Young Alumni Award

The Young Alumni Award is presented annually to a member of the alumni community who graduated in the last 15 years and whose professional accomplishments, service to alma mater, or selfless and caring work to benefit society are distinctive.

2021 Recipient

Nadia Sasso ’11

Nadia Sasso '11 is a creative cultural producer and unconventional scholar based in Los Angeles, with expertise in developing engaging creative content and driving strategy across platforms and media.

With 10 years of experience, Sasso uses the power of media storytelling to engage, inspire and connect people around the world with stories they love. She advocates for changing the way relationships are built, fostered and established across various industries in the African Diaspora and on the African continent. 

During her time at Bucknell, Sasso was a Posse Scholar and remains in close touch with other Posse alumni in the L.A. area, including Nakea Tyson '11, Michael Tonge '12 and Marissa Calhoun '10, who continue to support each other in their endeavors.

Sasso credits professors Coralynn Davis, Alexander Riley, John Rickard, Elaine Hopkins, the late Carmen Gillespie and Michelle Johnson as instrumental influences on her academic and professional careers. 

Sasso received a Ph.D. from Cornell University and provides expert insight and advice on content for TV shows and films relating to the African Diaspora. Most recently, she produced and directed Am I, an independent documentary film starring Issa Rae that explores the complex identity formations of young African women living in America and West Africa.

Nadia has proudly hired Bucknell University alumni as interns, and she currently works with Amarachi Ekekwe '18. She has been recognized by former President Barack Obama, Katie Couric and others for catalyzing innovative and positive change via filmmaking and social work, and is frequently honored as a social impact honoree, prolific public speaker and panelist at prestigious conferences and universities.

Young Alumni Award

Contact Details

The Center for Alumni & Family Engagement


Alumni House
90 University Avenue


8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.