The University of Virginiaâ€™s Office for Diversity and Equity has chosen Hajar Ahmed, a fourth-year student in politics to receive this yearâ€™s annual award along with a faculty member. Itâ€™s the first time the university has named two winners of the annual award, and the first time a U.Va. student has won.
The honor recognizes students, faculty or staff members who have demonstrated a deep commitment to diversity in the U.Va. community. The award was established to recognize the accomplishments of former President Casteen, who was the awardâ€™s inaugural recipient in 2010.
Specific criteria for the award include playing a leadership role in increasing diversity, equity and inclusion at U.Va. and making a sustainable and quantifiable impact in these areas. Ahmed, a member of the Most Passionate Pi Chapter of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority Inc. and vice president of the Multicultural Greek Council, led students beginning last year in a campaign, â€œRestore AccessUVA.â€