The Chávez /Lorde Social Justice Award

Presented to students who have demonstrated a strong dedication to social change for the Ithaca College and local community through various platforms, projects, or initiatives.

Our Namesakes: César Chávez and Audre Lorde

César Chávez is best known for his civil activism surrounding labor rights and farm worker advocacy.  He co-founded the National Farm Worker’s Association, now called United Farm Workers with Dolores Huerta in 1962.  Chávez was well known for his use of collective nonviolent strategic actions, organizing strikes, boycotts, and fasts to negotiate better working conditions and wages.

Audre Lorde was a self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet”.  Her radical feminism informed her poetry as well as her prose. Her extensive work on marginalization and the complexity of self-hood made her a foundational theorist for intersectional feminism.

Our 2023 Award Recipients

The 2023 Chavez-Lorde Social Justice Award recipients along with their majors, minors, and a small highlight of their involvement on campus.  Congratulations to all our awardees!

Caleigh Clarke

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Major: Sociology

Peer Success Coach: Fall 2022I | DEAS Peer Educator: Fall 2021-Fall 2022 | Resident Assistant (FIRST Place): Spring 2021-Fall 2021 | Ujima BSU E-Board (Media & Events Coordinator, Community Liaison): Spring 2021- Fall 2021, Fall 2022 | ICTV (Production Assistant of Exposed): Fall 2019 | First Fridays: Fall 2022 | MLK Celebration: Spring 2021

Ana Cristina Rabines

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Major: Theatre Arts Management | Minor: Live Event Design and Management

IC Second Stage (Liaison Spring 2020 - Spring 2021, Executive Producer Fall 2021 - Spring 2022, Artistic Director Fall 2022 - Spring 2023) | Harmony Theatre Collective (Co-founder, President Fall 2022 - Spring 2023, Full-length Musical Director - Spring 2023) | IC Theatre Lab (Technical Director Fall 2021) | Theatrists Theatrics (PR Manager Fall 2020) | IC Dance Classes (Head of Publicity Spring 2020) | IC Poder: Fall 2019 - Spring 2023 | IC Spectrum: Fall 2019 - Spring 2023 | IC Open Mic Night: Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 | Macabre Theatre Ensemble: Spring 2020 - Fall 2022 | Theatre Arts Management Practicum: Fall 2019 - Fall 2022 (included positions such as Digital House Manager, Publicity Associate, Digital Media Associate, and Promotions Associate among others) | Attended Social Action Leadership Retreat 2 times.

Jolivia Asha-Loy Manning

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Major: Health Sciences (Planned Clinical Emphasis) | Minor: Communication Studies

President of S.O.C.A Fall 2021- Current  | IAP Fall 2019- Current |  MLK Scholar Fall 2019- Current | HSHP Student Advisory council Fall 2021- Current | Nursing Assistant Spring 2021- Current | Student Leadership Consultant Fall 2020- Spring 2022 | Admission Host Fall 2020-Summer 2022 | Student of Color Leadership Retreat 2023 | Jumpstart Leader 2021 

Liza Paatavi Dhameeth

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Major: Philosophy | Minor: English

Future Lawyers for Human Rights Founder & President: Summer 2022-Spring 2023 | Ithaca Achievement Program Member: Fall 2020-Spring 2023 | Speech and Debate Team Member: Fall 2020-Spring 2021 | Oracle Honor Society Member: Fall 2021-Spring 2023 | Phi Kappa Phi Member: Spring 2022-Spring 2023 | Sigma Tau Delta Member: Fall 2022-Spring 2023 | Student Governance Council Senator: Fall 2020-Winter 2020 | The Cornell Store Sales Associate: Spring 2022-Spring 2023 | English Department Research Assistant: Summer 2021 | Stratcon Consulting Research Assistant: Summer 2021, Winter 2023 | Cornell Law School Capital Punishment Clinic Research Assistant: Summer 2022 | Cornell Law School Juvenile Justice Clinic Research Assistant: Summer 2022 | Lama Law Firm, LLP Intern: Summer 2022 | Kohl's Sales Associate: Fall 2020-Fall 2021| Office of the Tompkins County District Attorney Intern: Spring 2021-Fall 2021

Makiyah Armani Adams

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Majors: Culture and Community; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Minor: African Diaspora Studies

Peer Success Coach: Fall 2020 - Spring 2022 | Head Peer Success Coach: Fall 2022 - Spring 2023 BOLD Women's Leadership Scholar: Fall 2021 - Spring 2023 Ujima Black Student Union Secretary: Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 | Ujima Black Student Union Community Liason: Fall 2022The College Club: Spring 2020 - Fall 2022Orientation Leader: Summer 2022Smithsonian Institution Intern: Summer 2022 IDEAS Peer Educator: Fall 2020 - Spring 2022 SHE-CAN Intern Spring 2020 - Spring 2022 Office of Religious and Spiritual Life Uncommon Ground for Common Good Fellow: Fall 2020- Spring 2021 | Office of Religious and Spiritual Life Office Assistance: Summer 2021 Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival Student Staff: Spring 2021 Ithaca College Freshman Seminar Peer Leader: Fall 2021