Matteo Ricci, S.J. was an Italian Jesuit priest, and one of the founding figures of the jesuit China Mission. He was known for his appreciation of the Chinese culture by celebrating traditions and academic excellence in the Jesuit way served as a magnet that could draw people to God.
Presented to a Loyola student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership on issues central to intercultural understanding. The award recognizes the efforts of a student who has enhanced the campus climate related to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, culture or disability.