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Social Justice Awards 2003

Posted 01/06/03

The Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Awards honor members of the Dartmouth community who have demonstrated their compassion, perseverance, courage and leadership by engaging in the difficult work of fostering human dignity and our common humanity through their projects, programs and visions. Those eligible for the awards include alumni/ae of Dartmouth, Dartmouth Medical School, the Thayer School of Engineering and the Tuck School of Business as well as current and former Dartmouth faculty, administrators and staff who have contributed significantly to peace, civil rights, education, public health, environmental justice or social justice.

Kathleen Allden

Kathleen Allden is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School and Lecturer in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She also is the Medical Director of the International Survivors Center in Boston, a program that offers mental health, legal and social services to refugees, asylum seekers and victims of torture and human rights abuses. Allden works with the International Rescue Committee to develop training initiatives in international mental health and psychosocial humanitarian assistance for refugee and war-affected communities in Africa, Asia and elsewhere. Her expertise involves cross-cultural psychiatric assessment and mental health care of highly traumatized refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of war, mass violence, torture and other forms of extreme human-rights abuse. Allden has worked in refugee camps and makeshift hospitals, evaluating and treating hundreds of victims of torture and mass violence. Since 2000, she has been involved with the Burma Border Projects, a nongovernmental organization serving Burmese refugees in Thailand, in developing a mental-health training program at the Mae Tao Clinic. In 2001, Allden was invited by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees both to serve as a U.S. Delegate to the Stockholm International Conference on Resettlement and Integration of Refugees and to present the conference's plenary session lecture on the special needs of highly traumatized refugees. From 1993 to 1999, Allden was Director of the Indochinese Psychiatry Clinic at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where she supervised the treatment of refugees from Southeast Asia. Her human rights work includes expert testimony in U.S. immigration court for individuals seeking political asylum. Allden is a principal editor of the United Nations document, "Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment," known as the Istanbul Protocol. Allden has lectured nationally and internationally and has published extensively on these topics.

James Nachtwey '70

James Nachtwey is one of the most widely published photographers in the world. He has photographed the brutality of conflict in Chechnya, Lebanon, Bosnia and Herzegovina; famine in Somalia; child refugees in Romania; and genocide in Rwanda and Zaire. Nachtwey, who was at his residence in lower Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001, documented the scene as the World Trade Center towers fell, work for which he received a Special Robert Capa Gold Medal. His work has appeared in Time and Life magazines, National Geographic, The New Yorker and Paris Match, among others. He has published two books of photography, Deeds of War in 1989 and Inferno in 2000. Nachtwey was the focus of the recent film War Photographer, which received an Academy Award nomination for best feature documentary. His work has been the subject of museum exhibitions in Rome, Madrid, New York, Tokyo, Amsterdam and Prague. Nachtwey is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Henry Luce Award in 2002, the Robert Capa Gold Medal an unprecedented five times and Magazine Photographer of the Year seven times.

Allen I. Bildner '47, Tuck '48, Parent '75

Allen and Joan Bildner have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to developing programs that further justice, equality and diversity at a variety of institutions. At Rutgers University, the Bildners founded the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life. At Dartmouth, they created the Bildner Endowment for Human and Intergroup Relations. The Bildner Endowment has been instrumental to Dartmouth's development of programming, initiatives and outreach supporting diversity and pluralism. Their support of students, faculty and various campus projects has helped many in the Dartmouth community become collaborators and initiators of inter-group work. The Bildners have worked tirelessly with various campus departments including the Provost's Office, Dean of the College Office, Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, and Dean of the Faculty Office. They created the Bildner Urban Summer Program, a Tucker Foundation internship that provides Dartmouth students with first-hand public service opportunities at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newark (N.J.). This program has touched more than 1,000 children in the greater Newark area, while exposing Dartmouth students to the serious issues confronting today's urban youth. In July 2002 the Bildner Family Foundation established the Campus Diversity Initiative in New Jersey. Eight participating colleges in New Jersey will use the Bildner endowment to fund new courses, research, faculty training and programs focused on reducing prejudice and increasing understanding of the growing number of minorities on college campuses.

In addition to their work with higher education, the Bildners have contributed time and support to organizations including Food Industry Crusade Against Hunger; Crohn's & Colitis Foundation; Prevent Blindness New Jersey; Jewish Community Foundation; New Jersey Israel Commission; Boys and Girls Clubs of Newark; and several performing arts organizations.

In 1995, Pres. Bill Clinton appointed Allen Bildner to the National Conference of Christians and Jews and the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. In 2000 the Bildners were honored by the Boys and Girls Club of Newark with the Brightest Star Award, and in 2002 they were awarded honorary doctorate degrees at the 129th commencement at Bloomfield College in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Joan Bildner is a member of the Board of Governors, Trustees and Overseers of Rutgers University.

Kimberley Porteus '88

Since her graduation from Dartmouth, Kimberley Porteus has lived primarily in South Africa, working in the fields of education and health policy, and assisting liberation and democratic grass-roots organizations. In the late 1980s, she served as Director of the Southern African Technical Training Program, which provided adult technical training for exiled Southern African liberation movements. She then spent several years with the Congress of South African Trade Unions metric project, which developed adult education modules and helped establish organizational systems and training in the runup to the 1994 South African election. From 1996 to 1999, Porteus was a researcher at the Centre for Health Policy, University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Her work focused on marginalized children, as well as mental-health-care policy. She joined the Wits Education Policy Unit in 2000. Her principal area of focus is the interface between poverty, education and violence. Porteus is currently the principal researcher on the Values in Education project commissioned by the National Department of Education. In 2000 she co-authored a series of guidebooks on alternatives to corporal punishment.

Mattie Richardson '91

Mattie Richardson describes herself as "a writer and activist [who] is dedicated to fighting racism, homophobia, sexism and U.S. imperialism all over the world." While at Dartmouth in the late 1980s and early 1990s, she helped establish campus-wide alliances to address a variety of issues, including Native American sovereignty, sexual assault, homophobia and heterosexism on campus and beyond, and opposition to South Africa's apartheid government. After leaving Dartmouth, Richardson worked as an intern at New Victoria Press, an independent lesbian publishing house. She then became Associate Publisher at Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, the only publishing company in the United States run by and dedicated to publishing the writings of women of color. Richardson also has written several articles on topics of race, gender and sexuality, many of which have appeared in journals and magazines nationwide. Currently Richardson is pursuing a doctorate in African Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She also works in the University of California's Office of the President on a program designed to increase literacy in California's most disadvantaged public high schools. She continues to devote much of her energy to issues of social change. Recently she fought to defeat California's propositions 21 and 22, bills that she characterizes as anti-youth and anti-gay.

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