Community Activist Award

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Throughout urban history, there have been individuals who advocate for under-represented and less-advantaged residents. These advocates fight against social, economic and political barriers to both protect urban communities, and open access to opportunities and resources for their residents. Often serving in voluntary roles, and/or elected positions, such activists face considerable obstacles and pressure from resistant forces and institutions. They are sometimes unrecognized in any public manner. Within their communities they are both role models and service leaders. Urban activists play instrumental roles in organizing and elevating community interests and advancing social justice. Their work reflects the same values held by the Urban Affairs Association. This award recognizes their current and/or past efforts in promoting the rights and well-being of urban communities and seeks to give public and national recognition to their contributions.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: October 2, 2023 (11:59pm CST) – Last day to submit an application or nomination

Eligibility Requirements
Award Benefits
Selection Process
Past Recipients
Eligibility Requirements

Nominations may be made by UAA members in the metropolitan area of the conference site (New York Metropolitan Area), as well as from members of the Local Host Committee. 

Nominees should be individuals who have played an ongoing role working on behalf and in partnership with urban communities within the state, particularly around issues of social, political, environmental and economic equity.

Submit a Nomination


Award Benefits

The recipient(s) of the award receive:

  • A special award plaque
  • An honorarium of $1000 USD
  • A lifetime complimentary conference registration (including meal + reception tickets) for all UAA conferences (valued at $500+ USD each year)
Selection Process

The nominations will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the Chairperson of the Governing Board.

The award committee will solicit nominations from UAA members in the metropolitan area of the conference site, as well as from members of the Local Host Committee.

The awards committee will report its decision to the UAA Executive Director, who will inform all nominees and nominators of the committee’s decision prior to the spring UAA conference.

Past Recipients

2024 – New York Conference

2023 – Nashville Conference

  • Rep. Justin Jones
  • Rep. Justin J. Pearson