Mimi Wahid, the winner of the 2020 de Courtivron Prize is profiled MIT News, “A storyteller dedicated to environmental justice,” November 6, 2020.
Wahid was the recipient of the Isabelle de Courtivron Prize for 2020 for her memoir, “5524 Yellow Poplar Drive, Salisbury, North Carolina,” about growing up as a Muslim Irish-African-American in a rural Bible-belt community where “seas of confederate flags fly” and the mundane act of fetching the mail requires bravery and resilience.
The Isabelle de Courtivron writing prize is awarded annually to recognize high-quality undergraduate writing (creative or expository) on topics related to immigrant, diaspora, bicultural, bilingual, and/or mixed-race experiences. The prize was established to honor distinguished Professor Emerita Isabelle de Courtivron on the occasion of her retirement in 2010. For information on submitting for 2021, see INFORMATION ON DE COURTIVRON PRIZE.