The Zachary Cornell Husser Prize for Community Engagement and Empowerment

June 10, 2021

The Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies (AAADS) and the Zachary Husser Endowment Committee are pleased to announce the 2021 Zachary Cornell Husser Prize for Community Engagement and Empowerment.

The prize honors Zachary Husser (CC ’70) who, as a student at Columbia, made critical and lasting contributions to the struggle for racial justice on campus and in Harlem during the 1968 student revolt and continued to work tirelessly for Black community empowerment until his passing in 2018.

The Husser Prize will recognize an undergraduate student registered at any school of Columbia University who has made enduring contributions to promoting social justice for Black people through political activism and community building on campus and beyond.

We especially invite the nomination of students who are taking courses in AAADS or have done so in the past. The selection committee welcomes nominations from students, faculty or members of the community of students who, like Mr. Husser, have demonstrated both a commitment to building empowering networks between the University and community, and show promise for continuing that work after graduation.

The nomination must be supported by at least one (1) letter of recommendation.
Nomination and recommendation letters must address the nominee’s community engagement and empowerment efforts. The Nomination due date is September 17, 2021. The Husser Prize includes a financial award and a mentoring commitment from alumni who were Zachary Husser’s comrades and friends.

Nomination form can be found at

Any questions can be sent to: [email protected]

Columbia  University Undergraduate Students Only