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January 18-30, 2015

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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.

Lester B. Granger ′18 Award for Lifetime Achievement

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.

2015 Award Winners

Lester B. Granger '18 Award for Lifetime Achievement

Richard Joseph, PhD '65
John Evans Professor of International History and Politics at Northwestern University


Richard Joseph is the John Evans Professor of International History and Politics at Northwestern University and a nonresident Senior Fellow in Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institute. A former fellow of The Carter Center in Atlanta, he has focused on comparative politics, political economy, and African governance and democracy. His past positions include: Lecturer, the University of Khartoum, Sudan, and the University of Ibadan, Nigeria; Professor, Dartmouth College and Emory University; Program Officer, the Ford Foundation, West Africa; Senior Research Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and the National Endowment for Democracy; and Visiting Scholar at Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, and the Chr. Michelsen Institute, Norway. 

He is the recipient of several distinguished awards including Fulbright, Rhodes, and Guggenheim fellowships. In his publications he has analyzed impediments in Africa to democracy and economic growth, the building of efficient public and private institutions, the reduction of systemic corruption and poverty, and the ending of violent conflicts. He was the founding editor of Africa Demos which monitored democratic transitions in Africa (1990-95), and was directly involved in Carter Center democracy and peace-building initiatives in Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Sudan, and Zambia. Throughout his professional career, he has combined academic scholarship, policy analysis and program action.

His recent essays, written in response to the Boko Haram insurgency and political uncertainty, are consistent with his contributions to policy analysis and program action concerning Nigeria over three decades ( His many publications include Democracy and Prebendal Politics in Nigeria, first published by Cambridge University Press in 1987 and re-issued in 2014. A longtime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Board Member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, he is currently exploring program initiatives on State, Governance, and Development, and Higher Education and Social Justice. 

Lifetime Achievement

Constance Clery
Founder of the Clery Center for Security on Campus


Constance (Connie) Benjamin Clery (Barnard College class of 1953), along with her husband Howard K. Clery, Jr. (Dartmouth College class of 1953), changed the face of campus safety at colleges and universities across the United States after the 1986 brutal on-campus rape and murder of their only daughter Jeanne at Lehigh University by a fellow student whom she did not know.

The Clerys discovered a history of violent campus crime about which students had not been warned and a long record of problems with propped open doors, the type Jeanne's killer had used to gain access to her residence hall room. After the killer was convicted of murder and a civil lawsuit against Lehigh was settled, the Clerys wanted to make sure that no other family had to endure a similar tragedy because they had been misled about the truth of campus crime. Connie, along with her husband Howard, co-founded the non-profit advocacy organization Security On Campus, Inc. (SOC) in 1987. They secured passage of campus crime reporting legislation first in their home state of Pennsylvania, then in a dozen other states.

In 1990 their work brought them to the federal level with passage of the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act that is now known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Actin memory of Jeanne. The Clerys’ leadership has led to the passage of a total of 28 state and six federal laws, including the Jeanne Clery Act, designed to improve campus safety. Connie was responsible for running SOC for its first 20 years and continues to serve as Chairwoman Emerita.

To this day, Security on Campus, Inc., now the Clery Center for Security on Campus remains the leading force for improved crime victim assistance and security at campuses across the country. The Clery Center continues to be actively involved in the legislative arena and works to ensure the Jeanne Clery Act is fully implemented. The Clery Center has partnered with the U.S. Department of Justice and colleges across the country to offer a comprehensive Clery Act Training program to teach schools how to comply with the specifics of the law. 

Ongoing Commitment Award

Frank Venegas Jr
Founder, Chairman and CEO of Ideal Group


Frank Venegas, Jr., a Mexican-American, is a graduate of the Tuck School’s Minority Business Executive Programs. Arising from the humblest of origins in the barrio, he has grown his business by determination, hard work, and ingenuity into a $250 million enterprise headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. 

An innovative business leader and entrepreneur, Frank has dedicated his career to making his six Ideal Group companies leading-edge performers in today’s global economy. In terms of business practice, they are exemplars of the teachings at Tuck. In terms of corporate social responsibility, they are focused on community service, particularly in creating access to education, stabilizing neighborhoods, and providing opportunities so that youth and their families may realize their talents and develop family sustaining jobs and satisfying careers.

Frank started his career as a floor sweeper in a Detroit area steel service center.  His keen sense of opportunities for business improvement got the attention of his supervisors, and he could have risen in the blue-collar ranks except for his achievement motivation—and a lucky break: in 1979 he won a Cadillac in a lottery and sold it to provide the startup capital he needed to found his first enterprise.  That business grew to become one of the largest Hispanic-owned enterprises in the country and while acquiring a lengthy list of business awards.

Frank’s basic value system came from his grandparents, who were the Padrino and Madrina of their low-income neighborhood, helping less fortunate folks wherever they could.  Mexican immigrants, they settled in Southwest Detroit in 1917; the grandfather was looking for the five dollar a day job advertised by Henry Ford at the Ford Rouge plant.  His grandfather retired from Ford forty-one years later. Over the years, their home was often the refuge for a distressed family or teenager. Frank was born in Southwest Detroit near his grandparents’ home.

Frank took it upon himself to engage corporations, area non-profits, government and educational institutions to build a collaborative model resulting in a community socioeconomic transformation of more jobs, increased high school and college graduation rates, satisfying career paths, local wealth, and Southwest Detroit neighborhood pride.

What has happened in Southwest Detroit highlights the Venegas family mantra, “Take care of your community and your community will take care of you.”  Many now call Frank Venegas the Padrino of Southwest Detroit.  His grandparents’ legacy continues. 

Dr. Martin Luther King once said, Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" For Frank Venegas, this is a Call to Action!  By answering Dr. King’s question, it is possible for ordinary men and women to accomplish extraordinary things for their communities. 

Holly Fell Sateia Award

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.

Holly Fell Sateia Award

Gabrielle Lucke
Vermont State Representative


Gabrielle works as a Senior Training and Development Consultant with the Office of Human Resources at Dartmouth College. She has her Bachelors Degree in social sciences from St. Mary's College of Maryland and her Masters Degree in counseling from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. She has also completed her doctoral course work in health education at the University of Maryland College Park and is a certified early childhood educator. In the Spring 2013, she received a diversity management certificate from Cornell University's Industrial Labor Relations School. Her professional life reflects her commitment to education, particularly higher education.

For close to 30 years, Gabrielle has served colleges and universities in many roles, including administrator, faculty member, health educator and counselor. She has frequently served as a contracted grant reviewer with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools. Each summer Gabrielle serves as lead faculty with the LeaderShape Institute. She is also a 2013 and 2014 recipient of SLTP's (Student Leadership Training Program) Champion for Youth Award. In the fall of 2014, Gabrielle was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives, sitting on the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs.

Gabrielle and her family live in Hartford, Vermont, where she has served on Board of Education and currently is on the Board of Directors for Second Growth, a local nonprofit serving the youth of the Upper Valley

Student Organization



Dartmouth Co-FIRED is dedicated to the advancement of human rights, equal legal and social treatment of undocumented immigrants both at Dartmouth’s campus and nation-wide. Since ifs formation in the fall of 2013, Co-Fired has organized programming on campus to increase awareness and dialogue around the topic of immigration reform.

Their work includes immigration reform, advocacy & education and collaboration with multiple academic departments and offices on campus to increase the quality of services for undocumented Dartmouth students. Their partnership with the Office of Visa and Immigration Services aims to help more students fill out the DACA paperwork with legal help form immigration lawyers through a DACA day.

Their work with the Financial Aid office has increased the understanding of the unique needs of undocumented students. One of their major campaigns is organizing an initiative with the Baker Berry Library Staff to get the Library of Congress to change the subject heading from “illegal aliens” to “undocumented immigrants” in conjunction to their campus-wide, “Drop the I-word” campaign. The campaign focused on spreading awareness of the various issues that come from the socially constructed views on people labeled as “illegal aliens.”

Sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity, Tucker Foundation, and Geisel School of Medicine.


Individual Awards

Dartmouth Student Organization Award

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