The Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education Award recognizes faculty who are excellent teachers; who engage students in a community of intellectual inquiry, who are significant mentors and role models for students, and who develop and promote activities that help students understand the larger context of their intended professions.
"This is something that is more than well deserved. This man truly helps change lives, points people in the right direction, listen to their challenges and offers suggestions to assist in helping manage said challenges."
ICGC scholar and UMN Sociology PhD student Michael Soto and Professor Joachim Savelsberg conducted research in Belfast, Northern Ireland. They interviewed participants from the Grassroots Transitional Justice Toolkit, an initiative designed by Bridge of Hope and the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI).
Professor Rose Brewer from the Department of African-American & African Studies examines issues of race, class, and gender. According to Brewer, America is still engaged in “an ongoing struggle for what I would call real democracy.”
Associate Professor Enid Logan’s past research has been on blackness and the African American experience. Her latest project explores the processes of American Indian racialization through a similar sociological lens.
Undergraduate Atosha Rypa uses spoken word to bring awareness to social issues, tell her story, and inspire others. Her words aim to educate people about the American Black experience and the power that language has to perpetuate discrimination. Rypa’s words heal her own past and provide motivation for future change.
Chilean attorney and nonprofit organization founder Isabel Arriagada uses her unique combination of knowledge to approach penal research with a fresh perspective. “There is much more to the prison system than just ‘right’ and ‘wrong,’” explains PhD student Arriagada.
Associate professor Joshua Page seeks to understand the complex factors obstructing changes in the criminal justice system. “Understanding is the first step towards generating a will to change,” says Page.