Honors and Awards

• Megan Francis received the inaugural Linda Faye Williams Prize in Social Justice from Rice University. Francis recently completed her Ph.D. in political science at Princeton University and is currently serving as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago.

The award is given to a recent Rice University graduate who “enables understanding across boundaries of race.” The prize is named after the first black graduate of Rice University.

• Nikki Giovanni, world renowned poet and University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech, received an honorary doctorate from Dillard University in New Orleans. The university also named a section of its library after Professor Giovanni.