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ESS Community Service and Activism Award

Due: Nov 15, 2022
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ESS Community Service and Activism Award


This award is presented annually to a community service and/or social justice organization working in the city in which the ESS meets during the particular year each award is given. The 2023 ESS meeting will be held in Baltimore. To be eligible for consideration, the organization must be working to address a significant social problem, empower marginalized communities, advance community involvement and social-political participation in underrepresented communities, and/or effect positive change in the neighborhood/city/state in which they conduct their work. The organization should be located in the Greater Baltimorearea. This award comes with a $750 stipend and the possibility to engage in a conversation with scholars on a panel during the ESS annual meeting at which the award is given.

To nominate an organization for this award, please send a letter (or letters) of nomination detailing how the group fulfills the above qualifications. Please include examples of the nominated organization’s work, copies of (or references to) any relevant published materials and/or press coverage, and contact information for both nominator and the organization. 

The 2022 award went to Association of Haitian Women in Boston (AFAB); Asosiyasyon Fanm Ayisyen nan Boston.

AFAB-KAFANM’s mission is to empower Haitian women by helping them develop their individual and collective capacity to improve social, economic and political status and thus be able to effect positive changes in their life and their families’ lives. 

The Association of Haitian Women in Boston (AFAB-KAFANM) is a grassroots organization founded by a group of Haitian women from different social, religious, and economic backgrounds who have joined forces since August 1988 for a women’s voice in the Haitian community.

HONORABLE MENTION was given to Neighbors United for a Better East Boston (NUBE)

NOMINATIONS FOR 2023 should be submitted to the Committee Chair at:

DEADLINE: October 31, 2022

Committee Members
Chair: Myron T. Strong, Community College of Baltimore County

Diditi Mitra, Brookdale Community College

Amy Pucino, Community College of Baltimore County 

Nelda Nix McCray, Community College of Baltimore County

Miho Iwata, Towson University 

Past Recipients


Brooklyn Movement Center

New York, NY


Puentes de Salud

Philadelphia, PA


Deeper Than Water

Boston, MA



Baltimore, MD


The United Workers

Baltimore, MD

Deadline: November 15, 2022
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