Dr. Francine Childs is Professor Emerita in the Department of African American Studies at OHIO where she has served in various capacities, including but not limited to curriculum chair (1974–1996), director of summer programs (1975–1978) and department chairperson (1984–1989). This award is named in her honor to recognize and celebrate her significant contributions to the university, her leadership in academia and her role as a change catalyst in the lives of OHIO students.
Diarra is enrolled in Ohio University's Honors Tutorial College. She is president of the Golden Key International Society and a tutor at the Academic Advancement Center. She also serves on the Honors Tutorial College Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is a second-year LINKS Peer Mentor. Most importantly, she is tireless in her efforts to advance social justice and equality on campus and beyond.
Nominees should be undergraduates of junior or senior status and should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Student candidates can be nominated by any students, faculty, staff or alumnus. Self nominations are permitted.
Nominations should include a description of how the candidate has advanced institutional diversity and inclusion goals, including: