The MLK Jr. Leadership Awards are given annually to students, alumni, staff, groups and faculty who embody Dr. King’s commitment to community service, integrity, leadership, and creativity.

Nilma Dominique, a lecturer in Portuguese in Global Languages, was awarded the MLK Leadership Award for 2022.

The MIT Institute Community & Equity Office announced the awards in its February newsletter. Dominique told the newsletter: “I believe that we all must make a conscious effort to constantly review our values and reflect on our choices and decisions, lest we automatically reproduce behaviors that we claim to be fighting against. As educators, we cannot and should not be mere observers or indifferent to the social reality in which we live. We have to act not only by critically verifying the facts, but also by intervening in an ethical manner.”

Dominique responded to announcement of the award with this statement:

In addition to Dominique, the other three award recipients for this year are:

  • Staff – Austin A. Ashe, Sloan School of Management and Chiamaka Agbasi-Porter, Lincoln Laboratory
  • UG Student – Lina Ahmed, Chemical Engineering
  • Grad Student – Bianca Lepe, Biological Engineering