Students, student organizations, faculty and staff can be nominated for the following awards:
Emerging Leader Award
This award is in recognition of a freshman or sophomore and a first or second year graduate in our community who has shown a passion and affinity for diversity and inclusion. The Emerging Leader Award recognizes a member who has already made significant contributions to the community and has demonstrated the potential for leadership and continuing service.
• Student must be a freshman or sophomore or a first or second year graduate student who has participated in diversity groups, programs, or initiatives on campus.
• Student has taken on a leadership role or volunteered to take on extra responsibility for an organization, group, project, or event related to diversity and multicultural work.
• Student furthered the mission of diversity and inclusion through an organization, through their coursework, through participation in multicultural awareness events or through leadership
development opportunities (such as MC2, Leadershape, etc.).
Engineering Community Award
This award is presented to an undergraduate or graduate student organization that has shown commitment to the engineering community on campus. This organization deliberately seeks out partners for collaboration across campus organizations, ethnic groups, and affinity groups. This organization has shown that to engineer community, one must work together with partners whose mission is often different from their own and find common cause in benefiting the campus as a whole.
• This club or organization participated in programs throughout the year that have focused on strengthening the MIT community and promoting multiculturalism.
• This organization collaborated with other organizations to further the mission of diversity and inclusion.
• This organization hosted events that were open to the entire MIT community.
Excellence in Programming Award
This award is presented to an undergraduate or graduate student organization in recognition for raising the bar in student programming. This award is meant to highlight a particular program that exemplifies all that a student program can, and should be. This program has elements of multiculturalism and encourages a safe space for students to explore, understand, and learn more about an aspect of diversity.
• This award is meant to highlight one program.
• Program must be advertised and open to the entire MIT community.
• Program must have followed SAO or ODGE guidelines and had all paper work approved and submitted in a timely manner.
• This program must have incorporated creative marketing and skillful execution.
Dr. Robbin Chapman Excellence through Adversity Award
This award is presented to one undergraduate and one graduate student leader who have shown that leadership is often defined by persistence in the face of adversity. These students have shown tenacity in the face of strife and have demonstrated resolve to persevere in carrying out the mission and values of diversity and inclusion in our community.
• Student leaders demonstrated perseverance in spite of obstacles.
• These student leaders demonstrate the qualities of a true role model within our community.
• Students have participated in various multicultural events/opportunities at MIT.
Staff Award for Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion
This award is given to a staff member who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to enrich the experience for students at MIT. This staff member has shown a passion and willingness to engage undergraduate and/or graduate students in activities, programs, or simply in dialogue about matters related to diversity and inclusion.
• This staff member must have shown commitment to furthering the mission of diversity and inclusion on campus.
• This staff member has either initiated, hosted, advised, encouraged, or participated in student events that promote diversity and inclusion on campus.
Faculty Ambassador Award
This award is presented to a faculty member who has shown a great commitment to enhancing the experience of undergraduate and/or graduate students at MIT that transcends the boundaries of the classroom. This faculty member has shown an enthusiasm both inside and outside of the classroom for multiculturalism and diversity.
• This faculty member must have demonstrated a passion for diversity.
• This faculty member must have created an event, opportunity, activity, or classroom project related to diversity and inclusion.
Mens et Manus Award
This award is in recognition of a senior and a graduating masters or doctoral candidate in our community who has shown a passion and affinity for diversity and inclusion work. To be nominated for this award, the student must have made a lasting impact on the MIT community. This student has gone above and beyond to bring awareness to issues of diversity and inclusion at MIT and has been active in the community to promote cultural awareness.
• Student must be a graduating student who has participated in diversity groups, programs, or initiatives on campus.
• Student made a lasting impact on their community through a program or initiative they spearheaded.
• Student furthered the mission of diversity and inclusion either through an organization, through their coursework or research, through participation in multicultural awareness events, or through
leadership development opportunities (such as MC^2, Diversity Summit, charm school, etc.).
Organization of the Year
This award is presented to a student organization that has exemplified MIT’s high standards. This organization has shown a commitment to building community and improving the experience of MIT students. This organization has been active and intentional in promoting diversity and inclusion and has been proactive in seeking partnerships across MIT.
• This organization must have been active in initiating programs throughout the academic year.
• This organization has demonstrated a desire to improve inclusion and promote diversity on campus.
Unsung Hero Award
This award is presented to one undergraduate and one graduate student of the MIT community who have demonstrated that leadership isn’t always defined by title and position. These are members of the community who have shown commitment and passion for the community regardless of leadership position and have shown a willingness to support efforts of diversity and inclusion. These students are assets to the community.
• Must be an undergraduate or graduate student at MIT who has been involved with events and programs, or has been active in the community.
• The work of these individuals may have gone “unnoticed” by the community, as they work “behind the scenes” with great humbleness.
• These students display extraordinary effort in getting involved and volunteering for tasks.
• These students demonstrate reliability and perseverance, and focus on results while showing enthusiasm and consistently going above and beyond.