Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership Scholarship


Pictured above: the 2016- 17 Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership recipient, Mariam Khan.

Each year the President’s Community Advisory Committee on Diversity presents a Mary Washington student with the Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership. This award is given to a rising senior enrolled in the University, who possesses strong characteristics of leadership and demonstrates a personal commitment – advocating for diversity and inclusion across campus. Once the recipient is chosen he or she serves as an ambassador for diversity, a peer mentor to underrepresented students, and a voice for underrepresented populations to the faculty and staff.
To apply for the Citizenship Award for Diversity presented annually during the Diversity Program, which is part of Orientation Week, a student must complete the application as well as submit one (1) faculty or staff recommendation.  Faculty and Staff may nominate students for this award as well.

Once chosen as the recipient of the Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership, the recipient will be asked to serve in various capacities throughout the 2016- 17 academic year. The on-going service agenda will be mutually beneficial, service will be provided to the campus community, and the student will continue to develop academically and socially.

Mariam Khan is a senior double majoring in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies. She was born in Kashmir and grew up in Arlington, Virginia.

Mariam has been involved in the Islamic Student Association (ISA) since her first year including serving president one year. Through ISA, she helped to organize campus-wide programs such as Fast-A-Thon and panel discussions that have helped foster a better understanding of Islam and Muslims. She also participates in the UMW chapter of UNICEF and is an executive board member of Women of Color. During the past two summers, she has worked as an Orientation Leader welcoming new students to the UMW community. As an Orientation Leader she enjoys the opportunity to showcase her love and enthusiasm for her university.

Additionally, she has served as a RISE peer mentor for the past two years for incoming students and will continue in that role as a senior.  RISE is “Resources Inspiring Student Excellence.” Being a RISE mentor has allowed her to help new students better adjust to a college setting and form lifelong friendships.

During her senior year, Mariam will continue to be a member of the SGA Diversity and Unity Coordinating Committee and the student-run Finance Committee. She also plans to live in Framar/International Living Community where she will interact with people from different cultures and help implement events that promote diversity and inclusion within the UMW community.

After graduation, she plans to pursue graduate work in Women and Gender Studies and looks forward to contributing to the fight for equality of women worldwide. She is especially interested in understanding the impact of conflict and war on women. In the long term, she aspires to work for a non-profit organization in the Washington, D.C., area.

She is extremely grateful to have been chosen to be a recipient of this award and is hoping to continue the work of diversity and inclusion on UMW’s campus.  Mariam believes that as a leader, it is important to immerse oneself in one’s cause while also being a guiding hand.  A good leader never stops learning or having the desire to learn.

2017-2018 Applications/Nominations Now Available

The Office of the President is receiving applications and nominations of students for the 2017 – 18 Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership (CADL).  This award is given annually to a rising senior enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate degree program at UMW.  The student must be enrolled at the institution for the fall and spring academic terms.  The student must possess characteristics of leadership and a personal commitment to advocating an appreciation for diversity and inclusion on campus.  This award is sponsored and presented by the Office of the President.

Any student may apply for the award who feels they meet the stated criteria and qualifications.  Information is available online at  You are encouraged to apply for this award if you feel you are an eligible candidate.  Also, please feel free to share this information with other students who may be eligible for this award.  If you would like consideration of this award, please complete the application form and return it to the James Farmer Multicultural Center (JFMC) in University Center, room 319 or at

The deadline for applications and nominations is Friday, March 31, 2017.  The forms may be dropped off, faxed or returned electronically to the office.  There are hard copies of the application available in the office for students who want to fill out the form in the JFMC.  We want to consider every deserving student for this dynamic award.  The identified student for this award will be notified of their selection.

If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center.


All applicants, please download and complete the following forms:

 Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership Application 2017-2018
Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership Faculty Nomination Form 2017-2018
Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership Responsibilities 2017-2018