February 21, 2020 | DUSP News
A Leader Who Lifts Us Up
On Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 a cadre of MIT community members were recognized with Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Awards for their efforts to cultivate integrity, leadership, and creativity at MIT. Recipients included Dayna Cunningham, who is the Executive Director of the Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) and a lecturer at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP).
“Dayna is, without doubt, the person at MIT who has caused the greatest impact on me,” said a former teaching assistant and current staff member at CoLab. “Her combination of sincerity, integrity, honesty, eloquence, and spontaneity, paired with big aspirations, creative ideas, and a deep commitment to advance social justice makes Dayna a unique person at DUSP and MIT. In addition to all those impressive characteristics, Dayna truly cares about students and her coworkers -- spending time with her is always a pleasure.I am deeply grateful for her mentorship while I was her student and honored by the opportunity to be a part of Dayna’s team at CoLab.”