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Diversity Recognition Award

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The TRSA Diversity Recognition Award honors Operators and Associates (companies or individuals) who value the “unlikeness” of individuals and encourage or facilitate such variation in human qualities in their workforces.

Typical Diversity Award-Winning Efforts | Dimensions of Diversity | Previous Winners | Nomination Form

Entries worthy of recognition include efforts that represent a step forward in attracting or acknowledging diverse talent, improving intergroup interaction in a multi-cultural workforce, or otherwise promoting and fostering inclusivity to support employees in any group.

Questions can be directed to awards@trsa.org.

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for nominations for this award is Jan. 15, 2020.


Typical Diversity Award-Winning Efforts

Successful diversity efforts can provide individuals with a more defined career path, increase their commitment and encourage future generations of diverse individuals to pursue a career in the industry. Building awareness of individual differences also can enhance how people work together, improving productivity.

Nominations should describe results of initiatives and programs that encourage diversity.

  • Celebration of representation of diverse groups in the workforce
  • English as second-language instruction
  • Fostering respect of groups in the minority in the workforce
  • Hiring refugees and special-needs individuals
  • Knowledge- and skill-building for specific groups
  • Respectful work scheduling (holidays, flex time)
  • Training to increase diversity awareness and attitude


Primary Dimensions of Diversity

Award-winning efforts in other industries have typically addressed various “primary dimensions of diversity” or personal physical qualities that individuals in each group cannot or usually do not change about themselves:

  • Age
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Physical abilities/qualities
  • Race
  • Sexual orientation
Secondary Dimensions of Diversity

Diversity programs may also address “secondary dimensions of diversity”, which individuals can change:

  • Educational background
  • Geographic location
  • Income
  • Marital status
  • Military experience
  • Parental status
  • Religious beliefs
  • Work experience


Previous Operator Member Winners

2019: Service Linen Supply, Renton, WA
2019: UniFirst Corp., Wilmington, MA

2019 Diversity Recognition Award Winners: LeAnh Mai (Service Linen Supply) and Michael Croatti (UniFirst Corp.)

Previous Associate Member Winners

2020: Your Company Here!


Nomination Form
  • Nominee Information

  • Nominator Information