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The University of Tennessee College of Social Work Social Justice Changemaker Award


Award Summary:

CNM’s ‘Salute to Excellence’ UTK College of Social Work Social Justice Changemaker Award celebrates a minority-led nonprofit organization’s outstanding commitment to social justice. The award recognizes a minority-led nonprofit agency’s transformational work relative to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their mission-centered work.

Finalists Awards:

An award of $5,000 will be presented to the category winner. $2,500 will be presented to each of the two finalists.
Requirements for the Social Justice Changemaker Award:
• Must be a minority-led organization that has been a 501(c)(3) for at least three years and provide significant services to the Middle Tennessee area
•Local chapters of national organizations may apply, provided the chapters are locally managed and have financial information available on a local basis.


1. How has the organization proven an impactful commitment to the work of social justice on the policy level for those they serve? (Limit to 200 words)
2. Share how the organization has been deliberate about creating an environment for their stakeholders where everyone is respected and able to achieve their full potential, creating a team, board, and community that is free of discrimination and bias. (Limit to 200 words)
3. How have they led cross-sector change to promote increased inclusion and belonging in the greater Nashville area? (Limit to 200 words)
4. How has their work evolved in response to recent challenges in the community (Limit to 200 words)