Gender Justice Awards

Gender Justice is the active promotion of equal, just, and dignified treatment of individuals regardless of sex, gender, or sexualities, and the remedying of inequalities on these bases.

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The award may be granted to USF students, staff, faculty, or alumni who have demonstrated ongoing and creative commitment to the promotion of gender justice. Current members of PACSW are not eligible for the award.

Nomination Qualifications

The award may be granted to USF students, staff, faculty, or alumni who have demonstrated ongoing and creative commitment to the promotion of gender justice. Current members of PACSW are not eligible for the award.

Nominations will be accepted from any member of the USF community: student, staff, faculty or alumni. Applicants may self-nominate.

Nominations must be submitted by Monday, February 25, 2013.

Nominations should come in the form of a 1-2 page letter, which must include the following information:
•Nominee’s Name, Major, Year of Graduation, Job Title, or other Affiliation with USF, including current contact information
•An explanation of the Nominee’s work related to Gender Justice, including concrete examples to illustrate the nominee’s ongoing commitment to gender justice issues
•Name and Contact Information of the individual nominating, if not self nominating

Nominations may include a Resume or Curriculum Vitae as well as the letter if desired.

Applications should be submitted in print or as an electronic file to:
Angela Fleekop
University of San Francisco
McCarthy Center for Public Service
2130 Fulton Street- Masonic Building
San Francisco, CA 94117
amfleekop@usfca.edu

Award Information

Awards will be presented at a reception celebrating the 12th annual Global Women’s Rights Forum, Tuesday evening, March 5, 2013. A brief ceremony will be held in Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room on March 5, 5pm to recognize the newest Gender Justice Award recipients and the 12h Annual Global Women's Rights Forum.

PACSW is still determining the award for the selected candidate.

Past Gender Justice Award Information

2nd Annual- 2012 PACSW Gender Justice Awards
Sam Bruguera (Student recipient)
Sarah Burgess (Faculty recipient)
Lenli Corbett (Staff recipient)
Gena Marie Castro Rodriguez (Alumni recipient)

Each one of these individuals has made an outstanding contribution towards gender justice and equity/ equality issues on and off-campus. We are proud to award and recognize those who are committed to this great feat.

1st Annual- 2011 PACSW Announces Recipients of Inaugural Gender Justice Awards
03-08-2011
The members of the President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (PACSW) announce with great delight and pride the recipients of USF’s first annual Gender Justice Awards. Recipients are recognized for their exceptional commitment to the promotion of gender justice at University of San Francisco or in the larger city, national, or global community. Gender Justice is the active promotion of equal, just, and dignified treatment of individuals regardless of sex, gender, or sexualities, and the remedying of inequalities on these bases.

The founding members of Students Taking Action Against Sexual Violence (STAASV, now known as Communities Against Sexual Assault or CASA), are recognized for raising awareness of sexual assault and prevention and for their role in the founding of the USF Gender, Sexualities & Women’s Resource Center. Founding members and key organizers of STAASV were the following USF alumni: Erika Carlsen, Politics ’09; Erin-Kate Escobar, Politics ’09; Maggie Mullen, Sociology ’09; Jennifer L. Reed, Performing Arts and Social Justice ’10; Samantha Sheppard-Gonzalez, Performing Arts and Social Justice ’10; Jamie Trinh, Nursing ’10; and Veronica Vasquez, Sociology ’10.

The Equitable Benefits Subcommittee of USF Pride and their allies are recognized for their work to obtain domestic partnership benefits for USF faculty and staff, resulting in USF becoming one of the first Jesuit institutions to offer domestic partner benefits to employees, and paving the way for other Catholic institutions. By request of the LGBTQ Caucus, USF Budget Director Michael Harrington, an early leader in the subcommittee, will represent the group in receiving this honor.

In the spirit of USF’s mission, these honorees truly were leaders who fashioned a more humane and just world – here at USF. Several other individuals who have devoted themselves to establishing gender justice, at USF and beyond, were nominated for the awards this year. We sincerely thank all the nominees and those who nominated candidates. We are truly honored to work with a community of individuals and groups who so energetically demonstrate their commitment to equality. Written by Deborah Benrubi- PACSW Chair (AY 2010/1011)

2013 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2013 Gender Justice Awards:

- Lucas Waldron (Student recipient)- Lucas spent the Summer of 2012 in Bolivia with the Institute of Human Deveoplemnt (Sarlo Scholars program through the McCarthy Center) where he worked closely with the transsexual women struggling with soaring rates of HIV and constant exposure to sexual violence. Lucas created a spanish language documentary that focuses on these women and the struggles of transsexuals in Bolivia and their fight for justice. called The Identity of Justice Lucas is also a blogger for the Huffington Post in the Gay Voices section.

- Julie Nice (Faculty recipient)- Nearly all of her scholarly work reflects her commitment to justifying constitutional protection or gender expression in its myriad forms, including nondiscrimination based on gender, race, sexual expression, and class. Over these thirty years, gender justice has been an enduring theme in her work. Julie has written several scholarly articles on gender justice and equality topics. Since arriving at USF, she has published two articles related directly to the rights of LGBT individuals—“How Equality Constitutes Liberty” and “The Descent of Responsible Procreation.” She continues to regularly produce scholarship seeking to justify constitutional protections for impoverished individuals who typically suffer multiple disadvantages on the basis of their gender, race and/or sexuality.

- Dr. Molly Zook (Staff recipient)- Molly's contributions are numerous and highlight: consistent advocacy for LGBTQ students, staff and faculty, developed and facilitates a CAPS LGBTQ support group for students for 6+ years at USF, created the USF Allies program, selected by LGBTQ staff of the year, provides ongoing training for community members and co-chairs an expansion committee which enhanced training to address identity development, the cycle of oppression, cultural competence and allied behaviors for students of privilege to name a few.

Awards were presented at a reception celebrating the 12th annual Global Women’s Rights Forum, Tuesday evening, March 5, 2013. A brief ceremony will be held in Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room on March 5, 5:00pm to recognize the newest Gender Justice Award recipients and a powerful event focusing on the development of women for business and development opportunities of the 12th Annual Global Women's Rights Forum.