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Tri-State Conference on Diversity and Inclusion

2022 Undergraduate Student Diversity Essay Contest


All entries must be submitted by 5:00 pm on August 22, 2022.

The Undergraduate Student Diversity Essay Contest, sponsored by the Tri-State Conference on Diversity and Inclusion Planning Committee, is intended to increase awareness, promote understanding and engage students in a discussion to help foster diversity and inclusion within the university/college community.

Essay Topic

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”  -James Baldwin


How have your life experiences led to your views on diversity and inclusion today? ?o you feel things are equitable for all? If not, What improvements would you make and what hinderances would you mitigate to encourage restorative practices? 

Who Can Enter?

Undergraduate students enrolled at any of the seven partnering institutions: 

  • Ohio University Southern

  • Marshall University (Includes Medicine & Pharmacy School)

  • Ashland Community & Technical College

  • Shawnee State University

  • University of Rio Grande & Rio Grande Community College

  • Mountwest Community & Technical College

  • Morehead State University


Students must be enrolled in at least six credit hours for the spring 2022 and fall 2022 semesters.

Contest Guidelines

  1. Each student may submit one essay.

  2. The maximum length of essays should be 3-5 pages. 1000 words maximum.

  3. The essay should be double-spaced, use 12-point type size in Times New Roman or Barlow font, with 1-inch margins and numbered pages.

  4. Essays must be the original, unpublished work of the student.

  5. No name or other identifying references should appear anywhere in the essay, which includes the cover page.

  6. All entries must be submitted by 5:00 pm on August 22, 2022.

  7. Keep a copy of your essay since no materials will be returned.

Award Information

  • $750.00 one-time scholarship

  • The winning student will be notified via email.

  • The selected winning essay will be announced during the Tri-State Diversity Conference on Diversity and Inclusion.


By accepting this prize, winners grant to the Tri-State Conference on Diversity and Inclusion Planning Committee and all seven partnering institutions the right to edit, publish, copy, display and otherwise use their entries in connection with this contest, and to further use their name, likeness, and biographical information in advertising and promotional materials, without further compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law. No responsibility can be assumed for lost or late mail. Entries will not be returned.

How to submit your essay

  1. Complete the online Undergraduate Student Diversity Essay Contest Entry Form

  2. Attach your essay (No name or other identifying references should appear anywhere in the essay which includes the cover page)

  3. Submit the essay

  4. You will receive a receipt once the essay has been successfully submitted

To submit your essay:

All submissions become the property of the Conference Planning Committee and may be used by the Conference Planning Committee in accordance with their mission.



A seven-member panel of faculty, one representing each campus, will evaluate each submission and select the winning essay. The panel’s decision will be final.

​Selection Process

Essays will be judged according to:

  • Research and use of relevant sources.

  • Quality and clarity of message.

  • Understanding, interpretations, and conclusions regarding diversity and inclusion in the context of the essay topic.

  • Full compliance with all competition procedures.



Marlita Cadogan

Coordinator | Student Life, Diversity & Inclusion

Shawnee State University

Phone: (740) 351.3516



Robert Pleasant

2021 Conference Committee Chairperson

Associate Director-Office of Student Services

Ohio University Southern

Phone: (740)533.4608

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