About the Nia Awards
The Nia (a Swahili word meaning purpose) Awards are a long-standing tradition organized by the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs (CMEP), a department in the Division of Students Affairs. The Nia Awards are an opportunity to recognize the achievements of NYU community members for enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice in their work for the NYU community and beyond. This celebration honors our awards winners and serves as CMEP's end of the year celebration.
Nia Awards are individual awards given to NYU students, faculty, administrators and alumni who have had an impact on NYU, NYC, national and/or international communities. Contributions can be through work in their schools, departments, student organizations, internships, jobs, service involvement and more. Successful nominations should address how the nominee fits the ideals and description of the particular Nia award.
- Nominees should be in good academic standing (as defined by the nominee’s academic unit).
- Nominees must meet the specific requirements for the particular Nia Award they are nominated for (i.e. graduating seniors are not eligible for the Alumni Award).
- Nominations should be primarily based on accomplishments of the 2016-2017 Academic Year.
- If nominating a student for multiple awards, separate nominations must be completed for each Nia Award.
- Current NYU students, faculty, staff and alumni are eligible to nominate for Nia Awards; self-nominations will not be accepted.
- Only complete nominations will be accepted.
Sacheen Littlefeather / Nelson Mandela Dialogue and Education Award: Recognizes a student who has improved the NYU community through engaging peers, students, faculty, and/or staff in meaningful dialogue and education.
Malcolm X / Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award: Recognizes a student who has impacted the NYU community through their strong leadership and/or scholarship. As a leader, this student has supported their peers and helped develop the strengths of those around them.
Winona LaDuke / Rigoberta Menchu Tum Innovative Response Award: Recognizes a student who has done impactful work to facilitate engagement, dialogue, awareness and/or action around current sociopolitical issues that affect NY, NYC and/or the larger national and/or international community.
Urvashi Vaid / Melinda Paras Inclusive Programming Award: Recognizes a student who has coordinated programming and events at NYU that embody the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice.
César Chávez / Clara Hale Community Outreach Award: Recognizes a student who has worked with and supported the local, national and/or international community through service, programming, and/or advocacy.
Lorraine Hansberry / Ralph Ellison Arts, Performance, and Media Award: Recognizes a student who has worked to promote the diverse representation of people of color and/or issues of social justice in the arts, entertainment and/or media.
Philip Vera Cruz / Pete Velasco Mentorship Award: Recognizes a student who demonstrated a dedication to supporting the academic, emotional, and/or professional growth of others by serving as a mentor and resource.
Ronald McNair / Arturo Alfonso Schomburg Academic Excellence Award: Recognizes a student who has excelled academically, shown commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice through their academic work and scholarship, and/or has used their academic training to support and empower a marginalized or underrepresented community at NYU and/or in NYC (including but not limited to the sciences, health, humanities, and entrepreneurship).
Grace Lee Boggs / Yuri Kochiyama Community Building Award: Recognizes a student who has exemplified a dedication to intersectional community building and engaging collaboratively to empower communities and/or create social change.
Michael Parkes / Janet Mock Distinguished Alumni Award: Recognizes an alumnus who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice through their post-graduation academic, professional, service and/or community engagement efforts.
Medgar Evers Administrator Award: Recognizes an administrator who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice through their professional work. This includes but is not limited to the advocacy for, mentorship of and/or empowerment of marginalized or underrepresented students, faculty and/or staff, the facilitation of dialogue, and the coordination of exemplary programming and events.
Angela Davis / W.E.B DuBois Faculty Award: Recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice through their academic work, research, teaching and scholarship. This includes but is not limited to utilizing diverse media and scholarship in their teaching, the facilitation of dialogue and educational programming, and the advocacy for, mentorship of, and/or empowerment of, marginalized or underrepresented students and/or faculty.
Fannie Lou Hamer Student Organization Award: Recognizes a student organization on campus that has made a significant impact on the NYU community and embodies the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice through their efforts and programming.