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“Moving It Forward” Social Justice Awards

Call for Nominations

The University of Utah College of Social Work — with the ASUU student group, Voices of Diversity (VOD) — invites the community to submit nominations for the first annual Moving It Forward Social Justice Awards. These awards recognize the work of those who are dedicated to the goal of social and economic justice.

The College of Social Work, along with the Suazo family, recognizes that change comes to everything. As such, we will be moving forward with the Pete Suazo Social Justice Awards under a new name. The College of Social Work will to continue to recognize individuals and organizations who work to advance social justice advocacy and action—the individuals and organizations who keep “Moving it Forward.”

Nominees can be individuals, programs, agencies, organizations, or community leaders (public or private) who have shown initiative and leadership in furthering the cause of social and economic justice for all in the following categories: Community Organization Advocacy through Education; Individual Advocacy through Education; Community Organization Leadership and Advocacy; Individual Leadership and Advocacy; and Lifetime Achievement. Examples include, but are not limited to: developing cultural competency training programs, providing culturally sensitive and appropriate services, being instrumental in effecting policy change, or serving as an advocate for underrepresented and/or disenfranchised individuals/groups.

We will be presenting two awards: 1) one individual award, and 2) one organization award.

Completed nominations must be received by Friday, February 26, 2016, midnight. The Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday, April 8, 2016, at the College of Social Work – details will be sent at a later date.

“Compassion, social justice, and fairness are not lost ideals but practical guideposts.”

Sim Gill, Salt Lake County District Attorney
2012 Pete Suazo Social Justice Award Recipient
October 2012

Nomination Letter

In addition to this completed form, the nominator should submit a nomination letter that details why the nominee is deserving of a Moving It Forward Social Justice Award. The nomination letter should include as much of the following information as possible:

  • Reasons why the nominee deserves this award
  • Reasons why the nominee serves as a role model and/or advocate for social and economic justice for underrepresented and/or disenfranchised individuals/groups
  • Specific activities that demonstrate advocacy for social and economic justice
  • Types of community service and the number of years of participation
  • Program and/or training development
  • Innovative and effective policy change and/or implementation
  • Outstanding service provision
  • Community organization and advocacy activities

Letters of Support are encouraged

Letters of support can be submitted along with the nomination materials (preferred), or can be sent directly to the College of Social Work to irene.ota@socwk.utah.edu.

Nomination Submission

Completed nomination materials (nomination form, nomination letter, and letters of support) should be submitted to the University of Utah College of Social Work by February 26, 2016, via:

Email: irene.ota@socwk.utah.edu
Fax: 801-581-8455
Mail:

University of Utah College of Social Work
Attn: Irene M. Ota
Moving It Forward Social Justice Awards
395 South 1500 East, Rm. 228
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

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