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ARISE Graduate Student Social Justice Award

In the spirit of UIW’s mission to educate men and women who will become concerned and enlightened citizens within the global community, the Office of Research & Graduate Studies is proud to welcome applications for the 2018 ARISE Graduate Student Social Justice Award.  

The title "ARISE" is drawn from Isaiah 60:1, "Arise, shine; for your light is come." The ARISE award seeks to recognize currently enrolled master’s and doctoral students who have demonstrated exemplary service related to a social justice issue and who have unselfishly sought to bring positive change in the community. 

  1. Applicants must demonstrate and provide examples of how their social justice efforts contribute to the community in a positive way.
  2. The activity must have occurred during the student's current graduate education at UIW
  3. Applicants should not have received compensation for the social justice work nor should the work be a part of their regular job.
  4. Students may be nominated by a community leader, UIW faculty or administrator, or by self-nomination.  Nominations can be emailed to Dr. David A. Ortiz at daortiz3@uiwtx.edu. Include the name and email address of the student nominee.

arise 1Application deadline is March 5.  Award Presentation on Incarnate Word Day, April 10.



Application Requirements

Recommendation Letters

Applicants should submit one to two letters of recommendation. The letters may be written by a community leader and/or a UIW faculty/administrator and describe in detail how the student has demonstrated an exemplary degree of social justice activity in the community with as many examples as possible.

Student Application

  1. Explain the social issue. Describe the social justice issue in the community where you are involved in service. Discuss the importance of addressing this issue beyond a surface-level.  What is the deeper meaning in addressing this issue? (max 250 words)
  2. Tell your story. Provide one or more examples of your engagement in social justice activities in the community related to the issue you identified. How did your service contribute to the community in a positive way? Why did you become involved? Did your service relate to your UIW experience in and outside of the class? What did you learn about yourself and the community? How did you build relationships with the people in the community? Did you have any "Aha!" moment? (max 500 words)
  3. Next Steps. Explain how you plan on continuing to serve or make a change in the community in the future. Would you like to share any other insights? (max 250 words)
  4. Optional Items. You may choose to include photos, links to news articles, links to videos, or other items that demonstrate your involvement in civic activities.


Recipient of the award will be presented with a unique plaque during Incarnate Word in the UIW Chapel on April 10. Only currently enrolled graduate, professional, and doctoral students are eligible for this award. For more information on the award or the application process, please contact Dr. David A. Ortiz at daortiz3@uiwtx.edu or 210.283.6454.