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Four to receive social justice awards

Awardees, all alumni, include diplomat, physician

Published January 12, 2004; Category: ADMINISTRATION

Four alumni will receive the College's annual Social Justice Awards at a ceremony scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, in the Hood Museum's Loew Auditorium. This year's honorees are Jonathan Moore '54, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; civil rights activist and lawyer Juan Cartagena '78; nationally recognized educator Douglas Tyson '81; and public health advocate and physician Joyce Sackey-Acheampong '85, DMS '89. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a reception in the Kim Gallery.The Social Justice Awards are presented each January as part of the College's celebration of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., according to Ozzie Harris, President Wright's Special Assistant for Institutional Diversity and Equity.

"This is a special event because it is one of a few times that we honor alums and friends of Dartmouth for being generous and providing leadership to the greater community. It is really a privilege to recognize the work of some fantastic people who just happen to be connected to the College," said Harris, who chairs the committee that plans the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. Honorees are nominated by classmates, former students, family members and others who are aware of their work. The recipients are selected by the MLK celebration committee.

Jonathan Moore '54
Jonathan Moore '54

Moore will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for more than four decades of work in humanitarian relief, development and education. In addition to serving as an ambassador to the U.N., he was a representative to the organization's Economic and Social Council. Among his accomplishments are serving as chief negotiator on the first unanimous General Assembly resolution against apartheid in South Africa; helping initiate the creation of a Department of Humanitarian Assistance in the U.N. Secretariat; and leading the U.S. mission to the U.N. on preparations for the 1992 Rio Conference on Environment and Development. He is now Senior Advisor to the U.N. Development Program and serves on the Board of Visitors for the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding here at Dartmouth.

Juan Cartagena '78
Juan Cartagena '78

Cartagena, General Counsel for New York City's Community Service Society, will receive an Ongoing Commitment Award at the ceremony. Since the 1980s, Cartagena has represented Latino-American and African-American communities in voting rights litigation across the United States. He is now assisting African-American voters in Virginia who oppose the state's prohibition against the use of adjusted census counts for the redrawing of state legislative lines. In 2003, he was a member of the Veterans Peace Delegation to Vieques, celebrating the end of 62 years of U.S. Navy bombing on the Puerto Rican island. He also is founder and former director of Segunda Quimbamba Folkloric Center Inc., a nonprofit organization committed to the preservation of music and dance traditions reflecting Puerto Rico's African heritage.

Douglas Tyson '81
Douglas Tyson '81

Tyson '81 will also be recognized with an Ongoing Commitment Award. He is the principal of Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School in Washington, D.C. He has been teaching since 1989, when he was a newly hired science teacher at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C. Since then, his willingness to initiate academic programs at under-resourced schools and to spend his own time helping his students succeed has earned him the respect of his colleagues and students. He has won national education awards and fellowships from Tandy, GTE, Sallie Mae, the Ray Kroc Foundation, the Fulbright Memorial Fund, the Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health, among others.

Joyce Sackey-Acheampong '85, DMS '89
Joyce Sackey-Acheampong '85, DMS '89

The Emerging Leadership Award will be presented to Joyce Sackey-Acheampong '85, DMS '89. Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, she also is cofounder of the Foundation for African Relief (FAR), a nonprofit organization that provides education, health care and relief assistance to communities in Africa. She recently designed a clinical fellowship for doctors wishing to develop skills in caring for people with HIV/AIDS in resource-poor settings. She also is an Associate in Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a Rabkin Senior Fellow in medical education at the Carl Shapiro Institute for Education and Research.

For more information about the Social Justice Awards, contact Connie Bellavance at 646-3197.

By TAMARA STEINERT

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