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Undergraduate Student Diversity Essay Contest announced

Undergraduate Student Diversity Essay Contest announced

The Undergraduate Student Diversity Essay Contest, sponsored by the Tri-State Conference on Diversity and Inclusion Planning Committee, has been announced.

The winner of this year’s contest will receive a $750 one-time scholarship and will be announced during the Tri-State Diversity Conference on Diversity and Inclusion, which is virtual this year. The conference will be Sept. 20-24 with keynote speaker Dr. Elaine Richardson, author, artist, scholar and The Ohio State University Professor of Literacy Studies.

This year’s essay topic is: Diversity can mean many things when we think of diversity in the context of people. Who we are and how we identify is sometimes visible and sometimes invisible to others creating dimensions in diversity. In what ways do you consider yourself diverse? What has led you to embrace it? Lastly, please tell of a time you faced obstacles because of that diversity, how you overcame them, and how it has impacted how you interact with others.

Entries are being accepted through Aug. 23, 2021.

Undergraduate students from any of the seven partnering institutions may enter the contest:

  • Ohio University Southern
  • Marshall University (Includes Medical and Pharmacy School)
  • Ashland Community & Technical College
  • Shawnee State University
  • University of Rio Grande & Rio Grande Community College
  • Mountwest Community & Technical College
  • Morehead State University at Ashland

Robert Pleasant, associate director of Ohio University Southern’s Student Resource Commons, said all seven institutions partnering to offer this year’s conference are committed to creating a culture that celebrates diversity, inclusion and equity. OHIO Southern is this year’s host institution.

“We created the Undergraduate Student Diversity Essay Contest because we know that our students are not only future leaders, but many are leading us now and they provide valuable and diverse perspectives that can address the continuing challenges that we face,” Pleasant said.


For more information on contest guidelines, the selection process and how to submit, click here.