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Shepard Symposium Social Justice Awards

Description of Award

This year the Shepard Symposium on Social Justice will honor one undergraduate student, one graduate student or post-doctoral fellow, one faculty or staff member, and one community member. Nominees should have a demonstrable dedication to a social justice cause or project. In addition, nominees will be assessed using the following criteria: evidence of their leadership as an advocate or role model; evidence of their commitment to understanding and implementing the social justice principles relative to their cause or project; and evidence of the breadth and depth of their work to support justice, equality, and inclusion locally and/or globally.

Nominations must be submitted by: February 20th

Criteria and Application Instruction:

  • Nominees for Shepard Symposium Social Justice Undergraduate Student Award must be part of the University of Wyoming community—all departments are accepted. They must be demonstrably dedicated to a social justice cause, project, or organization. Nominees must demonstrate leadership by (inclusively) acting as advocates and role models for their chosen activities within the university and the wider community.
  • Nominees for Shepard Symposium Social Justice Graduate Student / Post-doctoral Fellow Award must be part of the University of Wyoming community—all departments are accepted. They must be demonstrably dedicated to a social justice cause, project, or organization. Nominees must demonstrate leadership by (inclusively) acting as advocates and role models for their chosen activities within the university and the wider community.
  • Nominees for Shepard Symposium Social Justice Faculty or Staff Award must be part of the University of Wyoming community—all departments are accepted. They must be demonstrably dedicated to a social justice cause, project, or organization. Nominees must demonstrate leadership by acting as an advocates and role models for their chosen activities within the university and the wider community.
  • Nominees for the Shepard Symposium Social Justice Community Member Award must be demonstrably dedicated to a social justice cause, project, or organization. Nominees must live or work in Wyoming and they must demonstrate leadership by acting as an advocate and role model for their chosen activities within the State of Wyoming and the wider community.
  • To be considered for this award, nominators must submit a completed application, consisting of this nomination form, including current and operative contact information; If we cannot reach the nominee we may not be able to consider the nomination. Please also provide a letter of nomination containing a detailed description as to how the nominee has demonstrated leadership, courage and compassion in their work as a social justice advocate. Please also indicate how long the nominee has been working as an advocate or role model for their chosen cause.

 


Award Winners:

2018

Student

Kali Nicholas Moon
When, in the summer of 2015, Kali came to me with the fierce desire to continue her education, she was both inspired and defeated. Having begun graduate work in several other programs, Kali had been repeatedly told that integrating a traditional sciences Masters with an inclusive teaching and learning thesis was not possible.

Thus, it was on the back of a napkin, at Turtle Rock Café, that Kali and I sketched a dream. We drew three circles; in one we wrote ‘Pedagogies of Engagement’. In a second circle, we wrote ‘Feelings of Motivation and Inclusion’ and in a third we wrote, ‘Science Literacy’. Interested in the place at which these circles intersected, we began the early processes of envisioning Kali’s Masters project. Since that day, the progress has happened in a whirlwind. Kali has collected data that have never been communicated about our students and revealed correlations between gender, sexual orientation and scientific literacy. Kali has presented this work at the Lily Conference on Teaching and Learning and the American Association of Social and Behavioral Sciences Conference.

Community Award

June Glasson and Adrienne Vetter
Surveying images from the 2017 and 2018 marches [for women] around the world, you’ll be hard-pressed to find visual displays denser with artful, creative, region-specific protest paraphernalia than those fluttering in the Cheyenne wind. Wyoming marchers boasted ornate, hand-painted banners, embroidered flags, sequined uteruses, custom clothing, and a cow skull transformed into a sculptural Western womb.

Many of these extraordinary objects were created thanks to the Wyoming Art Party.

The Wyoming Art Party is a Laramie-based collaborative founded by June Glasson, Adrienne Vetter, and Meg Thompson. After the 2016 election, these artists joined the wave of Americans who felt compelled to take political action. They invited community members to use their studio as a hub to create materials and organize for the 2017 Women’s March. In the following months, they continued to offer their space as a launchpad for protest and political activities. They put on their own programming, as well, including a feminist Wikipedia edit-a-thon and workshops on topics ranging from legislative process to public lands to “self-care in the resistance.” Their activities received coverage from news outlets like VICE and the New York Times.

June Glasson, Adrienne Vetter have reconfigured their own art practices according to the dire political needs of the time, articulated a vision in which art and protest interact in a manner that makes both more powerful, and they have created space and opportunity for others to engage themselves in thoughtful and artful political actions.

Faculty

Danielle Cover
As the Faculty Director of the Civil Legal Services Clinic, Professor Cover endeavors to instruct all her students that engaging in the practice of law does not need to be in a vacuum that eliminates compassion… It is refreshing to witness the direction that Professor Cover gives when we discuss all potential clients from the indigent, disabled, veteran, LGBTQIA+, the previously convicted, or undocumented persons; all get equal consideration and respect in our Clinic space. The work also introduces students to the many intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality and how they influence a client’s ability to navigate the legal system. Through this grass-roots, bottom-up pedagogical approach, she is teaching the future lawyers of Wyoming that being a lawyer doesn’t mean that one has all the answers. Rather, when the lawyer engages the client from the place where they are, the lawyer then becomes a tool of empowerment to help the client achieve their goals.

Professor Cover dedicates herself every day to protecting vulnerable people, whether that is using their correct pronouns or helping them understand a child custody order. Her career choices, her volunteer time, every bit of what Professor Cover does is an effort to affect change. Her devotedness to making justice accessible to everyone is nothing short of super-heroic.

 

2017

  • Student:
    Elizabeth Lembo
  • Community Award
    Holly Gamroth
  • Faculty/Staff Award
    Rachel Watson
2016
  • Student:
    Jessica White
  • Community Member: 
    Aimee Van Cleave
  • Faculty or Staff Award:
    Kate Welsh

2015

  • Student
    Natawsha Mitchell
    Sean Christina Slagle
  • Community Member: 
    Nichole Bondurant

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Christi Boggs, Ed.D. and Michelle Jarman, Ph.D.

Email: ShepardSymposium@uwyo.edu

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