Multicultural and Gender Studies

Awards

Outstanding Graduating Student Award

Eligibility: To be considered for the outstanding graduating student the department will look at: GPA (2.0 min), professor recommendations, involvement with department, and involvement with social justice in the community, leadership, personal contributions in class, and participation in co-curricular activities (in no particular order). 

The three MCGS, WMST, and Latinx majors chosen will be awarded $100 each. 

From the list of departmental outstanding students, the Dean will select a single recipient for the Valene Smith Outstanding BSS Student Award. The recipients of this award will receive a check for $100 from BSS, and also be the College of BSS nominee for the University Outstanding Student Leader to be announced at the University Reception.

In addition, since the BSS Outstanding Student will move forward to consideration for the University Award, your letter should also address the criteria listed above. 

How to apply: If you feel you meet all the criteria and want to be considered for this award, reach out to faculty and ask for a nomination. 

Deadline: December 15, 2018

2019 Outstanding Student Award Recipients

   Sam Akinwande     and      Maeve O'brien

Sam A.  Maeve O.

NEW Richard Merritt Duncan Advocacy Award

Eligibility: MCGS queer-identified student with 3.0 GPA. An advocate for the queer community both on and off campus, working to effect social change and social justice. The award is $1,500.

This new award is funded by an alum and given to empower queer student leaders to effect social change.

How to Apply: Students apply with a personal statement (academic/personal/professional goals; LGBTQIA advocacy on and off campus; personal barriers you have had to overcome to achieve your education; special considerations/circumstances that you would like the committee to be aware of) and at least one letter of recommendation from a MCGS faculty (focusing on your social justice/social change work).

Deadline: December 15, 2018

2019 Richard Merritt Duncan Award Winner is 

                        Mikie Weidman

                  Mikie W.

NEW Louis Goldblatt Award for Social Change

Eligibility: MCGS Major or Minor at any point in their undergraduate career at Chico State. An advocate for the LGBTQIA community both off and on campus, working to effect social change and social justice. No GPA minimum is required, although the student must be in good academic standing. Financial need may be considered.

$1500 award for a LGBTQIA advocate 

How to apply: Students apply with a personal statement (academic/personal/professional goals; LGBTQIA advocacy on and off campus; personal barriers you have had to overcome to achieve your education; special considerations/circumstances that you would like the committee to be aware of) and at least one letter of recommendation from a MCGS faculty (focusing on your social justice/social change work).

Click here to apply

Deadline: April 19, 2019

2019 Louis-Goldblatt Award for Social Change Winner is 

     adela gutierrez-diaz

   adela guiterrez

Change the World Award

Change the World Award - aiding wildcar alumni as they leave Chico State and head right to the activism and advocacy work they're all about

The goal of the Change the World Award is to recognize Multicultural & Gender Studies graduates who have made substantial contributions to social justice efforts while at Chico State and aid them in their transition into their chosen social justice profession. We know that changing the world is hard work, and these diversity and inclusion leaders will have demonstrated their dedication and willingness to sacrifice for important causes. However, recent graduates face additional stressors and expenditures as they relocate, shift wardrobes, and enter the job market. We would like to lighten that load a little, so that recipients of this $500 award can get right to the activism and advocacy work they are all about—and that our world needs so urgently.

Nominations for this  award for MCGS majors will be accepted starting November 1, 2018- December 15, 2018. Successful candidates must complete all coursework and successfully graduate by December 2018 or May 2019.

Eligibility: Applicants need a valid Gmail address (this includes student emails ending with @mail.csuchico.edu), must be a Multicultural and Gender Studies, General Option or Women's Studies major, and must be graduating between this December or May of 2019.

How to Apply: The student(s) must demonstrate their record in and commitment to leading positive change around social justice issues in the required application packet:

- Detailed resume or curriculum vitae
- Two Letters of recommendation :

  • At least one from a professor, attesting to the candidate’s intellectual engagement with social justice issues.
  • At least one from a campus unit or community organization, speaking to the candidate’s social justice activism and/or advocacy.

- Statement of purpose outlining how the candidate will be leading positive change.

 Deadline: December 15, 2018

 2019 Change the World Award Winner is

             Ruby Ferguson 

   Ruby F.

Brought to you in part by the kindness and generosity of donors

The award is funded through donations. The Chico State Giving Day, November 28th, 2017, raised enough funds for two $500 awards to be presented to graduating seniors during the MCGS Senior Symposium in May. Here, we would like to thank all of the donors for this year's contributions, as they have directly funded the award. The donations will be open year-long, and any funds will roll over to next year's Change the World Awards.

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