A note from interim dean Leslie Wolf:
Thank you to all who submitted proposals in response to our inaugural Racial Justice Innovation Initiative. In conveying their recommendations to me, the committee members, Natsu Saito, Corneill Stephens, and Timothy Lytton, commented on “the strong response from the College of Law community, as well as the quality and thoughtfulness of each proposal.”
I am pleased to endorse the Committee’s recommendations and announce the recipients of the five awards:
- Yves McKenzie (Staff) for his proposal of the Elliot-Hunt-Welch Memorial Garden. The proposal will enrich the physical and cultural space of the law school by providing a living testament to those who laid the foundation for the integration of the University.
- Kayla Watkins, Kadeja Thomas, Erika Harris, James Dean, Davynn Brown, Kyrie’ Chandler of BLSA (Students) for their proposal to develop a program for first year students addressing the early efforts to integrate GSU.
- Dagem Araya & Alex Garrett (Students) for their proposal to develop a student-led diversity recruitment program for high school and undergraduate students, with a particular focus on African American men.
- Stacie Kersher (Faculty) for her proposal to add content to the “Health is a Human Right: Race and Place in America” exhibit that highlights important public health events that have occurred since 2013 (when the exhibit was first displayed).
- Kinda Abdus-Saboor (Faculty) for her proposal to develop a program on “Culturally Conscious Conversations” for first year students.
Please join me in congratulating each of recipients and extending our appreciation for their creativity in developing these proposals. We will all be the beneficiaries of their efforts, and I am grateful to them.
Thank you again to all who submitted proposals, to the Committee for its review and recommendations, and to Natsu Saito for her excellent suggestion in creating the initiative.