Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations International Award for Excellence

The Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations Journal Collection offers an annual award for newly published research or thinking that has been recognized to be outstanding by members of the Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations Research Network.

Award Winner for Volume 19

Intersections of Decolonial and Global Citizenship Principles in Academic Literacy Curricula

Persistent South African dialogue around curricula decoloniality and epistemic pluralism in the higher education system evolves. However, an unresolved question between decolonial and global citizenship education advocates remains: How may these paradigms methodically intersect in an academic literacy curriculum by enhancing development in associated conventions? This study and literature review aimed to conceptually address this question. The results of this literature review indicated that while decolonial and global citizenship education scholars advance valid claims for implementing curricula that draw on their philosophies, additional thought is required that addresses how these paradigms may jointly address students’ needs in relation to applying academic literacy practices. By drawing on key arguments and concerns in the analyzed literature, this study advanced the claim that academic literacy modules are suitable environments to observe the interplay of decolonial and global citizenship methodologies. This is because the discipline of academic literacy, due to its social and interdisciplinary nature, draws on the cultures, histories, and inter-relatedness of humans, including scholars, who employ its conventions.


Oscar Eybers is a lecturer in the Unit for Academic Literacy at the University of Pretoria. He coordinates an academic literacy module aimed to develop students’ competencies in written argumentation and scientific literacies. Born in South Africa, Eybers moved to the United States of America at the age of nine with his family. His father took his family into self-imposed exile due to threats from the Apartheid regime. Eybers attended school in New Jersey and graduated from Fox Chapel High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1994 at the age of twenty-one Eybers returned on his own to South Africa. His goal was and remains to apply language and literacies to enable future generations to build a prosperous and unified nation. Eybers previously taught at Zululand University, Fort Hare University and Rhodes University. Eybers’s doctoral dissertation was entitled “A realist approach towards students’ application of agency, culture and social structures in demonstrating competency in argumentative writing”.

Past Award Winners

Volume 18

Re-imagining Cosmopolitanism in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Reviving Historical “Cosmubuntuism” in Forced Removal Spaces for a Democratic Future

Mogamat Noor Davids, The International Journal of Community Diversity, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp.23–36


Volume 17

Does Diversity Really Matter?: The Interplay between Students’ Race and Their Teachers’ Level of Cultural Responsiveness

Tyrone Tanner, Douglas Hermond, Mathias R. Vairez Jr., Leslie Larchin, The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations: Annual Review, Volume 17, pp.1–10


Volume 16

Bonding and Bridging Social Capital among an Ethnic Minority Group: The Case of the Japanese Community in the Greater Boston Area

Hitomi Naganuma, Megumi Inoue, and Margaret Lombe, The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations: Annual Review, Volume 16, pp.15–24


Volume 15

Engagement with Place: Cairo as Classroom

Fayyaz Vellani, The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations: Annual Review, Volume 15, pp.1–12


Volume 14

Racialized Teachers and Role-Model Hypothesis

Robin Liu Hopson, The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations: Annual Review, Volume 13, pp. 22–33


Volume 13

Economic Inequality and Inter-group Relations: Analyses Based on the Minorities at Risk Dataset

Agnes Katalin Koos, The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations: Annual Review, Volume 13, pp.1–21


Volume 12

The Emergence of Australia’s Business Migration Program and Entrepreneurial Diversity Policy

Patrick Brownlee, The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations: Annual Review, Volume 12, pp.15–31


Volume 11

European Disintegration: Tendencies of Renationalization within the European Union and its Impact on the Common Labor Market and EU Consumer Markets

Thomas Köllen, International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations: Annual Review, Volume 11, Issue 5, pp.117–138


Volume 10

Measuring the Effect of Diversity Interventions at a South African Residential University

Vivian de Klerk and Sarah Radloff, International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations: Annual Review, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp.25–46


Volume 9

Perceptions of the Impact of Positive Action in EU and non-EU Countries

Uduak Archibong, Jite Eferakorho, Aliya Darr, Andy Scally, Karl Atkin, Carol Baxter, Mark R. D. Johnson, Mark Bell, Lisa Waddington, Katrin Wladasch, Tara Bedard, Oluyinka Adejumo, Phyllis Sharps, and Pat Bradshaw, International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations: Annual Review, Volume 9, Issue 5, pp.111–124


Volume 8

Appropriation or Approximation: The Emergence of Intermediate Horizons

De La Rosa Sybille, International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations: Annual Review, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp.235–240