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Every year the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED) honors individuals and organizations for outstanding efforts to promote equal opportunity and diversity in education, employment and business.

The annual awards ceremony takes place during the AAAED National Conference. The next ceremony will occur in Indinapolis, IN at the 45th National Conference and Annual Meeting, June 11 - 13, 2019. Click here for registration information.


The AAAED Award Categories are:

The Drum Major For Justice Award

A special acknowledgement of the extraordinary contributions that an organization or individual, including a public servant or one who has held an elective office or appointment to public service, has made to the cause of equity, access and diversity.

Arthur A. Fletcher Award

Presented to an individual with a lifetime of achievement promoting and advocating for affirmative action, EEO, and diversity.

Cesar Estrada Chavez Award

Presented to an individual who has demonstrated leadership in support of workers' rights and humanitarian issues.

Rosa Parks Award

Presented to an individual who has served as a role model and leader to others through personal achievements, excellence in a chosen field, commitment to human rights, civil rights and social issues and contribution to the betterment of society.

Edward M. Kennedy Community Service Award

Presented to an individual or organization demonstrating outstanding community service.

Roosevelt Thomas Champion of Diversity Award

Presented to an organization or corporation fostering equal opportunity as well as exhibiting outstanding commitment to diversity.

Emerging Leader Award

Recognizes individual(s) who have or are demonstrating excellence in the community and/or workplace.  Individuals who display potential for leadership and continuing service in the field of access, equity and diversity.

The President's Award

Presented to a member(s) who has made an outstanding service contribution to the Association.


Please submit all nominations by December 21, 2018.

Submit a Nomination 


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