PULLMAN, Wash. — Nominations are being sought from Washington State University and University of Idaho faculty, staff, students and Pullman-Moscow area community members for the 2001 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Awards. Nomination deadline is Jan. 8.

Awards will be presented during WSU’s 14th annual evening program celebration honoring King on Jan. 17 in the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum. Benjamin Hooks, former NAACP executive director and King’s friend, is the program keynote speaker.

Awards are given to those who have embraced and practiced the principles of umoja (unity), ujima (collective work and responsibility), nia (purpose), and kujichagulia (self-determination), says Kim Proctor, chair of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee. “They will have demonstrated their commitment to racial harmony, equality and equity for all,” she said.

According to award guidelines, those nominated should possess some or all of specific attributes including “manifested commitment” to the ideals and principles of the Rev. King; assisted WSU/UI with advancing equality and equity throughout the university community; participated in at least two multicultural programs, activities and/or projects; worked with Multicultural Student Services or Multicultural Affairs in implementing their visions and directions; provided mentoring to incoming and/or transfer students of color and made significant contributions to the ethnic communities of the two universities.

Nomination forms can be picked up and returned to WSU Multicultural Student Services, Lighty Student Services Building, Room 190, Pullman WA 99164-1062 or UI Multicultural Affairs, University Classroom Center, Room 228, Moscow, ID 83844-2431.

Questions about nominations should be directed to Steve Nakata, WSU Office of Multicultural Student Services director, 509/335-7852 or Dona Walker, UI Office of Multicultural Affairs director, 208/885-7716.