Diversity and Inclusion Awards

Diversity & Inclusion Service Award – The WDAFS Diversity & Inclusion Committee presents this award to an AFS Western Division Member who has exhibited service and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives within the fisheries profession. The purpose of this award is to celebrate every day, unsung heroes who dedicate their time and passion to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

Diversity & Inclusion Mentorship Award – The WDAFS Diversity & Inclusion Committee presents this award to a promising student or early career professional interested in developing diversity, equity, and inclusion leadership skills. For the duration of the year, the award recipient will receive mentorship by Diversity and Inclusion Committee members and have the opportunity to participate in Committee activities. We highly encourage nominations for individuals belonging to historically underrepresented minority groups in the fisheries field. AFS membership is not required to apply to this award. Please include information detailing the applicant’s interest in fisheries and in developing diversity, equity, and inclusion-related leadership skills, and any additional materials as needed (e.g., letters of recommendation, resume, etc.).

To nominate someone for either D&I award, please write a one-page summary of the contributions and accomplishments of the nominee, noting specifically how they align with the award for which they are being nominated. Self-nominations and peer-nominations are encouraged for both awards. Award recipients will receive up to $500 (USD) for meeting registration, travel costs, and one year of AFS membership (if needed) to attend any meeting sponsored by the American Fisheries Society (e.g., chapter, Western Division, or national meeting) in the award year.

Please send your nomination materials to [email protected] by February 1, 2021. If you have any questions about these awards, please contact us at [email protected]. Award recipients will be announced no later than March 1, 2021.

Past Award Winners

Cheyenne Owens – Service Award
Karli Tyance – D&I Mentorship Award
Dr. Zach Penney – Service Award
Jesse Gordon – D&I Mentorship Award