Nominations will be accepted through Monday, Jan. 10, for the WSU/UI Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Awards.

The awards are presented to community members who have demonstrated their commitment to racial harmony and equality in their day-to-day activities and interactions with others.

WSU has made the awards since 1988. UI began participating in 2001.

The five nomination categories are: faculty, staff, graduate student, undergraduate and community member. An essay, under 500 words, must be submitted explaining how the nominee demonstrated commitment to racial harmony and equality during the past year. Send nominations to by Jan. 10.

Nominators also must describe how nominees meet the following criteria:

* Striving for unity in family and community.

* Collective work and responsibility: Taking on others’ problems and working collaboratively to solve them.

* Working to build and develop community.

* Creatively working to make the community more vibrant and successful, now and in the future.

Recipients will be recognized at a banquet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, in the UI SUB ballroom. Michael Tate, WSU interim vice president for equity and diversity, will be the featured speaker. Tickets cost $5 and may be purchased at WSU Multicultural Student Services in CUB 51.