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Champions of Equity Awards

Office of Equity, Belonging and Community Action

Congratulations to the 2021 Champions of Equity!

The Steinhardt Champions of Equity Awards were created to recognize and celebrate those who make significant contributions to improving the culture and climate of our school, helping to advance our school's vision of equity, belonging, and community action. The awards program is sponsored by the Office of Equity, Belonging, and Community Action, in close collaboration with the Steinhardt Equity Council (CAUSE), a shared governance group. 

Learn more about the Steinhardt Champions of Equity Awards.

Distinguished Service Awards

This award is presented to members of the community who have exemplified critical compassion in their work and provided exceptional service to the students, faculty, administrators, and staff of NYU Steinhardt.

Equity in Student Recruitment and Retention Task Force (ESRT)

Council for Advocacy and Action United for Social Equity (CAUSE)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Womxn and Work Taskforce

Heart and Soul Award

This award is presented to members of the community that lead with empathy and love in service to our students and demonstrate critical care and healing justice in their work.

Nija Leocadio

Mike Funk

Shanieka Brooks

Heroes Award

This award is presented to Steinhardt employees who have created socially innovative solutions to inequities at our School.

James Foley

Kelsey Buttendorf

John Lyons and the Institutional Research Team

Barack and Michelle Obama Hope Award

This award is presented to NYU Steinhardt leaders that have driven positive cultural change at our School and in the larger global community.

Ying Lu

Jim Kemple

Stella Flores

Distinguished Scholar Award

This award is presented to NYU Steinhardt researchers that have centered equity and justice in their scholarship and have had a profound impact on the global community.

Niobe Way

Hiro Yoshikawa

L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy

Champions of Equity Distinguished Administrator and Staff Award

This award is presented to Steinhardt employees who have exemplified service that centers, affirms, and supports the community.

K. Sasha Best

Shenise Fields

Kervin Pillot

Champions of Equity Outstanding Department Award

This award is presented to an NYU Steinhardt department that has demonstrated exemplary leadership and created a sense of belonging among its students, faculty, administrators, and staff through restorative practice and loving accountability.

Administration, Leadership, and Technology

Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities

Occupational Therapy

Champions of Equity Racial Justice Award

This award is presented to anti-racist community leaders that center intersectional equity and justice for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and other historically marginalized people of color in their work and at our School.

Steinhardt Latinx Graduate Student Association

Mercy Agyepong

Jamie Sterns 

Noel W. Anderson

Champions of Equity Distinguished Student Organization Award

This award is presented to Steinhardt student organizations that have shown exemplary advocacy and service to the student community.

International Programming and Advocacy Committee (IPAC)

Graduate Student Organization (GSO)

Undergraduate Student Government (USG)

Distinguished Undergraduate Student Award

This award is presented to NYU Steinhardt undergraduate students who have gone above and beyond in service to the Steinhardt community to advance equity and justice.

Ryan Campbell, President, Undergraduate Student Government 2019-2020

Anthony Cruz, Undergraduate Student Government

Annie Yaya, Undergraduate Student Government

Katie Demos, Publicity Chair, Undergraduate Student Government

Champions of Equity Distinguished Graduate Student Award

This award is presented to NYU Steinhardt graduate students that have gone above and beyond in service to the Steinhardt community to advance equity and justice.

Nicole Johnson

Tamara Minott

Ra Ra Rollins

Madison Lee Coe  

Blake Whyte

Champions of Equity Economic Justice Award

This award is presented to Steinhardt community members that have worked to create opportunities for students and exemplified the value of cooperative economics and community cultural wealth.

Delmy M. Lendof, Associate Dean of Student Affairs

A3SR Program

Champions of Equity Gender and Trans Justice Award 

This award is presented to community leaders that have demonstrated courage and vulnerability to advance intersectional racial and gender justice at our School.

Jamie Sterns, Lilly B. Padia, Lisa Stulberg, and Stina DuFour (Ruth Bader Ginsburg Womxn and Work Taskforce)

Joe Salvatore and Tammie Swopes (Verbatim Performance Lab)

Harris Kornstein, Charlie Muller, Anna Stielau, and Megan Wiessner (MCC Graduate Students)

Champions of Equity Linguistic Justice Awards

This award is presented to anti-biased community leaders that work to combat linguistic violence and dehumanization in their work and at our School.

Maria Brea

Kongji Qin

NYU Steinhardt ASL Club

Susannah Levi

Champions of Equity LGBTQ+ Justice Award

This award is presented to anti-biased community leaders that work to advance equity and justice for trans, queer, and other folx with marginalized sexual identies by increasing visibility of LGBTQIA+ issues and advocating for sustainable change. 

Jamie Remmers

Tiffany Martinez

Chris Woods

Champions of Equity Abilities Justice Award

This award is presented to anti-biased community leaders that work to advance equity and justice for folx with visible and invisible disabilities through learning and development for the larger community, scholarship, and practice.

Chris Nichols 

Kristie Patten

Mara Mills

Champions of Equity Community Award

This award is presented to community members that demonstrate equity and justice through community power and participatory decision making.

Coalition for Education Justice

Food and Racial Equity (FARE) Collective and Krishnendu Ray

Diversity & Inclusion Student Committee (DISC)

Champions of Equity Distinguished Alumni Award

This award is presented to NYU Steinhardt alums that have continued to advocate for prospective and current students to advance equity and justice in our departments and programs.

Brandon Nase, Vocal Performance

Kuhoo Verma, Vocal Performance

Chloe Felicity Finder, Music Education

Juliana Dueñas Lopez, Music Education

Mars Cardwell, Music Education

Viviana Garcia, Music Education

Champions of Equity Distinguished Center Award

This award is presented to NYU Steinhardt research centers that advance  equity and justice in scholarship and in practice.

NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools

The Research Alliance for New York City Schools

Center for Practice and Research at the Intersection of Information, Society, and Methodology (PRIISM)

Champions of Equity Champion of the Year Award

This award is presented to distinguished leaders of the global community that have centered equity and justice in their work, and exemplified all of the values of the Office of Equity, Belonging, and Community Action.

Lofton Holder

William Goodloe

Champions of Equity Award are among the most distinguished honors given by NYU Steinhardt to extraordinary individuals and teams who embody the spirit and principles of our school’s commitment to equity and social justice reflective of the following activities and attributes: 

  • Promoting a deeper understanding of equity by advancing best practices in their respective domains of influence
  • Exhibiting leadership qualities in their work through collaboration, courageous conversations, social transformation through an intersectional lens, and loving accountability
  • Prioritizing student needs and advocating for systemic and institutional change to address them to ensure equitable opportunities
  • Serving as a creative and equity-minded decision maker in the shared governance process
  • Fostering practices that help bridge equity gaps and close stubborn social disparities that continue to plague our community
  • Developing cultural humility
  • Fostering intercultural communication and collaboration
  • Enriching learning and facilitate critical thinking
  • Advancing personal and professional growth
  • Helping to build our community members into increasingly better global citizens

Thus, the awards both honor and celebrate those who have demonstrated excellence through their efforts to expand social representation, amplify silenced voices, and advance equitable opportunities across the communities we at Steinhardt serve.