The MIT RISE Awards



MIT RISE Awards
The RISE AWARDS - Recognizing Indviduals Supporting Equity - is an opportunity to celebrate MIT faculty, staff and students on their work with diversity, inclusion and social justice on and off campus. MIT community members nominate their peers and colleagues for these awards. The RISE AWARDS is a collaboration sponsored by OMP, OGE, OFY, OME, and ICEO. Click here for a description of all the awards.

Congratulations to the 2021 RISE Awards Winners!

To re-watch this year's virtual RISE Awards Celebration, click here.

Staff Award for Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion | Tiana Peña Colón

Faculty Ambassador Award | Helen Elaine Lee

Engineering Community Award | Society of Underrepresented Biologists and Biological Engineers

Excellence in Programming Award | Black Graduate Student Association, "Reimagining Public Safety Event"

Organization of the Year | FLI@MIT

Emerging Leader Award
Undergraduate: Letong (Carina) Hong
Graduate: Mohammed Toure

Mens et Manus Award
Undergraduate: Sandy Jean-Charles
Graduate: Rohini Shivamoggi


Unsung Hero Award
Undergraduate: Abena Peasah
Graduate: Lou Beaulieu-Laroche


Dr. Robbin Chapman Excellence through Adversity Award
Undergraduate: Yu Jing Chen
Graduate: Ufuoma Ovienmhad


John S.W. Kellett '47 Award
Graduate: Miranda Dawson

Community Excellence Awards | Office of Multicultural Programs
Staff: Patricia Saulis
Student: Mydia Phan


LBGTQ+ Pride Awards | LBGTQ+ Services
Staff: Rachel Ornitz
Student: Jack Forman

2021 Committee Members

RISE Awards planning committee:

Chair: Nina DeAgrela, Assistant Dean of Intercultural Engagement for Multicultural Programs
Maria Cervantes Gonzalez, Administrative Assistant, Office of Graduate Education

Ayşe Guvenilir, Graduate Student, MIT Media Lab, & Graduate Community Fellow, ICEO
Harpreet Singh, Program Coordinator for Professional Development, Office of Minority Education
Taylor Pons, Staff Associate, Advisor, First Generation Program, Office of the First Year
Nina Foushee, SPXCE GA
Sidney Irias, SPXCE GA
Maihnia Lee, SPXCE GA
Imani Price, SPXCE GA

RISE Awards Selection Committee:

Co-Chair: Lauryn McNair, Assistant Director of Intercultural Engagement for LBGTQ+ Services
Co-Chair: Alma Jam, Assistant Director of Intercultural Engagement for Multicultural Programs

Check out past RISE Awards Winners!

2020 RISE Award Winners

  • Staff Award for Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion | Beatriz Cantada
  • Faculty Ambassador Award | Tina Opie
  • Engineering Community Award | Class Awareness Support and Equality (C.A.S.E)
  • Excellence in Programming Award | African Students Association (ASA) - Culture Night, 2019
  • Organization of the Year | Black Women’s Alliance (BWA)
  • Emerging Leader Award - Deekshita Kacham & Bianca Lepe
  • Mens et Manus Award - Jessica Quaye & Josue Lopez
  • Unsung Hero Award - Mimi Wahid & Pedro Reynolds-Cuéllar
  • Dr. Robbin Chapman Excellence through Adversity Award - Jeba Sania & Francesca Vaccar
  • John S.W. Kellett '47 Award - Sam E. Turton
  • Office of Multicultural Programs Community Excellece Awards | DiOnetta Crayton & Danielle Geathers
  • LBGTQ+ Services LBGTQ+ Pride Awards | - Erin Erhart & Maya C Lathi

2019 Multicultural Awards Banquet Winners

  • Emerging Leader Award: Aiyah Josiah-Faeduwor
  • Engineering and Community Award: Black Graduate Students Association
  • Excellence in Programming Award: Sloan Africa Business Club   
  • Dr. Robbin Chapman Award: Ifueko Igbinedion
  • Staff Award for Excellence Award: Andrés Felipe Salazar Gómez
  • Faculty Ambassador Award: Danielle Wood
  • Mens et Manus Award: Undergrad - Bruke Kifle, Grad - Supratim Das
  • Organization of the Year Award: Undergrad - African Student Association, Grad - MIT Colombian Association
  • Unsung Hero Award: Undergrad - Samira Okudo, Grad - Randi Williams
  • Office of Multicultural Programs | Community Excellence Student Award: Jennifer Madiedo
  • Office of Multicultural Programs | Community Excellence Staff Award: Joseph Granado
  • Office of Multicultural Programs | Contribution Award: Alyce Johnson

Click here to see photos from the 2019 Multicultural Awards Banquet