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 County Superintendent Nominated for Inclusive Leadership in Action Award

​RISE San Diego announced that San Diego County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold has been nominated for a 2021 Inclusive Leadership in Action (ILIA) Award. Since 2017, the ILIA Awards have honored local leaders in diversity, equity, and inclusion and showcased work that is making a real difference in the San Diego region. RISE will announce 2021 award winners at a celebration in October.

RISE accepts nominations of individuals and organizations that demonstrate exceptional commitment to inclusive leadership. The pool of nominations is reviewed by a committee that then selects honorees in the following categories: 

Collective Resilience Advocate Award – Honors an individual who has shown dedication and action to address and support a community’s ability to come together to combat or resist adverse circumstances. It recognizes the work of fostering adaptation, growth, and resiliency within communities to more readily respond to and recover from problems together.

Community Change Agent Award – Honors an individual who has shown dedication and action to make real, sustainable, and systemic change through the creation of innovative programs, policy, platforms, or partnerships. It recognizes the work of assisting the community’s ability to thrive in areas such as education, social enterprise, health and wellness, or advocacy.

Culture Shifter Award – Honors an individual who has shown dedication and action in shifting the culture of organizations and communities alike. It recognizes the effort of guiding groups to face a new challenge, disrupt outdated or harmful norms, and become more reflective and responsive to the needs of the communities they serve.

Next-Gen Influencer Award – Honors an individual between the ages of 16 and 25. It recognizes the voices of young adults who have shown dedication and action within their communities and are growing into their roles as action-driven thought leaders.

Restorative Practitioner Award – Honors an individual who has shown dedication and action in fostering spaces of healing and compassion for others. It recognizes the commitment to restorative practices delivered with grace, empathy, and a strong ethic of care in support of diverse community groups.

The Anthony M. Medina Peoples Champion Award – Honors an individual who has been an advocate and champion for under-served or marginalized communities. It recognizes advocacy in words and in action to bring about meaningful change for the people. The award is named in honor of the late Anthony M. Medina, a RISE Urban Leadership Fellow (’18) and ILIA award recipient (’19), who founded People’s Legal Services to provide free and low-cost legal support to underserved communities.

Organization for Change Award – Honors an organization that has shown dedication and action to confronting challenges and spearheading opportunities to support and uplift San Diegans in meaningful and impactful ways. It recognizes the efforts of organizations and their teams to deliver exceptional programming and services for the communities they serve.

The mission of RISE San Diego is to elevate and advance urban leadership through dialogue-based civic engagement, dynamic nonprofit partnerships, and direct training and support to increase the capacity of urban residents to effect meaningful community change.

The 2021 RISE ILIA Awards will take place on Oct. 11 at 4:30 p.m. at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park. General admission is $75 per ticket. An Early Bird rate of $50 per ticket is available through Sept. 8. Visit the RISE San Diego Eventbrite listing to purchase your event tickets.