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.

Audre Lorde once said, "Revolution is not a onetime event,” and this quote reminds me of Gil Scott- Heron song "The revolution will not be televised” because in order for us keep pursuing social justice work we have to keep the revolution going to show that our lives matter, we matter. I believe being passionate about an injustice you will not stay silent you will make sure your voice is heard some way or another. To me being involved in social justice work is so important because being a student of color at a PWI where students take classes just to fulfill a requirement, however, these classes have affect who I am, how I see the world and I maneuver in it. Just remember change comes from us, it can be the smallest thing or the largest thing but just think we are at an institution that wasn’t made for us to succeed and we are defying those odds. Keep changing society with your head up!

Calissa Brown | Engaging in Social Change

 My hope is that when I leave here, students, faculty and staff of all gender identities and sexualities feel more comfortable participating in sport.  LGBTQ+ people belong in sport, and we aren't going anywhere. 

Alex Perry | Chávez/Lorde Awardee