Include Award

Purpose: Through the Include Award, the IFT community will recognize the work individual(s) or an organization in the science of food have done to advance equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Inaugural Recipient (2020): George Washington Carver, accepted posthumously by Tuskegee University

Award: Donation of $3,000 to a social justice organization of the recipient’s choice and a crystal award from IFT

Criteria: Individual(s)* or an organization impacting the science of food, whose outstanding efforts result in one or more of the following:

  • Addressing the inequalities in the food system. Ethical and impactful solutions to tackle the aspects of the global food system that make food unaffordable and inaccessible to many.

  • Dismantling systems of exclusion and create processes, policies, and practices to ensure an equitable distribution of resources, power, and influence in their workplace or university.

  • Contributing to advance diversity and inclusion within the IFT community so that more people from a variety of demographic backgrounds and identities can access the opportunities and resources that IFT offers.

Special Instructions: Please submit the following documents with your nomination:

  • Nomination Statement (Four pages in which they describe work done by the nominated individual(s) or organization.)
  • Letter of Impact (in place of a reference letter): Submitted by a person or a representative of a community that was impacted by the individual(s) or organization.
  • Optional: Up to three attachments to expand on the impact that the individual(s) or organization had. (e.g., images, PowerPoint presentation, video)

Note: Students are eligible for this award

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