Diversity & Inclusion Professionals

DAIP’s Annual Awards

Do you know an organization or individual that should be recognized for DEI leadership?

Each year, DAIP recognizes organizations and individuals who champion the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our community gathers each fall to be inspired by a nationally renowned keynote speaker and honor our winners during our Annual Awards Luncheon.

Anyone can nominate candidates to be considered for our annual awards. Is there an individual or organization you’d like to nominate for this year’s awards?

Please submit nominations by Friday, October 14, 2022.

What are we looking for in nominees?

  • Inspires a sense of belonging and support within their sphere of influence.
  • Recognizes and celebrates the presence of differences within their business, organization or community. This can mean differences in race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, protected status, or any number of things.
  • Creates an inclusive culture in their workplace or community by challenging inequities, barriers, and bias.
  • Empowers folks in their organization and their community to work towards the goals of diversity and inclusion.

Do you know a local organization or individual that should be recognized?

Fill out the nomination form below!

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Recent Award Winners

2021 Individual Award Winner:

Nina Pande

Nina Pande, CEO of Skills for Rhode Island’s Future

For providing training to bridge access to the workplace and college for first-generation students. For supporting the rapid setup and deployment of field hospitals during the pandemic. For supporting those who are underserved, unemployed, and who do not have access to professional development, and for getting people back into the workforce.

2021 Organizational Award Winner:

Rhode Island Community Food Bank

Adam Schiff, CEO of Rhode Island Community Food Bank

For making incredible strides to provide basic needs to Rhode Island’s most desperate communities during the pandemic. For serving as a statewide leader in addressing food insecurity with 159 member agencies, including food pantries, meal sites, shelters, youth programs, and senior centers.

Past Award Winners

2020 Winners:

Individual Award Winner

Dr. Nicole Alexander Scott (Rhode Island Department of Health)

Organizational Award Winner

Providence Promise

2019 Winners:

Individual Award Winner

Ethan Huckel (Huckel Inclusive)

Organizational Award Winner

Sojourner House

2018 Winners:

Organizational Award Winner

Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island

2017 Winners:

Individual Award Winner

Vanessa Flores-Maldonado
(Providence Community Police Relations Act)

Organizational Award Winner

Robert A. DiMuccio (Amica Mutual Insurance Company)

2016 Winners:

Individual Award Winner

Dr. Jodi Glass (Rhode Island for Community and Justice)

Individual Award Winner

Lucy Rios (RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence)

Organizational Award Winner

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