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Shell Essay Contest

Essential Question

What does Diversity & Inclusion mean to you?

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Shell Martinez employees view our workplace as a diverse family. Diversity comes naturally, be it ethnic, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, education and religion.  Inclusion, however is a choice. That's why our Shell Diversity and Inclusion networks are important to us.  We have seven networks at the refinery, Milnet (Veterans), Sapeng (Asian), Vibe, M-SHEN (Martinez - Shell Hispanic Employee Network), Women's Network, Seashell (LGBTQ) and Network NeXt (Gen X’ers) .  Through these networks we share our experiences, similarities and differences and learn about each other. We believe we work happier, better and safer together when we understand and care about each other. 


What about you?  What does diversity and inclusion mean to you? What are some of the challenges and opportunities that come from diversity?  What does inclusion mean to you?


In this competition we challenge you to examine the meaning of the phrase "diversity and inclusion.”  Identify what makes you and others unique, and how we can be more inclusive.   Have you ever felt excluded? How did that make you feel?  What did you learn from that experience?


We appreciate your uniqueness and we look forward to reading your thoughts.



High School (Cash Award)

Jr High

(Savings Bond)


(Savings Bond)

1st prize:




2nd prize:




3rd prize:





All entries MUST be postmarked by Monday, November 27, 2017.


Please email to Carolyn Cecchi, or mail to: 

       Carolyn Cecchi

       Shell Essay Contest

       Martinez Unified School District                            

       921 Susana Street

       Martinez, CA 94553

Image, many different colored clay people holding a sign,  Diversity   Inclusion.

Choose One of These Perspectives

In your essay, you can choose one of these two perspectives:

  1. Tell how YOU give back to your community  OR
  2. Tell the (true) story of someone you have interviewed that gives back to their community. 

Essay Contest Prompts

Elementary (200-400 words)

Tell about a time you have felt either included OR excluded. How did that make you feel?  What did you learn from that experience, and how will that experience change your actions towards others in the future?


Middle School (400-600 words)

What makes someone unique?  What are some of the challenges and opportunities that come from differences among people? (Give examples from current or historical events and your own experiences).  What is a way to create more inclusion in your school, in Martinez, or in the world? 


High (800-1000 words)

Choose one of the quotes below to discuss in detail.  Give evidence from your own experience and current and/or historical events to support your writing.  Be sure to include your thoughts on what diversity and inclusion mean to you. 

  • Let us not act out of fear and misunderstanding, but out of the values of inclusion, diversity, and regard for all that make our country great.” – Loretta Lynch
  • You have to stick up for what you believe in. And that, to me, is the biggest thing you can do about driving inclusion. - Ginni Rometti
  • If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity." - John F Kennedy

Other Essay Requirements

  • Format: Typed documents on 8 ½ x 11 white paper (mailed) or Word Document or PDF format electronic files (emailed).
  • All entries should be typed and double spaced
  • English-language entries only.