The Du Bois/Mandela Award for Scholarship, Leadership, and Service 2022

Presented to students for their significant scholarly achievements (cumulative 3.5 GPA or above) coupled with exemplary contributions to the campus and local community through service and continued civic engagement.

Our Namesakes: Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois and Nelson Mandela

W.E.B. Du Bois was an American sociologist, civil rights activist, and a founder of the NAACP. He was the first African American to earn his PhD. from Harvard and one of the most influential black intellectuals of the early 20th century. He produced numerous works over his long life on racism, colonialism, and black experiences. His radical political positions often put him at odds with the U.S. government. In 1961 Dr. Du Bois moved the Ghana where he died at the age of 95. 

Nelson Mandela was known worldwide for his activism to abolish apartheid. A political prisoner for 27 years, Mandela was sentenced to life in prison for high treason and conspiracy against the state in connection to activist work against apartheid. After his release in 1990 he became the first President of the democratic Republic of South Africa, leading the country after the downfall of apartheid. He earned a Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for his work in the abolition of apartheid and a peaceful transition to a democratically ruled South Africa.

Being with Ballet and Books has helped me to get more in touch with the Ithaca community, getting to know the children and their parents. It has also helped me understand the privilege I had to afford dance classes when I was young and how that cultivated into a passion I love so much and want to share with others. I hope to make a difference by helping to grow a passion for dance and reading into others. 

Alyssa Carbonell, Class of 2022

Our 2022 Award Recipients

The 2022 DuBois-Mandela Award for Scholarship, Leadership, and Service recipients along with their majors, minors, and a small highlight of their involvement on campus.  Congratulations to all our awardees!

Vedant Akhauri

Vedant is smiling at the camera wearing a checked button up shirt.

Major: Television Radio Productions | Minor: Psychology

WICB Production Director/Head of Podcasting | WICB News Correspondent | WICB DJ | WICB Co-Web Coordinator | WICB News | ICTV Assistant Producer | ICTV Writer | ICTV Camera Operator | ICTV Reporte | TNT Radio Productions | Project Look Sharp Social Media Intern | Dean's List. 

Treasure Blackman

Treasure is smiling while looking off to the side while standing in front of a tree. Her hands are behind her head and she is wearing a green head scarf and a black t-shirt with the words "Nah. - Rosa Parks, 1955"

Major: Physical Therapy | Minor: Spanish

Teacher's Assistant, Mobility training | Campus Center Operations Manager | Resident Assistant | IC Intercambios | ICPTSOC: Treasurer/founding charter | ICPTSOC secretary/ social media chair/ founding charter member | IC Unbound: | IC Pulse | IC Club Cheerleading | Southside community center Volunteer | Ithaca Youth Bureau Volunteer | Wonderful Wheelchairs Volunteer | Spanish Studies Abroad Program. 

I have learned a lot about structural imbalances that keep underrepresented communities oppressed and how to best combat that oppression. I believe my service has had a positive impact on the Ithaca youth and the Spanish speaking community in Ithaca.

Treasure Blackman, Class of 2022 ​​​​​​​

Seidy Bobadilla

Seidy is standing in front of green plants smiling at the camera. She is wearing her hair in a series of twists, small gold hoop earrings and a criss crossed strapped blouse.

Major: Integrated Marketing Communications | Minor: Latinx Studies 

BOLD Women’s Leadership Network | ECO Reps | Ithaca Achievement Program | HiFashion Studios | ALS | EMPOC. 

Jordan Brown

Jordan is smiling at the camera wearing a button up shirt and short cropped hair. The picture is in grey scale.

Major: Cinema and Photography 

Youth Sports Coach at Ithaca Youth Bureau

Alyssa Carbonell

Alyssa is smiling at the camera in front of the IC Fountains. She is wearing a white and grey stripped button up shirt and her hair is parted down the middle and tucked behind her ears.

Major: Clinical Health Studies and Physical Therapy | Minor: Dance 

MLK Jr.  Scholar Program | Dean's List | Oracle Honor Society | Ithaca College Catering Services | Multimedia Team - Senior Content Creator | IC Unbound | Asian American Alliance | Ithaca College Running Club | HiFashion Studios | Dance TA and Dance Teacher (Southside Community Center) | MLK Day of Service  | Friends of Tompkins County Library | Jumpstart Community Plunge  |  Resident Assistant. 

Trinity Gray

Trinity is sitting in front of a dark wood wall smiling at the camera. She is wearing a black blouse and her curly hair is parted down the middle.Trinity is sitting in front of a dark wood wall smiling at the camera. She is wearing a black blouse and her curly hair is parted down the middle.Trinity is sitting in front of a dark wood wall smiling at the camera. She is wearing a black blouse and her curly hair is parted down the middle.

Major: Integrated Marketing Communications | Minor: Live Event Management and Design

Women's Tracks and Field |  Martin Luther King Scholar | EPIC (Event Planners of IC | WIC (Women in Communications | Student Accessibility Services Assistant. 

Mark Gregory

Mark is standing in front of a black background smiling at the camera. He is wearing an Ithaca College esports club jersey in blue and white.

Major: Occupational Therapy | Minor: Asian American Studies 

IC Running Club | Workout coordinator/Vice President/President Ithaca College Occupational Therapy Association | So/Fr. Representative | MLK Scholar | Asian American Alliance |  IC Esports Broadcaster/Competitor | Orientation Leader | Student Leadership Consultant | IC Unbound Dance Company | Jumpstart Leader. 

It has been a wonderful experience to see so many parts of the Ithaca community, but more importantly, see the way that we have affected the community. 

Mark Gregory, Class of 2022

Yakira Jack

Yakira is standing in front of a tree canopy on a balcony with grey clouds in the sky. She is smiling at the camera with her body turned to one side and wearing a peach colored top. The sun is lighting her softly.

Major: Speech Language Pathology | Minor: Honors 

Oracle Honor Society | Poder Banquet | ALS Banquet | IC Books thru bars volunteer | Circle K Club | Christian Community Church Leader | Helped Loaves and Fishes Organization | Apartment Assistant | Residential Assistant/ Virtual Residential Assistant | Curls and Coils Treasurer | Student Government Council | 1POC Achievement Award Fall | Consultant/ IT Service | Augmentative Alternative Communication Research | Food Pantry Organizer. 

Khadija Musa

Khadija is sitting sideways in front of a large black fountain looking at the camera. She is wearing a bright red hijab and a multicolored stripped dress with white tennis shoes.

Major: Therapeutic Recreation 

S22 NYSTRA Anual Conference-Presenter | Organize Alzhmerls Walk with Longview | Terrace Dining Hall | Intern at Racker | Service Learning Experience | Student Specialist-Longview | Pre-Health Professional Program Ambassador | Peer Transition Ambassador | Oak Hill Manor | Volunteer Recreational Therapy experience | Student of Color Coalition | Muslim Student Association |  American Sign Language Club | Ithaca Achievement Program | First Generation Organization | Sister 2 Sister | D.O.P.E Steppers of Ithaca College | Student Governance Council: School of Health Science and Human performance Senator Academic Policy Committee | SGC Scholarship committee. 

Annie Peña-Castellanos

Annie is sitting in a brown upholstered booth smiling at the camera. She is wearing a black cardigan with a white blouse that has a blue paisley pattern on it. She has on blush glasses and gold hoop earrings.

Major: Sociology | Minor: Education and History 

Alpha Kappa Delta: Sociology Honors Society Fieldwork | Admission Ambassadors | Academic Excellence/Academic Honors.

I hope that being a presence in these students lives made that impact to want to go and achieve greatness, by going through higher education... With the main mission of making them see that they do deserve to be in spaces like IC. 

Annie Peña-Castellanos, Class of 2022

Samantha Ruiz

Samantha is smiling directly at the camera wearing a blue Ithaca College polo shirt.

Major: Athletic Training 

Ithaca Athletic Training Students Organization (IATSA) | Oracle Honor Society Member | EquAT & InclusivAT Board Member | HiFashion Studios, Model | Weight Room Attendant. 

Kiana Telano

Kiana is standing in front of a white banner and a black staircase. She is smiling at the camera and wearing a black blaze with a white blouse underneath.

Major: Athletic Training 

Equity and Inclusivity in athletic training representative cabinet member | Ithaca Athletic Training Student Association | Ithaca Athletic Training Student Association secretary | Attended the Eastern Athletic Training Association Convention(EATA) | Fitness Center Employee | Volunteer teaching assistant for Assessment of Athletic Injuries

Austin Zhang

Austin is looking at the camera. He is wearing a white button down shirt and green tie.

Major: Environmental Studies | Minor: Graphic Design 

Fencing Club | IC Eco Reps Manager | Managed ongoing Eco Rep programs: TIOLI, composting, Student Housing Energy Reduction Program (SHERP) | IC Natural Lands Land Stewardship Program Year of 2021  | Sudexo Kitchen Assistant Year of 2018 | Kitchen Assistant.