Physical Sciences student Reni Chng (Class of 2021) was awarded the Commitment to Community and Social Change Award at the 2021 Yale-NUS Kingfisher Award Ceremony on April 21st this year. This award is for individuals or student groups that “contributed significantly to social justice, peace, social change, education, public health, or environmental justice.” And the nominees must have demonstrated “a commitment to transformative social justice by challenging social inequities, made a significant contribution to disadvantaged communities nationally or internationally, and has significantly improved the lives of others.”
Reni has been involved in numerous social justice activities, both inside and outside the College, including serving as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the student government and working on the executive committee for a survivor support advocacy group at NUS. Reni’s nominator also noted that Reni worked on these issues with “incredible fortitude and consistency” and that “Reni has an incredible capacity to engage gently with people, to share in resources and solidarity, and to ask people to shift their perspectives or challenge existing thoughts.” Clearly Reni’s award is well deserved and they have made a significant impact on the Yale-NUS community! The Physical Sciences faculty are proud to work with students who are as thoughtful as Reni across the full spectrum of their interests, from the scientific to the social. Congratulations to Reni again!