Nominate a person or group from the MIT community for the MLK Leadership Award

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Nomination deadline: 11:59 pm on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017

The MLK Jr. Leadership Awards are given annually to students, alumni, staff, groups, and faculty who embody the spirit of Dr. King’s work. “Service to the community” is defined in the broadest sense and includes academic, research, religious, and secular contributions in which integrity, leadership, creativity, and positive outcome are apparent. Read some tips for preparing your nomination.

We will honor the winners as part of our annual MLK program, to be held on February 8, 2018. See the list of previous MLK Leadership Award Recipients.

Questions or comments? Contact Tobie Weiner (email or phone 617-253-3649) or Acia Adams-Heath (email or phone 617-253-2792).



To the members of the MIT community,

It is hard to think of a time when our nation more urgently needed the example of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Even at the distance of decades, we can take inspiration from his character and his conduct—his dignity, integrity, selflessness and moral vision, and his relentless focus on what really matters, in the quest for a more just, peaceful and unified society.

Please nominate the leaders who lift us up!

I ask that we pause, here in our own time and place, to contemplate the example of those members of our community who, in the spirit of Dr. King, lift us up and bring us together.

Today I urge you to nominate those whose inspiration you find meaningful—students, faculty, staff or alumni, pursuing their work as individuals or as groups—to receive the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award.

  • Please submit your nomination by December 15 here. You can find more details at the foot of this letter.
  • We will honor the winners as part of our annual MLK program, to be held on February 8, 2018.

I hope you will join me in thanking all those who commit their time and energy to this difficult and deeply important work.


L. Rafael Reif



The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award

The Award is given annually to students, alumni, staff and faculty whose service embodies the spirit of Dr. King’s work.

Who is eligible?

MIT alumni/ae, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff are eligible for nomination for this award. Both individuals and groups, including living groups and student and professional associations, may be considered.

Service to the community is defined in the broadest sense and includes academic, research, religious and secular contributions in which integrity, leadership, creativity and positive outcome are apparent.

How do I submit a nomination?

If you wish to nominate a person or organization, please submit your nomination here by December 15, 2017.

Members of the MLK celebration planning committee will select the awardees. Recipients will be announced at MIT’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. event and program on February 8, 2018.

If you have questions, please contact Acia Adams-Heath ( or Tobie Weiner (

Who serves on the MLK Celebration Planning Committee (MLK CPC)?

  • Acia Adams-Heath, MLK CPC Staff Co-Chair, Senior Staff Accountant, Sponsored Accounting
  • Edmund Bertschinger, Institute Community and Equity Officer
  • Dextina Booker, Graduate Student, Integrated Design and Management Program
  • La-Tarri Canty, Director, Multicultural Programs, Student Activities Office
  • Sharon D. Clarke, Senior Human Resources Consultant, Information Systems & Technology
  • Catherine Gamon, Director, Student Life for Master’s Programs, Sloan School of Management
  • Jerome Friedman, Institute Professor Emeritus
  • Sally Haslanger, Professor, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
  • Alyce Johnson, Manager of Staff Diversity and Inclusion, Human Resources Department
  • Heather Konar, Communications Officer, Office of Graduate Education
  • Deborah Liverman, Director, Career Services, MIT Global Education and Career Development
  • Tanya Llanas, Undergraduate Student, Brain and Cognitive Sciences
  • Ceasar McDowell, Professor, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
  • Paul Parravano, Co-director, Office of Government and Community Relations
  • Zina Queen, MLK CPC Staff Co-Chair, Administrative Assistant II, Department of Political Science
  • Christine Reif
  • Tobie Weiner, Undergraduate Administrator, Department of Political Science