Divest Dartmouth Receives MLK Social Justice Award

Accepting the student group award for Divest Dartmouth is Francesca Gundrum ’17, an ENVS major who said she first got involved in environmental issues while traveling the world working for research groups protecting whales, rhinos and turtles. “So my window on social justice started with animal rights,” she said. She joined Divest Dartmouth, she said, because it seeks to have a global impact.

On Jan. 26, at Filene Auditorium in Moore Hall, this year’s five awardees were recognized for their work in education, legal services, and climate change activism. They also participated in a lively panel discussion called “Conversations with Change Makers.”

This year’s winners:

Shawn O’Leary, director of the Office for Diversity and Community Engagement at the Geisel School of Medicine, received the Holly Fell Sateia Award.

Rebecca Holcombe, secretary of education in the state of Vermont, received the Award for Ongoing Commitment.

Leonard Greenhalgh, a professor of management at the Tuck School of Business and faculty director for minority programs, received the Lifetime Achievement award.

Kevin Curnin ’86, a partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in New York and founding director of Stroock’s Public Service Project, received the Lester B. Granger ’18 award for Lifetime Achievement.

Divest Dartmouth, an independent organization of students and community members who work on issues involving climate change and global warming, received the 2017 Student Organization Award.

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