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Contact: Melody Mitchell, PCSM Secretary   
(815) 753-8552

March 9, 2009

Nominations sought for 2009 Deacon Davis Diversity Award

DeKalb – The Northern Illinois University Presidential Commission on the Status of Minorities (PCSM) is accepting nominations for the 2009 Deacon Davis Diversity Award. Created in 2004, the award recognizes NIU students, faculty, staff, academic units, offices, programs or organizations for significant contributions made to the improvement of the status of minorities on campus.

Nomination forms and complete information regarding the nomination process are available online at Nominations must be received by Friday, March 27, and should be accompanied by a letter of support from someone other than the nominator.

The Deacon Davis Diversity Award is a non-monetary award that will be presented Wednesday, April 15, during the annual PCSM Spring Banquet.

The award is named for the late McKinley “Deacon” Davis, founder of NIU’s CHANCE (College Help & Assistance Necessary for College Education) Program. Since 1968, CHANCE has been a door of opportunity for many minority students to both enter, and graduate from, NIU.

The Presidential Commission on the Status of Minorities is the oldest commission in existence on the NIU campus and advocates for all minorities represented on campus and in the surrounding community and region.