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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 2024 ESS meeting will be held in Washington, DC. 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 DC area. 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 to the Committee Chair (see below). 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. 

DEADLINE November 1, 2023

The 2023 award went to B360 in Baltimore, MD. B-360 has been on a mission to utilize dirt bike culture to end the cycle of poverty, disrupt the prison pipeline, and build bridges in communities.

Committee Members
Chair: Hilary Silver,, Professor of Sociology, International Affairs, and Public Policy & Public Administration at George Washington University

Dana R. Fisher, Professor, School of International Service, American University

Derek Hyra, Dept. of Public Administration & Policy

American University

Past Recipients


Association of Haitian Women in Boston (AFAB); Asosiyasyon Fanm Ayisyen nan Boston

Boston, MA


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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