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 and check the following website for updates https://oadi.cornell.edu/oadi-events/oadi-annual-events/oadi%20honors.html


Tomás Bautista Mapúa Award for Outstanding OADI Staff Partner

The Tomás Bautista Mapúa Award for Outstanding OADI Staff Partner recognizes an administrator or professional staff member. 


  • Demonstrate a commitment to the development of OADI scholar-leaders in any of our programs
  • Advocate for students across the university, particularly in regards to social justice and diversity-related issues
  • Have gone above and beyond their role to address the needs and concerns of underserved students, supporting OADI's mission and enriching the overall campus community.
  • Are full or part time administrators/professional staff members who do NOT work at OADI and have worked at the University for at least twelve months.


Tomás Bautista Mapúa (B.Arch.1911) was the first Filipino to earn a degree in Architecture in the United States and the first registered architect in the Philippines. Mr. Mapua went on to found the Mapua Institute of Technology in Manila. 

The 2018-19 winner was Jennifer Wickham.

Nominate someone for thTomás Bautista Mapúa Award here