The IDEAL (Inclusion, Diversity, Education, Access, and Leadership) Award recognizes an individual, institution, or organization who has demonstrated consistent and long standing commitment to issues of access including, but not limited to, students of color, first generation college students, low income students, undocumented students, and LBGTQ+ students.

The award recipient or institution should be a member of NEACAC. Nominees, either individuals or institutions, should be actively engaged in activities associated with access. The committee will consider many factors including long standing commitment and positive outcomes for students achieving post-secondary education.

The 2020 IDEAL Award was presented to Dauri Torres of Merrimack College. Dauri was presented with the award at the Special Virtual Annual Meeting on May 28, 2020. To read the speech that was given to present the award, click here. Congratulations, Dauri!


Previous IDEAL Award Recipients are listed here.