SUA Opens Nominations for Fourth Soka Global Citizen Award

December 04, 2023
Aerial view of Soka University of America's campus at sunset

Soka University of America is opening nominations for its fourth Soka Global Citizen Award. The award is presented to an individual who has made a major contribution to the global community and inspired positive change in one of the following areas:

  • The practice of nonviolence in human society
  • The study of ecological realities and means of protecting the environment
  • The focus on poverty and global justice
  • The awareness of human equality and dignity
Global Citizen Award

The annual award includes $25,000 to carry on the winner’s work. The nomination process opened November 18. The deadline for nominations is January 31, 2024, and the recipient will be announced on March 16.

Past recipients of the Soka Global Citizen Award include Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury for his dedicated work towards peace, women’s rights and equality, and for the cause of the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged nations; and Ambassador Andrew Young for his life’s work in courageously advocating for the social, political, and economic advancement and human rights of people in over 150 countries, , and Wanjira Mathai for her decades of advocating for social and environmental causes, including youth leadership, climate change, sustainable energy, and landscape restoration on both local and international platforms.

“We are honored to shine a spotlight on individuals who are using their wisdom, courage and compassion to lift up others and improve our world,” said Soka University President Ed Feasel. “Our mission is to foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life, people who will give back to their communities and make this world a better place. We encourage nominations of people who are outstanding, inspirational examples of the positive impact of individual effort.”

Nomination submittals should include the following:

  • A nomination letter detailing the candidate’s contributions in one or more of the areas identified in the criteria section as well as how the candidate has embodied the essential elements of global citizenship in addressing these issues (maximum 1,000 words). Supporting documents may be attached.
  • A letter from the nominee acknowledging their consent to their nomination, contact information (address, email and phone number) and biography.
  • Supplemental information from nominator (contact information: address, email, phone number, relationship to nominee, affiliation to Soka University of America, if any).

Nominations can be electronically submitted to or by mail to Soka Global Citizen Award Committee, Soka University of America, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656. Website: Questions regarding the nominating process may be directed to