppression, how these experiences differ among particular communities of color, and how they mobilize to create a more socially-just world. She also worked to complete several projects left by her recently deceased friend and colleague, Clyde Woods, whom was also honored. She is a professor of American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California.

Clyde WoodsThe late Clyde Woods for developing a one-of-a-kind research program engaging social and public policy issues by examining the cultural practices of those oppressed by such policies. His book, Development Arrested, was highly acclaimed and a model of interdisciplinary research. Woods will be remembered as an important mentor to many, and as a public intellectual challenging how we understand race and human geographic knowledge production. 

 

2011

Rickie Sanders in recognition of her longstanding contributions to supporing students who are underrepresented in geography to enter into the profession at all levels of training and to prepare them to be exceptional professionals.

 

2010

Laurence G. Wolf for his pioneering efforts to advocate for inclusion,
particularly related to sexual identity and differences in ableness, and in the domains of geographic research and publications on issues of diversity in the discipline and in society.

 

2009

John Frazier for his accomplishments in creating an environment where geographers make matters of race and ethnicity a priority in their classrooms and research, and for demonstrating and practicing effective models for inclusion and broadening participation in the discipline and beyond.

 

Glen Elder for his empirically grounded and theoretically sophisticated scholarship at the intersections of gender, race, sexuality, class, culture, and place; for his ardent voice for the marginalized, the dominated, and the less powerful; for making significant contributions to the fields of Gender Studies, Queer Studies, African Studies, and Political and Urban Geography; and for his deep and lifelong commitment to social justice and practices of broad inclusion.

 

2008
Reginald Golledge for his long-standing efforts to support and mentor underrepresented students in higher education, particularly for his attention to those with disabilities, and in recognition of his excellence in scholarship discovering ways to allow disabled people to become fully integrated into their communities around the world.

 

2007
Jacquelyn Beyer for her work to establish nondiscrimination and monitoring of the status of women and minorities within the association, for her promotion of research on lesbian and gay communities, and for her introduction of scholarship on women into the university geography curriculum, among her other pioneering efforts and advocacy for women within the profession and discipline of geography.

Janice Jones Monk for her many and incomparable personal, professional, and scholarly contributions to promoting and enhancing diversity in our society, our discipline, and our association over her illustrious career as a geographer.

 

2006
Joe Darden for being a stellar personal and professional role model, a national leader for promoting diversity in universities, and a champion for the greater inclusion of minority groups into our society and the discipline of geography.

 

2005
Don Deskins for his pioneering leadership toward enhancing diversity within geography particularly through serving as the founding Director of the AAG Commission on Geography and Afro-America; for his support of faculty from predominantly Black colleges and universities, and many other tangible and intangible benefits of his deep devotion and dedicated leadership in promoting diversity in geography.

Saul Cohen for being one of the strongest and most vocal supporters of early diversity activities within the AAG, for his initiation of numerous activities designed to increase the enrollment of Black students in geography, and for his role as major advocate for diversifying the discipline, fundraiser for diversity activities, and mentor to young students and professionals, helping to establish and grow a new generation of African- American geographers.