The IDEAs (Inclusion/Diversity/Equity/Anti-Racism) Challenge is intended to spur reflection and discussion around issues of inclusion, diversity, and equity and to promote anti-racism on the Blackburn College campus.

The Challenge was initiated and funded by a Blackburn alumnus who is grateful for the positive impact Blackburn College made on his personal values relating to diversity and inclusion. The deep friendships and understandings that resulted from his own interactions with students of different ethnicities, cultures, and viewpoints are among his most valued lessons from his own Blackburn years.

Guidelines

Intent

To encourage original thinking and work that expresses or demonstrates students’ feelings and thoughts concerning issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion on the Blackburn College campus. 

Eligibility

The IDEAs Challenge is open to all currently enrolled full-time Blackburn College students who are at least second-semester freshmen or higher.

Application

Each applicant must submit a brief written description of their submitted entry.  Additional information can be obtained by visiting the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, located in Ludlum 110, and requesting a copy. 

Entry Requirements Summary

  • Applicants must complete and submit their applications by November 1, 2022.
  • One submission per student shall be permitted.
  • To be considered, an entry must be the original, unpublished work of the applicant. 
  • A brief written description of the entry must be described on the provided standard form.    
  • Acceptable submissions shall include a written essay, original story, or poem; a drawn, painted, or other piece of visual art; a performed original song, dance, play, or piece of music.

Selection of Winners

A three-person committee will judge the entries. The Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will head the committee and will include a Professor of English, and a Professor of Art or Music, chosen by the Executive Director. 

Prizes

Winners shall receive: 1st prize $500, 2nd prize $350, and 3rd prize $150. Winners will be offered the chance to read, play, or otherwise present their submissions to the campus community and will be encouraged to present their winning submissions at the Blackburn College Equity Center. 

Administration

  • The IDEAs Challenge shall be administered by the Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 
  • This Executive Director will also monitor funds remaining for future IDEAs challenges and will communicate with the Advancement office, which will maintain communication with the donor. 
  • The IDEAs Challenge is an annual event.
  • The entry deadline for original submissions shall be November 1, 2022.
  • The IDEAs Challenge should be publicized by the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion starting on or about September 1st.  Publicity to encourage students to submit their work should include campus posters, frequent mentions in daily announcements, and faculty and staff reminders at their respective assemblies.
  • Entries will be submitted to the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  A brief description of each entry must be completed on the standard application form along with each original submission.

Selection Criteria

Entries may be one of the following (only one original submission per student):

  1. Written Entry: An essay or story may contain up to 1500-2000 words and should be formatted in 12-point Times New Roman font with double-spacing, and if citations are necessary, they should adhere to a consistent citation format (i.e. MLA or APA) on the form submission. Creative work such as a play or poem need not be double-spaced.  Failure to submit written entries via the electronic submission will result in application being excluded from the contest.
  2. Visual Art Entry: A drawn, printed, painted, or other piece of visual art.  A digital image of the work shall be uploaded in a viewable format (.jpg, ppt.). The digital submission should be in color unless the entry is in black and white. Failure to submit a viewable visual art entry via the electronic submission will result in application being excluded from the contest.
  3. Music/Dance/Performance Entry: A song, dance, play or other performance should be filmed and uploaded to YouTube, and the URL included on the entry form. Videos of these works are limited to ten minutes in length. Failure to submit the uploaded music/dance/performance entries via the electronic submission will result in application being excluded from the contest.

Submission Form