I’ve been privileged to be recognized for my work by several wonderful individuals and organizations. Below are some of the most recent awards.
2017 Ron Sable Award for Activism by the Crossroads Fund — The Ron Sable Award for Activism is a living memorial to the man whose clarity, wisdom, honesty, and leadership continues to guide Chicago’s community members. Each year, awards are distributed to a grantee organization and an individual or group who has made a significant impact on Chicago’s communities. We are proud to honor Ron and his lifelong commitment to social change.
2016 SOROS Justice Fellowship — The Soros Justice Fellowships fund outstanding individuals to undertake projects that advance reform, spur debate, and catalyze change on a range of issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system. The fellowships are part of a larger effort within the Open Society Foundations to reduce the destructive impact of current criminal justice policies on the lives of individuals, families, and communities in the United States by challenging the overreliance on incarceration and extreme punishment, and ensuring a fair and accountable system of justice.
2016 AERA Ella Baker/Septima Clark Human Rights Award – from Division B of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). This annual award honors a scholar whose work embodies the connection between curriculum studies and human rights. Possible domains of work include local or national or international or indigenous sites of struggle, community education, K-12 public schooling, and curriculum policy.
2015 Women to Celebrate Award – recognizing women who have made significant contributions to Chicago’s organizing communities (with focus on challenging) state violence, March 11, 2015
Lawndale Christian Legal Center “2014 Partner in Justice Award” – November 14, 2014
Now Chicago — Women Who Dared Award 2014 — Vernita Gray Community Advocate Award. September 18, 2014 ceremony
Reconnecting the Pathways — Data/Research award in recognition of excellence in improving outcomes for young people and communities in Illinois (June 2014).
Bright Promises Foundation — 2013 Ed Marciniak Bright Star Award – in honor of excellent work benefiting vulnerable children in the state of Illinois (October 30, 2013)
A Long Walk Home — 2012 Courage Tour Award , for Outstanding Vision, Dedication, and Lifelong Commitment to Empowering Girls and Women.
Sexuality Health Education to End Rape – 2012 SHEER CHANGE AWARD, for exceptional commitment to leadership in activism for rape prevention and sexual wellness in the city of Chicago (March 29, 2012)
Community Cinema honored several Chicago women (including myself) after a screening of the documentary “The Interrupters” for our work in addressing violence in the lives of youth (December 17, 2011).
The Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) Task Force of Cook County Juvenile Court — 2011 Certificate of Recognition, in appreciation for efforts in advancing the principles and values of balanced and restorative justice benefiting our youth, victims, and communities (May 17, 2011)
State Senator Heather Steans –2010 7th District Community Award, in recognition of leadership on youth and women’s issues in Rogers Park (October 4, 2010)
Chicago Department of Public Health, Office of Violence Prevention 2010 Community Spirit Award, in recognition of exemplary commitment and enthusiastic support of the work of Chicago Safe Start (preventing childhood exposure to violence, April 23, 2010)
Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network — 2008 Community Advocate Award — for Outstanding Leadership and Contribution in the Work Against Domestic Violence (March 27, 2008)
Illinois Coalition against Sexual Assault — 2007 Moxie Award (with YWAT) — for creative efforts to end sexual violence (May 30, 2007)