Celebrate with RISE San Diego on Monday, October 11 when we honor local leaders in diversity, equity, and inclusion and showcase work that is making a real difference in the San Diego region with the 2021 Inclusive Leadership in Action (ILIA) Awards.

While the event is sold out, the program portion of the celebration will be available to view via livestream on our YouTube page, where the video will also be available after the event.

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2021 ILIA AWARD NOMINATIONS

The nomination period for the 2021 ILIA Awards is now closed. RISE appreciates your nominations of individuals and organizations that demonstrate exceptional commitment to inclusive leadership. We look forward to honoring those whose efforts best exemplify significant, sustainable, and meaningful impact in the lives of San Diego County residents.

COLLECTIVE RESILIENCE ADVOCATE AWARD

Honors an individual who has shown dedication and action to address and support a community’s ability to come together to combat or resist adverse circumstances. It recognizes the work of fostering adaptation, growth, and resiliency within communities to more readily respond to and recover from problems together.

COMMUNITY CHANGE AGENT AWARD
Co-presented with the University of San Diego

Honors an individual who has shown dedication and action to make real, sustainable, and systemic change through the creation of innovative programs, policy, platforms, or partnerships. It recognizes the work of assisting the community’s ability to thrive in areas such as education, social enterprise, health and wellness, or advocacy.

CULTURE SHIFTER AWARD

Honors an individual who has shown dedication and action in shifting the culture of organizations and communities alike. It recognizes the effort of guiding groups to face a new challenge, disrupt outdated or harmful norms, and become more reflective and responsive to the needs of the communities they serve.

NEXT-GEN INFLUENCER AWARD
(formerly Emerging Leader Award)

Honors an individual between the ages of 16 and 25. It recognizes the voices of young adults who have shown dedication and action within their communities and are growing into their roles as action-driven thought leaders.

RESTORATIVE PRACTITIONER AWARD

Honors an individual who has shown dedication and action in fostering spaces of healing and compassion for others. It recognizes the commitment to restorative practices delivered with grace, empathy, and a strong ethic of care in support of diverse community groups.

THE ANTHONY M. MEDINA PEOPLE’S CHAMPION AWARD

Honors an individual who has been an advocate and champion for under-served or marginalized communities. It recognizes advocacy in words and in action to bring about meaningful change for the people. The award is named in honor of the late Anthony M. Medina, a RISE Urban Leadership Fellow (’18) and ILIA award recipient (’19), who founded People’s Legal Services to provide free and low-cost legal support to underserved communities.

ORGANIZATION FOR CHANGE AWARD

Honors an organization that has shown dedication and action to confronting challenges and spearheading opportunities to support and uplift San Diegans in meaningful and impactful ways. It recognizes the efforts of organizations and their teams to deliver exceptional programming and services for the communities they serve.


2021 ILIA NOMINEES

NATALIA ARMENTA
COURTNEY BALTIYSKYY
KEN BARNES
NAOMI BILLUPS
SARA BOQUIN
NICOLE CARR-LEE, PsyD
CASA DE AMISTAD
MISHA COLLINS
LAURIE COSKEY, EdD
THERESA CUNNINGHAM
SHAN CURETON
DANTE DAUZ
PAMELA DAVIS
LESFORD DUNCAN
FERN STREET COMMUNITY ARTS
FIELDSTONE LEADERSHIP NETWORK SAN DIEGO
LATYSA FLOWERS
CYNTHIA GILLIAM
PAUL GOTHOLD, EdD
HELEN V. GRIFFITH, EdD
REV. SHANE HARRIS
JACOBS CENTER FOR NEIGHBORHOOD INNOVATION
KUPANDA
SHEARL LAMBERT
LEMON GROVE ACADEMY MIDDLE SCHOOL
PRECIOUS LETCHAW
PETER LYNCH
MESA DE LA JUSTICIA Y ESPERANZA
KEALA MINNA-CHOE
NICANORA MONTENEGRO
NATACHE MUSCHETTE
SAN DIEGO QUEER APIMEDA COALITION
GRISELDA RAMIREZ
REALITY CHANGERS
RASHA ROSHDY, EdD
SAN DIEGO HOUSING FEDERATION
PASTOR JESUS SANDOVAL
SOULKISS THEATER
JOI SPENCER, PhD
THE GRANDPARENTS CONNECTION
AMY TRUONG
JASON M-B WELLS
YOUNG AND PROSPEROUS FOUNDATION
YOUTH WILL
AIMEE ZEITZ


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