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Update: The deadline to submit nominations has been extended to Monday, February 1, 2021. Lobby Day will also take place on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. 

You can submit your nominations by using the awards nomination form

MNCDHH is proud to recognize some of the many deserving individuals and organizations who are positive influencers and have made significant contributions to the advancement of deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing Minnesotans. 

Awards committee

English version

Jack: Hi, I’m Jack Williams. My pronouns are he and his. I’m a member of the awards committee for the Commission and I’m very excited to be a part of it. I work at Metro Deaf School, and I’ve been a part of the youth programs for over 20 years.

Sarah:  Hi! I’m Sarah Arana and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am an Outreach and Civic Engagement specialist for MNCDHH. I’m excited to be part of this awards committee and we look forward to receiving the nominations!

Rania:  Hello!  My name is Rania Johnson. My pronouns are she and her. I am on the Awards Committee with MNCDHH (Minnesota Commission Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing). I am thrilled to be part of this team.  I work at Saint Paul College, with the ASL Studies Program, focusing on ASL Certificates. I look forward to receiving your nominations. 

Migdalia:  Hi, my name Migdalia Rogers. My pronouns are she, her, hers, I work for Lifetrack/Lutheran Social Services as a Deaf Mentor/Educator, board member of Deaf Equity and a contractor of MNCDHH, and I serve on the awards committee. 

Jer:  Hello my name is Jer Loudenback. My pronouns are he, him, and his.  I am a retired educator and moved to Twin Cities one and half years ago. I have been involved in different organizations during my free time. I am presently on the Awards Committee for MNCDHH.

Additional Awards Committee members are Christopher Johnson and Eric Nooker 

Awards categories

English version

Jack:  1) Youth Award

The Youth Award is awarded to youth who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing who have demonstrated strong leadership skills. They are also engaged in the community and inspire their peers to do the same. 

Sarah:  2. Civic Engagement Award

The Civic Engagement Award is awarded to a person or an organization that has worked to increase the civic engagement of deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing Minnesotans. 

Jer: 3. Humanitarian Award

The Humanitarian Award recognizes the work of a deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing person or organization in our community who are devoted to the welfare of humanity.

Rania: 4. Education Excellence Award

The Education Excellence Award is awarded to individuals who work in an education setting with deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing students. 

Jack: 5. Citizen Advocate Award:

The Citizen Advocate Award is awarded to individuals who have done exemplary work in advocating for and with deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing Minnesotans. Who would you like to nominate for this award and why do they qualify for this award?

Migdalia:  6) Access Award:  

The Access Award is awarded to those who have done notable work in increasing the accessibility of services for and with deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing Minnesotans. Examples of accessibility support include captioning, interpreting, public access, or accessible technology.

Jer:  7.) Lifetime Achievement Award: 

The Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded to those who have done distinctive work for and with deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing Minnesotans that spans 20+ years of contributions. 

Important dates & how to send nominations

English version

You can submit nominations via Alchemer. More information will be there as well. The information will be provided at the end of this video where they will have more links. The timeline for events and nominations and when we will notify our winners are as follows. The last day to accept nominations is January 22. The committee will review, select, and make a decision by January 29. Winners will be notified by February 5. We will have a community announcement of all our winners by February 26. An important date to remember is Lobby Day, March 16. It will be virtual. Come and join us to celebrate and honor our winners.

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