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Six to receive Social Justice Awards

The College will honor those who have made significant contributions to the fields of civil rights, education, environmental justice, public service and public health in its annual Social Justice Awards ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 5 p.m. Now in its fourth year, the program is a feature of Dartmouth's celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Social Justice Awards are given in four categories: Emerging Leadership, Ongoing Commitment, Lifetime Achievement and Lester Granger '18 awards, named in honor of Granger, who dedicated his life to education, racial equality and public service. The ceremony will take place in Alumni Hall, Hopkins Center, and there will be a reception following the program at the Top of the Hop.

This year's recipients are Thomas Clark '92, DMS '01, Jennifer Rottmann '02, Jeffrey Swartz TU '84, William Sloane Coffin Jr., Trudell Guerue Jr. '74 and David K. Shipler '64.

Emerging Leadership
Thomas Clark '92

Thomas Clark '92, DMS '01

Currently a research fellow for the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California at San Francisco and a former professional soccer player, Thomas Clark recently completed his pediatric residency at the University of New Mexico. He has combined his talents in athletics, health service and community leadership to reach out to thousands of children in the United States and Africa. Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Grassroots Soccer (GRS), an international  AIDS-awareness organization that trains professional soccer players to be AIDS educators, Clark believes that HIV/AIDS education through athletics is an effective way to prevent the spread of the disease for thousands of children.

Through a Gates Foundation grant in 2003, Clark conducted a pilot program for GRS in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The program, which uses innovative and culturally appropriate methods for HIV/AIDS education and prevention, has touched the lives of many African children and become a model for other organizations. One associated initiative, a school-based, nationwide educational and fundraising campaign titled "KickAIDS," encourages children to get involved in community service.

Clark was the 2003 recipient of the Annie Dyson Child Advocacy Award for outstanding community service from the American Academy of Pediatrics. He was twice named Resident Teacher of the Year at the University of New Mexico, in 2002 and 2004 and, while at Dartmouth, received the Timothy Wright Ellis Award, given to a captain of a men's varsity team who has done the most for the community.

Jennifer Rottman

Jennifer Rottmann '02

Jennifer Rottmann has been committed to fighting hunger and homelessness through work in policy research, writing, organizing and event planning. At Dartmouth, she was Chairperson of the College's chapter of Habitat for Humanity and worked with the Dartmouth Partners in Community Service (DPCS) program at the Tucker Foundation.

She served as an administrative intern for the College's Nancy Boehm Coster Public Policy Program, created by Fran and Robert Boehm '35 in honor of their daughter, Nancy, to support students interested in exploring public policy issues through internships. Rottmann also participated in The Century Foundation's Century Institute, a seminar on progressive tradition in U.S. Public Policy. In 2000, she accepted an internship at the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) in Washington, D.C., where she worked on civil rights, public policy and public education.

At the NCH, Rottmann won the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship for 2002, a selective professional development program that trains anti-poverty leaders at grassroots and national policy levels. She was trained in organizing, event planning, policy briefs, communications, meeting facilitation and conflict resolution.

She then went to Boise, Idaho, to work in the Idaho Community Action Network (ICAN) where she organized community-based outreach support programs to Hispanic/Latino constituencies. To help address problems of hunger and food insecurity in the state caused by unemployment, lack of living-wage jobs and rising healthcare costs, she conducted policy research on the Food Stamp Program.

Rottmann continues to make significant contributions to local and national efforts in promoting social justice through her work at the Center for Community Change (CCC) in Washington, D.C. For the 2004 Presidential election, she spearheaded an effort that registered thousands of new voters in low-income and minority communities. She has become a mentor in the DPCS program at Dartmouth, currently advising a senior who is an intern at the NCH.

Ongoing Commitment
Jeffrey Swartz TU '84

Jeffrey Swartz TU '84

Jeffrey Swartz believes that "doing well" in business and "doing good" in the community are inextricably linked. He has set high standards for socially responsible business practices and community service within his own organization. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of Timberland, which engineers and markets footwear, apparel and accessories. The company has grown rapidly under his leadership and is consistently ranked as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America, by Fortune magazine. In 2002, Timberland received the Ron Brown Award, a Presidential honor recognizing outstanding corporate leadership and social responsibility.

Swartz's commitment to service began in 1988, when he initiated a landmark private/public partnership with City Year, a national youth service organization. He serves as member of City Year's Board and was its National Chair from 1994 to 2003. Timberland is City Year's official outfitter, providing boots and uniforms to community service workers at 14 sites in the United States and South Africa.

Swartz created the Social Enterprise Department at Timberland, which includes the Path of Service program for employees. Through this initiative, Timberland employees receive 40 hours paid leave each year for community service. Since its creation, workers have logged over 250,000 hours of volunteer service in communities worldwide. Most recently, the Path of Service program has developed service sabbaticals, which provide employees up to six months paid leave to serve in social justice organizations.

Swartz has also led several companywide service events, which motivate and inspire thousands of Timberland employees, community partners and consumers around the world to participate in large-scale community service projects. In New Hampshire, nearly 1,000 volunteers have worked with the Humane Society and Meals on Wheels to improve schools, camps, ball fields and playgrounds. Swartz's initiatives have also contributed several thousand hours of volunteer service in Japan, Italy, England and Germany.

Swartz serves on the Boards of Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Institute, Share Our Strength, Harlem Children's Zone and Honest Tea. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum and the Two/Ten Foundation, an organization that provides charitable funds and services to individuals in the footwear industry. He is the recipient of the 2002 Two/Ten Foundation's T. Kenyon Holly Memorial Award for Humanitarian Achievement, and is one of the 19 founding CEOs selected for President Bush's task force, Business Strengthening America. He graduated from Brown University in 1982 and received a master's degree in business administration degree from the Tuck School in 1984.

Lifetime Achievement
William Sloane Coffin Jr.

William Sloane Coffin Jr.

At Dartmouth as a Montgomery Fellow in 1997, William Sloane Coffin Jr. is one of the nation's most outspoken activists for civil rights and peace. He was University Chaplain at Yale from 1958 to 1975, where he emerged as a prominent public figure. He was appointed to President Kennedy's Advisory Committee on the Peace Corps and established its training program, was involved in international relief work through Operation Crossroads Africa, and became a "Freedom Rider," protesting segregation laws in the South. Coffin was arrested many times in connection with his activism against racial segregation. He was a coordinating force behind the work of activists in the North and served as a member of the Connecticut Advisory Board of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

In 1965 he helped to establish Americans for Re-appraisal of Far Eastern Policy, a group advocating admission of China into the United Nations and he was a visible and frequent protester against the Vietnam War. In 1967 at a rally in Boston, Coffin collected over 1,000 cards from draft resisters, went on to collect them throughout the country and delivered them to officials at the Justice Department. Together with Benjamin Spock and others, he was indicted for this action and convicted on charges of conspiracy to aid draft resisters. The conviction was overturned on appeal. Coffin continued protesting the Vietnam War and became an outspoken advocate for granting amnesty to draft resisters.

After leaving his post at Yale in 1975, he became Senior Minister of Riverside Church in New York City, where he pursued advocacy across a broad spectrum of social justice endeavors. He became known for his efforts on behalf of the homeless, his continuing call for disarmament and his work against poverty and hunger.

Coffin was President of SANE/FREEZE, which later became Peace Action. Now the organization's President Emeritus and a resident of Strafford,Vt., he continues to speak and write on issues of social justice. His books include Once to Every Man: An Autobiography; The Courage to Love, Living the Truth in a World of Illusions; A Passion for the Possible; The Heart is a Little to the Left; and Credo.

Coffin is a graduate of the Yale University Divinity School and served as chaplain at Phillips Andover Academy and Williams College in addition to his posts at Yale and Riverside Church. In his honor, Yale University recently announced the William Sloane Coffin Scholarship for Peace and Justice through its Divinity School. Union Theological Seminary presented him with the Union gold medal of honor and established a scholarship in his name. Coffin is also the recipient of the Claude Moore Fuess Award from Phillips Academy Andover and numerous other awards and honors. Yale University Press has issued a biography, William Sloane Coffin Jr.: A Holy Impatience (Goldstein).

Lester Granger '18 award
Trudell Guerue Jr. '74

Trudell Guerue Jr. '74

A dedicated advocate for equal justice under the law, Trudell Guerue Jr. has been called by colleagues a "guiding light." An attorney in Minnesota and a member of the Sicangu Lakota, Burnt Thigh Sioux, Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota, Guerue is responsible for the legal representation of clients at the Legal Rights Center (LRC), a nonprofit, poverty and criminal defense law firm in Hennepin County, Minn. The LRC supports and represents low-income people and people of color who have legal problems associated with juvenile justice, criminal justice and child welfare systems. Through a variety of programs, the LRC helps build stronger communities by reducing the number of individuals who enter or return to the criminal and juvenile justice systems.

Guerue received his Jurus Doctor degree in 1987 from University of Notre Dame Law School. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Northern Plains Tribal Court Judges Association in South Dakota and the National American Indian Court Judges Association in Washington, D.C. From 1980 to 1984, he served as Associate Judge and then Chief Judge for the South Dakota Intertribal Court of Appeals, and was Chief Judge for the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court. He clerked for the Honorable Bernard P. Becker, United States Magistrate Judge in Minnesota and later worked as a staff attorney at the Office of Hearings and Appeals for the Social Security Administration in Minnesota. Guerue is an active participant in the Dartmouth Partners in Community Service program.

David K. Shipler '64

David K. Shipler '64

David Shipler, Pulitzer Prize winning author and Dartmouth Trustee Emeritus, joined the staff of the New York Times in 1966 as a news clerk. He subsequently became a staff reporter, foreign correspondent, headed the Times' bureaus in Moscow and Jerusalem, and was Chief Diplomatic Correspondent in the Washington, D.C., bureau. He has won some of journalism's top awards, including the George Polk award for his coverage of the Lebanon War, the Dupont-Columbia award for broadcast journalism for his documentary, "Arab and Jew," and the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction for his 1987 book, Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land, the work on which the PBS documentary was based.

He is also the author of Russia: Broken Idols, Solemn Dreams (1983), which won the Overseas Press Club Award as the best book that year on foreign affairs. Subsequent titles include A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America, which the Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review called "moving" and "openhearted" and, more recently, The Working Poor: Invisible in America, a national bestseller in 2004. Shipler is currently working on a book on civil liberties.

In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Shipler has received awards and honors from organizations such as the American Political Science Association, and the New York Newspapers Guild. A fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., from 1984 to 1985, he has been a Woodrow Wilson Fellow on more than a dozen campuses, was recently a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth, and he has taught at Princeton and American University. He holds honorary degrees from Middlebury College, Glassboro State College and Dartmouth, and he has been writer-in-residence at the University of Southern California.

By LAUREL STAVIS

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