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For Immediate Release
September 09, 2019

Reservations Still Being Accepted for Second Annual Welcoming Fort Wayne Diversity Awards at Purdue University Fort Wayne

Key Info

  • Welcoming Fort Wayne Diversity Awards
  • Thursday, September 19
  • 8:30–10:30 a.m., International Ballroom
  • Make reservations now

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The public is invited to attend the second annual Welcoming Fort Wayne Diversity Awards on Thursday, September 19, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the International Ballroom at Purdue University Fort Wayne. Those wishing to attend can make reservations here.

The awards will be presented to eight individual immigrants or refugees, groups, or organizations whose exceptional achievements have shown a well-defined commitment to multiculturalism in the Fort Wayne community.

The event begins at 8:30  a.m. with a free continental breakfast, followed by brief welcoming remarks by Purdue Fort Wayne Chancellor Ronald L. Elsenbaumer at 9 a.m.

The awards cover the following categories:

  1. Positive Role Model: An individual modeling success and advocating for inclusion. Helps others to be driven, to focus, to achieve goals and strive for success.
  2. Community Organization: An organization that commits a significant portion of its activities to immigrants and refugees.
  3. Entrepreneur of Excellence: An individual or collective who has created a business that is either serving as a model or a valuable resource for other immigrants/refugees in the community.
  4. Diverse Employer of the Year: An organization/company employing a diverse workforce with an understanding of marketplace demographics and the need for growing intercultural professional relationships.
  5. Lifetime Achiever: An individual who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to inclusive relationship-building through activities or endeavors that intentionally enhance equality, diversity, and inclusion.
  6. Emerging Leader: A young professional with demonstrable vision, passion and dedication to improving the lives of immigrant/refugee families in the community.
  7. Social Justice: An individual who fosters diversity and social justice education, competency, and/or action in the community.
  8. Storyteller: An individual or organization whose work in the media highlights the diversity and positive impacts of immigrants and refugees in our community.

For additional information, contact Susan Alderman, at 260-481-6165 (office), 260-489-5349 (cell), or