NCFR Inclusion and Diversity Committee Award

Social Justice Award for Contributions to Family Science

2023 Recipient

Nikki DiGregorio, Ph.D., Towson University 


The purpose of the Social Justice Award for Contributions to Family Science offered by NCFR's Inclusion and Diversity Committee (IDC) is to recognize an NCFR member for their outstanding work in the area of social justice as it relates to their work with families. The IDC defines social justice as “individuals and organizations actively identifying the dynamics of socially structured and institutionalized oppression and privilege; self-reflecting on our own socialization linked to social locations (e.g., race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability, etc.); and acting on systematic and hidden disparities with meaningful leadership in the field of family science.”


  • Plaque
  • Opportunity to lead a round table at the IDC special session
  • Recipient recognized at the IDC Special Session


  • Mid- to late-career professional with at least 10 years in the Family Science profession
  • Demonstrate a significant record of social justice work in the area of Family Science. This social justice work could take the form of academic scholarship (e.g., articles or presentations), community or campus advocacy work, leadership within NCFR, and/or the development or implementation of social justice pedagogical practices.
  • Member of NCFR for at least 5 years and a current member of NCFR
  • Applicant/nominee may not be a current member of the IDC

Nomination/Application Process

Application materials:

  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • One-page nomination letter that includes summary of the nominee’s social justice work and how it relates to families. The nomination letter can be written by a nominator or it can be submitted as self-nomination.
  • Two letters of recommendation describing the nominee’s contributions to social justice

Deadline for Application

May 1: Application deadline. Email completed applications to Membership.
July 31: The recipient is notified by this date.

Committee Structure

IDC Awards Committee comprised of the IDC chair and two additional IDC members.