The College of Liberal Arts Civitas Awards
The College of Liberal Arts Civitas Awards recognize individuals and organizations who are strong partners of the CLA, as well as individuals and organizations who make a difference in the community. Through the Civitas Awards, we honor community partners and others who are making a difference in ways that align with CLA’s purpose:
The purpose of the College of Liberal Arts is to advance a thoughtful, knowledgeable, and engaged society through its three-fold mission: to create new knowledge and artistic expression and develop the next generation of scholars; to educate graduate and undergraduate students and prepare them for a productive life of intellectual curiosity, cultural appreciation, and continuous learning; and to engage with our community to achieve the land-grant promise of a university in service to the community.
Be sure to review the nomination criteria for each award before submitting a nomination
For questions, contact Director of Public Engagement Amelious Whyte at firstname.lastname@example.org
The nomination process for each award requires a written essay. Nominations are currently being accepted for the Dean's Liberal Arts Champion, the Community Catalyst Award, the Community Partner Award, and the Backpack Communications Award.
What is the timeline?
A call for nominations will be sent out during fall semester.
Honorees will be informed in early March of their being nominated and selected for the award. Their acceptance of the award is then confirmed. After all award honorees are confirmed, nominators are informed of their candidates’ status.
A recognition event honoring honorees will take place in June. The award will also be publicized through numerous CLA communications channels. CLA does not cover travel expenses for honorees to collect their awards.
How are the award-winners chosen?
Faculty, staff, students, and alumni will collaborate to select honorees.
Award Descriptions & Nomination Processes
The Dean’s Liberal Arts Champion is a person who is a strong and passionate advocate for the value of the liberal arts. This annual award will be given to a person who, through their work, words, or deeds, explicitly demonstrates the value of the liberal arts to society.
Only CLA alumni, faculty, students, and staff may nominate people for this award.
Other Civitas Awards
Only CLA faculty, staff, and students may nominate people or organizations for these Civitas awards. Nominators ideally should be personally engaged with the community member or organization they are nominating, rather than being merely familiar with their work with CLA.