2017-2018 Beyond the Bars Fellows Durrell Malik Washington Sr. and Jasmeen K Nijjar Receive Leadership Awards including Campbell Award

In 2016, the Columbia University Trustees and the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) established The Campbell Award, which is presented to a graduating student at each school who shows exceptional leadership and Columbia spirit, as exemplified by the late Bill Campbell ’62CC, ’64TC, Chair Emeritus, University Trustee and CAA co-founder.

Read below to learn about this year’s recipients. Congratulations to these new Columbia alumni!


Durrell Malik Washington Sr. ’18SW
In just a year at the School of Social Work, as an Advanced Standing Program participant, Washington was a strong leader supporting students of color, particularly men of color, in multiple roles. He was committed to mentoring and offering help and advice when he perceived the need from his fellow and prospective classmates. He trained to facilitate the SW Professional Development and Self-Awareness (PDSA) workshop, required of all students at orientation. As a lead for Beyond the Bars Fellows, he spoke at its opening ceremony this spring.


Devon Wade ’18GSAS (Posthumous)
When at Columbia, Wade served as a founding member of Students of Color Alliance (SoCA) and for the Center of Justice at Columbia Incarceration Working Group. He was also an instructor and teaching assistant for courses including Sociology of Race, Crime, and Law and Sociology of Work and Gender. He served as a graduate student mentor and student representative on a search committee for the GSAS Asst. Dean of Academic Diversity. Outside of Columbia, he was a spokesperson for No More Victims, Inc., a not-for-profit organization based in Houston that supports the children of incarcerated parents.



Congratulations to Jasmeen K Nijjar for winning the NASW (National Association of Social Workers) Student Award 


Jasmeen Nijjar is a CSSW class of 2018 Graduate with her MSW at Columbia University School of Social Work. Motivated by her own personal experiences, Jasmeen has developed a strong passion for advocacy and social justice work. She currently interns as a program coordinator for the Rikers Education Program at the Center for Justice at Columbia University, and as a case management intern at Common Justice. Jasmeen also does legal observing with the NYC chapter of the National Lawyers’ Guild. She previously interned at the Legal Aid Society and the Vera Institute of Justice. At Columbia University, Jasmeen is a student leader for the Southern Poverty Law Center chapter at CSSW as well as a member of the Directly Impacted Group (DIG). She has previously been an advocate at New York Presbyterian for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and facilitated workshops at RMSC on Rikers Island. Prior to Columbia University and living in NYC, Jasmeen lived in California, where she attended San Jose State University and received her undergraduate degree in child and adolescent development with a minor in human rights. There, she also conducted research with children and advocated for undocumented members of her community through DACA and DAPA assistance and workshops that her human rights cohort hosted. She also worked with youth, including those who were justice impacted, before she moved to NYC. Jasmeen looks forward to graduating this coming May and continuing her work after graduation in NYC.



This YouTube link has both awards from the 42:00 to the 52:00 mark