Innovator in Social Justice Prize Call for Nominations

September 03, 2020

Grinnell College is accepting nominations from across the globe for the 2021 Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize. The College awards the Grinnell Prize annually to individuals who show creativity, commitment and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive change.

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to nominate someone who is:

  • A change-maker working on the cutting edge of social innovation;
  • A leader who collaborates to co-create solutions to pressing social issues;
  • A visionary who is tackling immediate challenges while also addressing related systemic issues; and
  • A mentor who inspires the next generation of social innovators

The Grinnell Prize reflects Grinnell’s commitment to exploring issues of purpose, responsibility and social justice.

Grinnell College President Anne Harris said, "The Grinnell Prize demonstrates our college’s historic mission to educate individuals who are prepared in life and work to use their knowledge and abilities to serve common good. Especially during this time of racial, economic, and global health crises, it is my hope that Grinnell Prize winners inspire and challenge us to find innovative ways to use our own values, insights, relationships and educational experiences as catalysts to become purpose-driven change-makers throughout the world."

Nominations are open to both U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries. Nominations for individuals and organizations engaged in anti-racist work are strongly encouraged. No affiliation with Grinnell College is needed.

Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, and winners will be announced in the summer of 2021. Winners will be awarded $50,000, with half presented to the individual and half to the individual’s organization. Winners may also be required to travel to campus during the fall of 2021 to received their award and participate in Grinnell Prize Week events.

Details about the prize and nomination process are at

Questions should be directed to the Center for Careers, Life, and Service at 641-269-4940 or

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