The deadline is approaching for individuals to make nominations for USA Network’s 2nd Annual Characters Unite Awards. The Awards honor leaders who take extraordinary efforts to fight discrimination and prejudice, and winners are announced in mid-November. This year’s submission deadline is Friday, October 8th. The Characters Unite mission states that it “represents a new movement committed to combating prejudice, intolerance and hate, and promoting greater acceptance and understanding in order to form a more perfect union. … This new initiative was created on the simple premise that life is richer and we are stronger when we see beyond stereotypes and appreciate each other for the characters that we are.” It is an inspiring new way to appreciate people who have done exceptional things for society. Award winners receive a $10,000 grant to contribute to their project or organization, and are featured on the Characters Unite website. Last year’s winner was Brian Jeffrey, a high school English teacher from Rancho Cucamonga, CA. After noticing racial divisions at his school, Brian co-founded Socially Together and Naturally Diverse (STAND) to address prejudice and stereotyping. He actively promotes diversity in education, and his clubs have now spread throughout the country. If you or someone you know has made a positive impact on their community, share it with the nation. Nominations can be submitted on the Characters Unite website, and more information can be found there as well. Best of luck to all the participants!