JEDI Award

Introducing the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Award

This award recognizes the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts at Lamont, and the role that such efforts play in promoting Justice (J) and benefitting the institution as a whole. Accordingly, the JEDI Award aims to honor and recognize an individual from the Lamont Community for their valuable contributions to DEI at Lamont. The JEDI Award carries a $2,000 cash prize and a certificate.

Kailani Acosta

2020: Congratulations to Kailani Acosta, Graduate Student, for receiving Lamont's inaugural JEDI Award. Kailani's contributions to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) at Lamont have been far reaching and impactful across the entire Lamont community. We thank Kailani for her tireless efforts and commitment to making Lamont a more inclusive place!

Congratulations also to all our nominees: Benjamin Keisling, Jennifer Middleton, Lauren Moseley, Elise Myers, and Lucy Tweed. Thank you for all your JEDI contributions and for making Lamont a better place. Your work is greatly appreciated!


I. Selection Criteria

Candidates will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Raising awareness on DEI issues at Lamont
  • Working with members of the Lamont community on DEI issues
  • Advocating for minority/marginalized groups on campus
  • Leadership activities on DEI issues


II. Selection Process

Nominators should submit a letter of nomination (not to exceed 2 pages) describing how the nominee has led or contributed to DEI efforts at Lamont.

Nominators are encouraged to solicit up to two letters in support of the nomination from members of the Lamont Community. Letters of support should not exceed 2 pages each. Letters of support are not required for full consideration of a nominee, but will likely strengthen their case. Note: In order to protect privacy and confidentiality, individual letters for each nominee must be submitted electronically by the letter writer and not as part of a larger dossier. All materials are expected to be confidential. The selection committee will review the nominations and make a recommendation to the Director. 

Deadline: All letters must be submitted electronically by 05 November 2021 to Dr. Vicki Ferrini, Associate Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (


III. Eligibility

Nominees: Current members of LDEO, DEES, IRI, and CIESIN. Note that current members of the selection committee and/or the Lamont Directorate are not eligible for this award.

Nominators: All members of LDEO, DEES, IRI, and CIESIN may submit nominations. Nominations may also be submitted by persons outside of these units who were members of these units within the past two years. Each individual may submit only one nomination per year. There is no limit on the number of supporting letters an individual may submit.


IV. The Award Selection Committee

The Mentoring Award Committee will review the JEDI Award nominations and recommend a recipient to the Director, LDEO.