Students, student organizations, faculty and staff can be nominated for the following awards:

2019 Multicultural Awards Banquet

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 | Morss Hall

“Making an Impact, Right Where You Are”

Office Recognition Awards

Distinguished Peer Award

Office of Minority Education

The Distinguished Peer Award is given to current MIT undergraduates who have been selected by their peers for their achievements in the following six categories: entrepreneurship; public service; MIT spirit; performing arts/athletic achievement; global initiative and/or experience; and prestigious fellows.


Community Excellence Award

Office of Multicultural Programs

The Community Excellence Award is presented to a faculty/staff and student member of the MIT community who has shown a sustained commitment to the mission of the Office of Multicultural Programs through service. The work they do transcends their campus organizations, offices and affinity groups; it impacts the entire community and advances equity and inclusion at MIT.


The Office of Graduate Education Service Award

Office of Graduate Education

This award is in recognition of graduate students who collaborate with the Office of Graduate Education Diversity Initiatives to broaden participation of underrepresented minorities and underserved students interested in pursuing masters and doctoral degrees at MIT. Over the past year, our Graduate Diversity Ambassadors have engaged with over 775 prospective graduate students by attending 12 diversity recruitment conferences, hosting 8 Grad Catalyst sessions, and reviewing 20 statements of objectives of our MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP General) and CONVERGE alumni applying to MIT graduate programs. Their service is a testament to the Institute’s desire to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community.


Institute Community and Equity Award

Institute Community and Equity Office

The Institute Community and Equity Award is given to a group that has advanced equity and inclusion broadly across the MIT community.


Multicultural Awards

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.


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.


Engineering Community Award

This award is presented to an undergraduate or graduate student organization that has shown commitment to 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.


Excellence in Programming Award

This award is presented to an undergraduate or graduate student organization in recognition for raising the bar in student programing. 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.


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.


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 work. 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.


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.


Unsung Hero Award

This award is presented to an undergraduate and graduate student of the MIT community who has demonstrated that leadership isn’t always defined by title and position. This is a member of the community who has shown commitment and passion for the community regardless of leadership position and shown a willingness to support efforts of diversity and inclusion. This is a student who is an asset to the community.


Dr. Robbin Chapman Excellence through Adversity Award

This award is presented to an undergraduate and graduate student leader who has shown that leadership is often defined by persistence in the face of adversity. This student has shown tenacity in the face of strife and has demonstrated resolve to persevere in carrying out the mission and values of diversity and inclusion in our community.