The Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Awards honor members of the Dartmouth and Upper Valley community who have contributed significantly to social justice, peace, civil rights, education, public health, or environmental justice. Those eligible for the awards include Dartmouth, Geisel, Thayer, Tuck, and A&S students, graduate students, alumni, faculty, employees, and friends who have contributed significantly to peace, civil rights, education, public health, environmental justice or social justice. A separate category honors student and graduate student groups. This event is sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Institutional Diversity & Equity, Tucker Foundation, and Geisel School of Medicine.
The annual Lester B. Granger ′18 Award honors Dartmouth alumni/ae who have exhibited leadership and innovation while meeting community needs and benefiting an underserved population.
The late Lester Granger was one of three brothers who attended Dartmouth. His career included working as a teacher, coach, social worker and youth counselor, though he was best known for serving as the Executive Director of the Urban League for 20 years. A veteran of World War I, Granger was asked by President Roosevelt to be the Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Navy on Negro Personnel, and was nationally known for his leadership in eliminating racism and his attention to issues of poverty.
In 1947, Granger received the Navy′s Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, and also was awarded the President′s Medal for Merit from President Harry S. Truman. He became the first African-American to be nominated as President of the National Conference of Social Work in 1951, and in 1961 he was elected in Rome as the President of the International Conference of Social Work. In retirement, Granger taught at the college level as well as serving as a trustee for several colleges and nonprofit organizations. He remained an enthusiastic member of his Dartmouth class and actively participated in alumni activities and received an honorary degree from Dartmouth in 1946.
Graduating summa cum laude with a degree in Biochemistry from Dartmouth College in 1981. Dr. Cetron has a distinguished career as a physician and public health professional, and he has executed field assignments that span the globe: India, Nepal, Brazil, Malawi, and Kenya are among the places Dr. Cetron has worked to advocate on behalf of refugees and combat foreign and domestic health disparities. He attended Tufts Medical School in Boston from 1981 to 1985 and worked to treat and enhance the early diagnosis of leprosy in Vellore, India. Martin Cetron is currently the Director for the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention. For over twenty years, he has conducted epidemiologic research globally, developed global health policy, and has lead domestic and international outbreak investigations. "He is an internationally recognized thought leader in global health, whose public policy work, advocacy and practical evidence based interventions have reduced health disparities for communities of color and improved the health of thousands of individuals around the world. He embodies the highest commitment to global public health and, most of all, compassion as outlined in this MLK Lifetime Award.
Graduate of the Dartmouth College Tuck School of business, Andy Wells has been described as a Renaissance man, an inventor, educator, and job creator. In 1989, Andy started Wells Technology and has grown it into a multimillion-dollar business. Before that, he led a successful career in industrial technology and has taught at Bemidji state University for over 17 years. "In the late 1980's, Andy took a leave of absence from the University to serve as a consultant to various electronic companies including Magnetic Peripherals, Inc. and Control Data Corporation. He has over a hundred inventions, of which about a dozen are patented. Wanting to advocate for youth in his community, the Red Lake Indian Tribe, Andy used his skills to create jobs: "Whenever I drove through our reservation community I would see young people out of work. I knew that these were good people who could be successful if they had job training, life skills, and opportunity." The primary focus of Wells Technology is to please customers and give back to the community. In 2005, Andy created Wells Academy, an apprentice training program, to help train disadvantaged Native Americans and give them valuable work and life skills. "One goal of the academy is to create an environment where the students can see themselves as part of the manufacturing and industrial world, rather than outside of it." Andy has always enjoyed farming, teaching, manufacturing, sales, and helping those most in need with job training and life skills. His work as an inventor, educator, and job creator has exemplified the ideals that Martin Luther King inspired.
As a student at Dartmouth College, Kirsten interned at Republican U.S. Senator Alfonse D'Amato's Albany Office. She graduated magna cum laude in 1988 and went on to graduate from UCLA's law school and pass the bar in 1991. Fifteen years later, Kirsten Gillibrand was then elected to the US House of Representatives. Gillibrand has served on the following committees: Committee on Agriculture, (serving as chair for the subcommittee on livestock, dairy, and poultry) the Committee on Armed Services; Committee on Environment and Public Works; the Committee on Foreign Relations, and the Committee on Aging. She became "Senator Gillibrand" in 2008 after being appointed to the US Senate seat vacated after Hillary Clinton's ascension to Secretary of State. She was required to run in a special election in 2010, which she won with 63% of the vote, and was re-elected to a full six-year term in 2012 with 72% of the vote, the highest margin for any statewide candidate in the state. During her first 18 months in the US Senate she was an important part of the successful legislative campaign to repeal the Military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Additionally, she proposed legislation that would remove sexual assault cases from the military chain of command in 2013. Her work in this area has been fierce in support of victims. Senator Gillibrand also became the first New York representative to support same-sex marriage following her appointment to the Senate. Senator Gillibrand's ongoing leadership, commitment and service to her country, has made her most deserving of this award.
During her final year at Dartmouth College, Lia Carnie Monahon's call to social justice was confirmed by her reception of the Hannah Croasdale Award, which is bestowed upon a senior who makes the most significant contribution to the lives of Dartmouth women. Lia interned at the Women's Resource Center from 1994-2004, and spent her time building a more safe and respectable college community in addition to fostering and fortifying connections amongst the campus' diverse populations. She graduated from Dartmouth in 1998, and went on to graduate with honors from the Northwestern University School of Law in 2004. Lia has served as a legal assistant at several firms including the New York Legal Aid Society's Special Litigation Unit. Through the Prisoner's Right's Project Lia fought to uphold the rights of prisoners' and also combatted the sentencing of juveniles to life without parole. Lia elaborates on this in her published policy report entitled, "Until They Die A Natural Death: Youth Sentenced To Life Without Parole In Massachusetts." She has also served on the advisory committee of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth. Through her career as an attorney, Lia Carnie Monahon is clearly emerging as a leader of social justice.
The Holly Fell Sateia Award was established by President Jim Yong Kim and then-Provost Carol Folt in 2011 to honor the legacy of Holly Fell Sateia MALS'82, Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity, Emerita, and to recognize diversity as a vibrant part of Dartmouth's mission. This award recognizes a faculty or staff member at Dartmouth who is an enthusiastic and effective leader in advancing diversity and community.
All faculty and staff at Dartmouth are eligible for this award. Nominees should demonstrate an enduring interest in and ability to build and enhance diversity, through sustained effort and work, enriching the lives of surrounding community members. This enrichment helps foster a safe environment in which a community can learn, collaborate, and innovate.
Christine Crabb '90, a freelance editor and former Assistant Director of Conferences and Events, provided significant service behind the scenes in support of inclusivity, diversity, and civil and human rights throughout her years at Dartmouth. Christine is one of the many employees whose individual and collective efforts help the College to thrive but who may not be as visible or recognized for their contributions and work as are more public faces. One example of Christine's contributions is her sixteen years of service on Dartmouth's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration planning committee, focusing on program development, event management, and logistics. Among other activities, Christine successfully fought to maintain adequate funding for events that center themselves on the dreams and visions of Martin Luther King Jr. as the celebration grew over the years. Her dedication to King's principles has helped transform these and other College events into more inclusive community experiences. For her years of commitment and contributions to many of Dartmouth's observances, whether honoring Dr. King's legacy, celebrating academic achievement through Commencement, or honoring Dartmouth employees during the annual Service Awards ceremony, her accomplishments have helped make the "Dartmouth Experience" that much more engaging for many people.
Last Updated: 5/2/14