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MIT Change-Maker Awards

MIT recognizes outstanding students, faculty, and staff for their work to combat sexual misconduct at the annual Change-Maker Awards.

Nominate an individual or student group by March 22, 2024!

MIT Change-Makers actively and intentionally work to combat harassment and sexual violence by challenging harmful attitudes, language, or behaviors. 

Violence Prevention & Response (VPR) and the Institute Discrimination & Harassment Response Office (IDHR) invite you to nominate an extraordinary individual or student group for the MIT Change-Maker Awards! By making a nomination, you are showing your appreciation for a person or group who ultimately creates a safer, healthier, and more inclusive MIT community.  

Nominations are open until March 22, 2024. 

Please take a moment to nominate an individual or club/group who exemplifies the qualities of a Change-Maker (please note staff from VPR and IDHR are ineligible for this award). The nomination categories are: 

  • Undergraduate student 
  • Graduate student 
  • Employee (Faculty, Staff, and Postdocs) 
  • Student Club or Group 

Submit a Nomination!

Award recipients will be notified via email. We will celebrate honorees among invited guests at the Change-Makers banquet, taking place April 25, 2024. If you have questions about the awards or nominations, email  

Previous award recipients include:


  • Undergraduate student: Ana Velarde
  • Graduate student: Jules Drean
  • Student group: The MIT Monologues (MITMo)
  • Employee: Staff of OGE GradSupport
  • Pleasure Peer Educator of the Year: Em McDermott
  • Special recognition award: Maryanne Kirkbrid

Note that in Spring 2020 and Spring 2021, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we did not host virtual or in-person celebrations for Change-Makers in the MIT Community. We were still able to recognize and send awards to undergraduate students who worked diligently and intentionally to continue the work of healthy and positive culture change in pandemic times!


  • Pleasure Educator of the Year: Rachel McIntosh


  • Undergraduate student: Claire Halloran  
  • Pleasure Educator of the Year: Omar Laris 


  • Undergraduate student: Gabrielle Ballard
  • Graduate student: Sarah Goodman
  • Student group: The Healthy Masculinities Club, founded by graduate student Jay Dev and now led by his fellow graduate students Zack Avre and David Robinson
  • Employee: Amanda Pickett, a program assistant in Career Advising and Professional Development
  • Department: The Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Pleasure Educator of the Year: Madiha Shafquat


  • Undergraduate student: David Dellal
  • Graduate student: Claire Webb 
  • Student group: Graduate Women at MIT (GW@MIT)
  • Employee group: Former chemistry graduate student Michelle MacLeod and chemistry department head Timothy F. Jamison were recognized for leading efforts to train faculty, students, and staff
  • Pleasure Educator of the Year: Nolan O’Brien


  • Undergraduate student: Charlie Andrews-Jubelt
  • Graduate student: Priya Moni 
  • Student group: IFC Sexual Misconduct Committee with special recognition of the contributions of John Drago as chair and driver of the committee
  • Employee: David Singer, Department Head and Raphael Dorman-Helen Starbuck Professor of Political Science at MIT and inaugural chair of the MIT Committee on Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response
  • Pleasure Educator of the Year: Brittney Johnson