PLEASE NOTE- The 2020 OADI Honors Awards Ceremony is canceled due to the Coronavirus. 

The Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives is committed to finding new ways to celebrate and honor Senior's academic journey over the past four years. We are looking into ways for you to share your story, connect with fellow Seniors, and celebrate your significant accomplishments. Please stay tuned for more information.


OADI Honors Awards Ceremony

The Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives holds an annual reception to recognize outstanding student, staff, faculty and alumni achievements and contributions to our growing community of engaged scholar-leaders. Awards represent the exceptional work happening in our community and a commitment to Cornell's core values of diversity, equity and inclusion.


If you are a Cornell student, faculty or staff member, administrator, or local community partner and would like to nominate an outstanding scholar or student organization affiliated with the OADI community, please click on the links below for descriptions of each award, eligibility criteria and links to the nomination forms. The nomination period for 2020 will begin in March.

OADI Research Scholar, McNair Scholar or First in Class Scholar Pre-Professional Programs (P3) Scholar HEOP/EOP or POSSE Scholar Rising sophomore or rising junior who is an Emerging Scholar-Leader in the OADI Community Rising senior or graduating senior who is an Outstanding Scholar-Leader in the OADI Community
CORNELL STUDENT VETERAN LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNITY AWARD- details can be found on the Student Veteran Leadership & Community Award page 
Club Brasileiro Award for Outstanding Organization Toni Morrison Award for Graduate Mentorship Tomás Bautista Mapúa Award for Outstanding Staff Partner to OADI Estevan Fuertes Award for Outstanding Faculty Partner to OADI Ryokichi Yatabe Outstanding OADI Alumni Partner

Awards Selection

The OADI Honors Awards Committee, comprised of OADI staff and others (as appropriate), will review and screen all the nominations, and select an award recipient for each category. The committee will confirm eligibility of nominees based on the eligibility criteria listed for each award. Nominees may not receive an award for two consecutive years. Only one award will be presented in each of the 10 categories. All nominees are encouraged to attend the OADI Honors Ceremony and award recipients must be present in order to be recognized. Please note that campaigning for votes, by the nominee or via proxy, will disqualify nominees for OADI Honors Awards. This includes but is not limited to: banners, flyers, social media posts, mass emails, and similar forms of publicity.

OADI Honors Awards Ceremony Principles of Ethics

  • All discussions, deliberations, e-mails and documentation related to the OADI Honors Awards Selection Process are considered confidential and will not be discussed with anyone outside of the committee.
  • The names of finalist or semifinalists are considered confidential and will not be discussed outside of the committee.
  • Committee members will recuse themselves from participation in the selection for an award if they feel they will lack objectivity in the selection process for a particular award, or are biased in any way, are a relative of a nominee for an award, and/or are a member of any organization nominated for an award.