Victoria Fortner Award in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Victoria Fortner

The Victoria Fortner Award in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Victoria Fortner Award in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is an annual award from the American Herbalist Guild to be awarded to an individual, organization, community group, or business working to improve access to and awareness of herbal practice to diverse communities. The award honors the many contributions of the late Victoria Fortner to the field of herbalism as an AHG member and an activist.

The American Herbalist Guild created the award to recognize outstanding accomplishments in the field of professional herbalism that address the health care needs and herbal traditions and/or skills within diverse communities. The AHG is committed to honoring accomplishments that directly address the following groups: multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and multi-cultural communities; minority communities; people with all types of physical abilities and limits; with recognition of the variety of spiritual practices often used in herbal practice and fostering an expanded understanding of sexual and gender identity. This award also recognizes the importance of facilitating individual communities to speak with their own voices and on their own behalf.

This is an open invitation to the AHG and broader herbal community to nominate candidates for the award. The recipient(s) are to be honored at our annual symposium in October 2017. The recipient will be given a cash award of $1000 to be used to further their work.

Appropriate candidates for the award are making outstanding contributions and lasting impact in one or more of the following areas:
• Initiatives to support inclusiveness in the practice of, and community involvement in herbal medicine through outreach and education to any under-represented cultural or religious groups including those who have been historically marginalized on the basis of (but not limited to) race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and diverse physical and emotional capabilities or.
• Actively serving, empowering, and otherwise building the capacity of marginalized groups as described above including offering clinical services and honoring the traditions and skills of these groups.
• Increasing the understanding of individual herbal practitioners, the broader herbal community, and/or the general public about the wealth of wisdom and traditions that are intrinsic to the practice of herbalism by historically marginalized groups.  Examples would include the promotion of awareness through education and providing guidance about how to effectively learn from and honor such groups.

Criteria:
• You can nominate yourself, your group/project or another individual or group/project.
• Candidates may be an individual, organization, institution, or other entity.
• Candidates need not have non-profit status.
• Candidates do not have to be members of the AHG.
• There are no geographical limitations on eligibility.

To Nominate a Candidate:
Please send their name, description of the work being done to promote diversity, and an explanation (in your own words) of why you believe this person, project or group should be considered for the award. If possible provide links to any websites that describe the service they are providing.

Be sure to include your name and contact information.
Send nominations by March 31, 2017 to: Richard Mandelbaum, nyherbalist@gmail.com.

For more information about the award and to learn more about past winners click here.