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Marita N. Flagler Social Inclusion Award

The Institute for Social Inclusion advances and supports activities that promote social inclusion of vulnerable populations such as people with disabilities, people of color, LGBTQ populations, the elderly, children and youth, women, migrant populations, people in poverty, and others through research, training, and development of demonstration models.

Social inclusion is the process of improving the terms on which individuals and groups take part in society—improving the ability, opportunity, and dignity of those disadvantaged on the basis of their identity.

It is in this spirit that INSINC announces an invitation for submissions for our annual Marita N. Flagler Social Inclusion Award, welcoming submissions in three categories:

  • Art – any 3D, digital, video, music, or print art
  • Advocacy – poetry, essay, speech, or academic written work
  • Action – service project or inclusion-related research

All submissions must embody the values of INSINC as described above and answer the question: How do we practice social inclusion at Ship?


  • All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Shippensburg University during the Spring 2023 semester are eligible to participate.
  • Submissions may be submitted by an individual or group.
  • Submissions must be original work, and solely created by Shippensburg students.


  • Submissions must be emailed to by 11:59pm on Sunday, March 26, 2023.
    • Advocacy or Action submissions can be Word documents, pictures, PowerPoint files, PDFs, videos, or a link to a webpage.
    • For Art submissions, any medium is acceptable, but if submitting 3D art, a photo should be submitted by the deadline, and arrangements for in-person judging will be made after submission.
    • Image size of the submission should not exceed 1280 x 1024 pixels (the image should be saved at a resolution that will enable us to see the details when judging; file size not to exceed 5MB).

Judging, Prizes, and Recognition:

  • Submissions will be judged by a panel of faculty, staff, and students, and will consider the submission’s creativity, embodiment of INSINC values, and connection to the Shippensburg community.
  • One winner will be selected in each category (Art, Advocacy, and Action), although the judging panel reserves the right to not award a winner if no acceptable submissions are received.
  • One prize of $300 will be awarded to the submitting individual or group for each category (Art, Advocacy, and Action).
  • Winners will be notified by April 5, 2023.
    • A reception to honor winners and all participants will be held at INSINC’s Inclusive Party on April 17, 2023, from 5-7pm in the CUB MPR. All appropriate submissions will be displayed at the reception.


  • INSINC assumes that all entries are original and are the work and property of the entrant, all rights granted with submission. We are not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant and will not be involved with copyright disputes.
  • Submissions may be used on INSINC materials and online platforms. By submitting your work, you grant permission to INSINC for promotion and production. Any submissions may be used as promotional materials for upcoming INSINC events and projects. Any future use of submissions will credit the original submitter.
  • By submitting to this competition, you agree to have your work displayed at the winners’ reception.
  • INSINC reserves the right to disqualify submissions deemed inappropriate or outside of the competition parameters.



Previous Award Winners:


  • Art – Daneeca Brown, Imani Cameron, Saige Keyes, Lexi Pascucci, & Katie Rubio
  • Advocacy – Leah Wolfinger
  • Action – Tina Zeigler


Shippensburg University First Lady Colleen Patterson with social work student Tyn Ruth and 2022 winner Katie Rubio.



Dr. Nicole R. Hill, Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, with 2022 winners Katie Rubio and Leah Wolfinger.

Contact the INSINC 382 Shippen Hall 1871 Old Main Drive Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1717 Fax: (717) 477-4051