Chimwemwe Undi

University of Manitoba graduate receives 2024 Distinguished Alumni award

Thursday April 4, 2024

Whether they pushed the envelope in business, community health, research, community service, or storytelling, the 2024 University of Manitoba’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipients have all had a major impact both locally and around the world. 

This year’s recipients were chosen from an impressive selection of grads who were nominated by their peers.  On behalf of the 2024 Distinguished Alumni Awards Committee chair, The Honourable Dr. Pat Bovey [LLD/21], and her fellow panelists including previous award and honourary degree recipients, Alumni Council representatives, and alumni leaders, the University of Manitoba is delighted to announce the recipients for 2024. Chimwemwe Undi, a 2016 Bachelor of Arts graduate, received the prestigious Outstanding Young Alumni. She will be receiving the award at the University of Manitoba’s Celebration of Excellence gala on September 19th during Homecoming Week. 

Below is the citation for her award.    

  •  Outstanding Young Alumni: Chimwemwe Undi [BA(Adv)/16, JD/20] – A vocal truth teller, poet, and published author, Undi is unafraid of calling out injustices, and she has demonstrated her commitment to her causes both while at UM serving as Vice Chair (External) of the Robson Hall Outlaws (LGBT2SQ+ Student Group) and Chair of the Robson Hall Feminist Legal Forum.  She is also an associate at TDS law firm, a member of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers and is the Winnipeg Poet Laureate for 2023 and 2024. 

“We have been honouring  alumni at the Distinguished Alumni Awards for 65 years now, and every year it is still so exciting to learn about and share the amazing stories of the recipients,” says Tracy Bowman, Executive Director of Alumni Relations. “UM alumni are not just achievers. They’re the movers and shakers, the ones out there making waves in every corner and industry you can imagine. I look forward to celebrating UM’s alumni accomplishments this year and for many more years to come.”  

Source: UM Alumni Today