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Four Graduating Students Receive Dean’s Mission & Impact Award

The students were recognized for their contributions to the Yale SOM and New Haven communities.

Four members of the Class of 2024 have been selected as recipients of the Dean’s Mission & Impact Award, Dean Kerwin K. Charles announced this week. The Mission & Impact Award has been presented annually since 2021 to students who during their time at Yale SOM have embodied the school’s mission to educate leaders for business and society through their contributions to the community.

“Selecting the honorees for the Mission & Impact Award has given me a welcome opportunity to reflect on the many ways in which members of the Class of 2024 have made a difference at Yale SOM, in New Haven, and in our society at large,” Charles said. “I am confident, that like generations of SOM alumni, they will continue to serve as leaders who consider the impact of their decisions on their communities.”

The 2024 recipients of the Dean’s Mission & Impact Award are:

  • Joseph Raff ’24, a graduate of the full-time MBA program, who advocated for changes to compensation for student teaching assistants. “His thoughtful leadership among students and continual dialog with school leadership regarding this important structural change with deep and broad implications for the university and the school deeply impressed many members of the SOM community,” Charles wrote in an email to the community.
  • Nicola Divan ’24, a graduate of the Master of Advanced Management program, who represented his classmates as the MAM Student Government representative. Divan, Charles wrote, “has helped ensure the incorporation into the full life and breadth of the school of all our different degree programs, nationalities, and backgrounds—especially for his fellow MAMs.”
  • Leigh Bushnell ’24 and Alice Mao ’24, both graduates of the full-time MBA program, and the organizers of the Young Women’s Leadership Launch, which brings young women from New Haven to the Yale campus for a day-long conference giving them leadership skills and introducing them to professional career paths. “Student involvement with New Haven is of the utmost importance to me, and I am delighted by their efforts to lead the way for themselves and others for such engagement,” Charles wrote.

In recognition of the recipients, the school will make contributions to impactful local organizations of their choice. 

Read about the 2021, 2022, and 2023 winners of the Dean’s Mission & Impact Award.