Morgenstern-Clarren Prize Social Justice Employee Recognition Award

Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Social Justice Employee Recognition Award  


Nominations are now being accepted for the Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Employee Recognition Award. Eligible Wesleyan employees include custodians, dining staff, grounds crew, and building maintenance staff (e.g., electricians, plumbers). The award is to honor and thank the people whose everyday work is central to student life at Wesleyan. Nominators may submit only one person for consideration; you are welcome to nominate yourself. The winner(s) will receive an award of $2,500. 


The Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Employee Recognition Award was created in memory of Peter Morgenstern-Clarren, who pursued social justice as a student at Wesleyan.  His activism included securing benefits for Wesleyan custodial staff, participating in the United Student and Labor Action Coalition, and contributing his leadership to the campus chapter of Amnesty International.  We are grateful to Dr. Hadley Morgenstern-Clarren and The Honorable Pat Morgenstern-Clarren for their generosity in sponsoring this award that honors their son’s activism for the public good and his care for the staff community at the university.


To nominate a staff member (you may nominate yourself) for this award, please submit a letter or essay that explains how the nominee contributes positively to student life at Wesleyan. If possible, please share specific examples. Please be sure to include the nominee’s name and job on campus. The document you submit should be no longer than 500 words, and may be much shorter.


Submit nominations to by 5:00pm ET on Thursday, March 31, 2022. 
** Please use the subject line “Employee award nomination” **


If you have any questions, please contact April Ruiz, Dean for Academic Equity, Inclusion, & Success at