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Greater Cincinnati HRC Seeking Nominations for Three Awards

Each year, the Workplace Equality committee of the Greater Cincinnati HRC solicits nominations for awards to be given at the annual gala dinner. Who do you know that has been a great advocate for equality? Be it a person, a company, an affinity group, etc., there's an award for them! Take a look below at the three awards and nominate someone deserving of recognition for their fight for equality!

Nominations deadline for all three awards is December 14th.


The David Crowley HRC Greater Cincinnati Equality Leadership Award 

The David Crowley HRC Greater Cincinnati Equality Leadership Award aims to recognize one individual or non-profit organization each year in the Greater Cincinnati community who has shown passion, dedication, and leadership in their effort to promote LGBT equality.

This award is named after David Crowley, a visionary leader in the community. David was the first recipient of this prestigious award, and a key figure in helping overturn Cincinnati’s discriminatory Article XII, which prevented the city from passing legislation to protect LGBT citizens. After the repeal of Article XII, David’s courageous efforts as lead sponsor led to the passage of non-discrimination legislation in the City of Cincinnati in 2006.

HRC Greater Cincinnati “David C. Crowley Equality Leadership Award" Nomination Form

 


LGBT Affinity Group of the Year Award 

Local companies with LGBT Affinity Groups will be notified of the annual award, and nominations will be accepted through December 14, 2012. Award information and criteria will be posted on the HRC website and distributed through publications as widely as possible. The award will be formally presented at the HRC Greater Cincinnati Gala in February.

The application for the award collects information that will help in the award selection process:

•  Name and contact information of person completing application.
•  The LGBT Affinity Group being nominated.
•  The date that the LGBT Affinity Group was founded.
•  The efforts this LGBT Affinity Group made over the past two years to engage LGBT employees within the company.
•  The efforts this LGBT Affinity Group has made over the past two years to educate and engage straight allies.
•  Ways in which this LGBT Affinity  Group has been advocating for changes in company policies.
•  Ways in which this LGBT Affinity group has affected recent changes in LGBT policies, and how the LGBT Affinity Group was involved in this process.
•  (If this company is rated on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index) How this company’s LGBT Affinity group helped to improve its score on the HRC’s CEI scale.
•  Events in which the LGBT Affinity group attempted to engage the local community.
•  Ways in which this LGBT Affinity Group worked with ERG Groups from other companies to share best practices.
•  Ways in which this LGBT Affinity Group worked with other Employee Resource Groups within the same company.
•  Traits that distinguish this LGBT Affinity Group from LGBT Affinity Groups at other local companies.

The Board of Governors will vote to select the LGBT Affinity Group with the most outstanding characteristics.  They will then present their suggested winner/nominee to the Steering Committee for final vote and approval.

The winner of the award will be formally announced at the HRC Greater Cincinnati Gala in February.

HRC Greater Cincinnati “LGBT Affinity Group of the Year Award” Nomination Form

Using the HRC Greater Cincinnati LGBT Affinity Group of the Year Award, the HRC Greater Cincinnati Steering Committee will honor one employee resource group per year for its outstanding efforts in promoting equality for LGBT people in the workplace and in the Greater Cincinnati Community.



Corporate Equality Award 

The HRC Greater Cincinnati Corporate Equality Award honors one company per year for its outstanding efforts in promoting equality for LGBT people in the workplace and in the Greater Cincinnati Community.
Companies with a local presence and more than 50 employees are notified of the HRC Greater Cincinnati Corporate Equality Award. Award information and criteria will be posted on the HRC website and will be distributed through publications as widely as possible. 

The application for the award collects information that will help in the award selection process:
•  Name and contact information of person completing the application.
•  Name and address of company being nominated.
•  Score the company earned this year and last year on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index.

NOTE: If company has not been rated on HRC’s CEI, the following questions are posed:
•  Does the company’s non-discrimination policy and diversity training include sexual orientation?
•  Does the company’s non-discrimination policy and diversity training include gender identity or expression?
•  Does the company offer partner benefits?
•  Does the company have an LGBT employee resource group? If not is the company open to having such a group if employees expressed interest?
•  Does the company positively engage the external LGBT community?
•  Does the company exhibit responsible behavior toward the LGBT community and avoid action that would undermine LGBT equality?

•  Recent changes made to LGBT policies
•  LGBT events in the community that have been sponsored or promoted by the company being nominated.
•  What distinguishes the nominated company from other companies in terms of LGBT events.
•  What the company does to encourage an LGBT-friendly climate (above and beyond policy).

The applications are reviewed by the Corporate Equality Committee by mid-November and the nominations are narrowed to 3-5 official nominees based upon the above application criteria.

The 3-5 official nominees, and their accompanying applications, are presented to the HRC Greater Cincinnati Steering Committee for vote at the December meeting.

The nominated company with the most votes will be honored with this year’s Corporate Equality award (following approval by the Greater Cincinnati HRC Board of Governors). The award recipient will be notified by the first of January, and will be formally recognized at HRC Greater Cincinnati’s Annual Gala in February.

HRC Greater Cincinnati Corporate Equality Award Nomination Form

The HRC Greater Cincinnati Steering Committee honors one company per year for its outstanding efforts in promoting equality for LGBT people in the workplace and in the Greater Cincinnati community with the HRC Greater Cincinnati Corporate Equality Award.