Chicago United is the catalyst driving business leaders to maximize economic impact for all races. A corporate membership organization, founded in 1968, its mission is to bring together diverse business leaders to improve race relations and increase access to opportunities for people of color in the Chicago Metropolitan area. Chicago United develops programs and advocates policies that build leadership relationships across racial groups to foster conditions of equal access to opportunities in executive level management, corporate governance and business diversity.
This research competition has been designed for college students, who are matriculating in the areas of business, economics, policy and law, to contribute to the body of research bringing national attention to the impact of diversity in corporate governance, executive management and business partnerships in major corporations.
The research competition will award an individual and/or a team of scholars with a $5,000 cash award for the research study judged to be the most outstanding. The award-winning research study will be published and distributed at Chicago United’s annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner.
In order to participate, the student(s) must be enrolled in an accredited college or university at the time of submission and final judging. Students who have deferred enrollment or are on leave are not eligible. Submissions can be made on an individual and/or team basis. Teams should consist of no more than five (5) individuals.
Participants will select a project topic in the area of diversity. For example, topics can include studies on workforce diversity and how it impacts innovation and productivity; corporate governance diversity and if diverse boards foster a more inclusive culture; business diversity and its correlation between thriving businesses in the community and its economic health, etc. Each individual and/or team will select one topic to be submitted. Submissions may also include research papers submitted for previous coursework that examine areas of diversity, and should be formatted according to the guidelines.
RESEARCH PAPER GUIDELINES
Paper Format Guidelines
Include a title page including the title, your name or the name of your group, and the date.
The text of the paper, including the reference list, should be double-spaced and use Arial 12 point font.
Number all pages after the title page, starting with your first text page as page 1. Number the pages in the footer section of the bottom right-hand corner of the page.
The narrative text of the document must be a maximum of ten (10) pages. Appendices, charts and graphs, etc. should not exceed ten (10) pages.
Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of scholars and industry-specific professionals. Judging criteria will include:
- Practical significance to diversity practitioners
- Quantitative and qualitative methodology applied
- Uniqueness of analysis
The winner will be announced at the 7th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference on
Thursday, November 18, 2010.
HOW TO ENTER
BY EMAIL – Send electronic version to (PDF or Word format) to the following email:
BY MAIL or COURIER SERVICE – Send two copies of the document to:
JUDY C. MATHEWS
300 EAST RANDOLPH
MAILBOX: 11 EAST PEDWAY DRIVE
CHICAGO, IL 60601-5083
RESEARCH SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, October 22, 2010
Chicago United will not accept papers after the published deadline date. All research papers must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm CST, Friday, October 22, 2010.
For more information on the James W. Compton Research Competition contact Judy C. Mathews, president of Community Interface at 708-647-7902 or 312-977-3066. To learn more about the organization, visit the Chicago United Web site @ www.chicago-united.org.