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2020 Seniors of Color Leadership Awards

Contributed by RahK Lash on 05/17/20 

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Each year, the Center for IDEAS honors the graduating students of color and holds the Seniors of Color Leadership Awards ceremony; there are 5 prestigious award categories based on involvement, academic excellence, and service. Please visit our Seniors of Color Leadership Awards site for full descriptions of the awards and the tradition.


The Gloria A. Hobbs Inspiration Award – Cultivating empathy, helpfulness, and a willingness to go above and beyond.

  •  Christopher Acosta| Sociology (M), Italian & Spanish (m)
  •  Olusashina Aliweri | Health Care Management (M), Business Administration (m)
  • Justina Bethune | Architectural Studies (M), Art & African Diaspora (m)
  • Erika Fortune | Communications Management & Design (M), Web Programming (m)
  • Abigail Mejia | Cinema & Photography (M), Environmental Studies (m)
  • Bianca Metiza: Journalism (M), International Politics and Communication Management & Design (m)
  • Pallas-Amenah Morgan| Writing for Film, Television, and Emerging Media (M)
  • Margaret Mowrer | Integrated Marking Communication and Spanish (M), Translation Studies (m)
  • Noella Mpinga | Writing for Film, Television, and Emerging Media (M)
  • Farwa Shakeel | Economics and International Politics (M)

The Dubois/Mandela Award for Scholarship, Leadership, & Service: Pursuing scholarly achievements, service, and civil engagement.

  • Urja Bhatia | Applied Psychology (M), Neuroscience (m)
  •  Tiranke Kande | Sociology (M), Education Studies & Counseling (m)
  • Lexy Mason | Communication Studies (M)
  • Keanna Morales | Occupational Therapy (M), Chemistry (m)
  • Breana Nieves-Vergara | Sociology (M), Education Studies & Latinx Studies (m)
  • Alexzandria Sanchez | Journalism (M), Politics and Latinx Studies (m)
  • Katelyn Tai | Music Education (M)


The Chung/Thorpe Leadership Award: Leadership and involvement in Ithaca College’s communities of color.

  • Annis Bell | Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (M), Deaf Studies & Education Studies (m)
  •  David Blitzman | Politics (M), Legal Studies (m)
  • Mollie McKinney | Writing for Film, Television and Emerging Media (M), Sociology (m)
  •  Rachel Ratner | Clinical Health Studies (M), Psychology & Health (m)


The Chávez /Lorde Social Justice Award: Social justice work at Ithaca College and in the local communities.

  •  Jada Boggs | Theatre Studies(M), Communication Studies (m)
  •  Calissa Brown | Anthropology (M), African Diaspora &Latinx Studies (m)
  • Emmanuel Candelario | Sociology (M), CLA: Identities within Oppressed Communities (m)
  • Audrianna Evelyn | Sociology (M), Counseling and Spanish (m)
  • Devon Morris | Clinical Health Studies & Physical Therapy(M), Nutrition Promotion (m)
  • Alexander Perry | Sociology (M), Spanish (m)


The Chawla/Ochoa Academic Achievement Award: Contributing to research and knowledge creation.

  • Yemi Afolabi | Computer Science (M)
  • Margaret Chan | Music Education (M)
  •  Diana Castillo | Journalism (M), Latinx Studies & Education Studies (m)
  • Guillermina Castro | Accounting & Business Administration (M)
  • Quenton Kimble | Communication Studies (M)
  • Aisha Mae Mughal | International Politics (M), Spanish & Asian American Studies (m)

 *(M)-major /(m) minor.

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