Community Building and Advocacy Student Award

The Community Building and Advocacy Student Award honors a current student who has positively impacted the NYU community and beyond through advocacy, leadership, and community building.

The nominee has demonstrated commitment to supporting their peers, building meaningful connections, and advocating for those from historically marginalized or underrepresented backgrounds. They have created and/or facilitated educational or engagement opportunities promoting inclusion, belonging, and social justice. Additionally, the nominee approaches their work collaboratively to create more inclusive and equitable communities.

Advancing Inclusion and Belonging Staff and Administrator Award

The Advancing Inclusion and Belonging Staff and Administrator Award honors a current staff member or administrator who has cultivated care, inclusion, and belonging at interpersonal and institutional levels.

The nominee exhibits strong awareness of different groups’ experiences, backgrounds, and histories. They share resources, create opportunities, and advance equitable practices, processes, or policies accordingly. They have facilitated dialogues or made administrative or programmatic efforts promoting inclusion, belonging, and social justice within their capacity. Approaching their work with an inclusive mindset, the nominee also invites others to co-create a culture of belonging for people of all identities and backgrounds.

Teaching for Social Change Faculty Award

The Teaching for Social Change Faculty Award honors a current faculty member who promotes social change through teaching, mentorship, and scholarship.

The nominee celebrates individual, cultural, and global differences in their teaching. They consider student needs across various backgrounds, learning modalities, and abilities. The nominee invests in diversifying and decolonizing curriculum, pedagogy, and research praxis. They also actively facilitate dialogue, contribute to educational programming, and support marginalized or underrepresented students and other community members through mentorship or advocacy. By empowering students to challenge the inequitable and unjust status quo, the nominee facilitates social change and enables imagining more liberatory futures.

Michael Parkes Distinguished Alum Award

The Michael Parkes Distinguished Alumni Award honors an alum who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to inclusion, belonging, and social justice through their post-graduation academic, professional, service, and/or community engagement efforts.

This award was established in honor of Michael Parkes, an alum we lost in the September 11 attacks in 2001 who meaningfully impacted the NYU community.