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Dr Jummy Okoya shortlisted for an Excellence in Diversity Award

Cast your vote and help Dr Okoya win

A senior academic at the University of East London (UEL) has received a surprise nomination for a prestigious diversity award – thanks to the power of social media.

Dr Olajumoke Jummy Okoya discovered she was on the shortlist for an Excellence in Diversity Award (EIDA) 2017, despite having no idea she had even been nominated.

"I was very pleased, but surprised," said Dr Okoya. "I wasn't expecting it, and then I found that it was a lady called Funke Abimbola who had put my name forward, as she's a contact on LinkedIn and had seen my posts about my diversity work at UEL."

Dr Okoya, who is the director of the Master of Business Administration programme at UEL, founded and leads the women's network at UEL, which boasts 300 members and has staged four events since it began a year ago. 

She is also an Athena Swan champion and helps run the Young Black Professionals student mentoring scheme at the University, where she has taught for 15 years. 

She said, "The nomination is a welcomed recognition of my efforts in the field, but also a deserved recognition for UEL, which places a lot of emphasis on equality and diversity."

But she needs your help. If you would like to see Dr Okoya win the EIDA education category and collect the award, you will need to give her your vote.

The winner is picked by the judging panel, based on the number and seniority of the votes each nominee receives. It means votes from senior managers, professors, chief executives and founders are especially welcomed.

Voting is open until 14 August, and the winner will be announced at the awards ceremony in October.

You can cast your vote for Dr Okoya by emailing info@excellenceindiversity.co.uk with your name, job role, and why you think she should win.

You can also vote via the website http://www.excellenceindiversity.co.uk/nominate/