Social Justice Awards

Social Justice Awards

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, DMS, 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.

The annual Lester B. Granger '18 award honors Dartmouth alumni 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.

2010 Social Justice Award Recipients

Lester B. Granger '18, Lifetime Achievement Award
Peter Kilmarx '83, DMS '90
Chief of the Epidemiology Branch of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention for the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

A photo of Peter Kilmarx

CAPT Peter H. Kilmarx, MD, FACP, FIDSA, is the Chief of the Epidemiology Branch of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Branch has more than 60 staff in Atlanta and 250 staff overseas and is responsible for epidemiologic and clinical research to reduce the burden of HIV/AIDS worldwide. Current research includes development of HIV vaccines, microbicides, oral pre-exposure chemoprophylaxis, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, and clinical and health services HIV prevention research. The Branch also conducts the Minority AIDS Research Initiative to build epidemiologic research capacity in affected communities in the United States.

After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1983, Dr. Kilmarx served in the Peace Corps in Zaire (DRC) as a fisheries volunteer as the first and only outsider living in a small village in the remote interior of the country. He worked with about 20 farmers establishing fish ponds that are still supporting the farmers' families and reducing protein malnutrition more than 20 years later. Dr. Kilmarx earned his MD degree in the Dartmouth-Brown combined program in medicine, graduating in 1990. After completing internship and residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Kilmarx joined the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service at the CDC in Atlanta. While in EIS, he was deployed to lead household surveillance activities in the 1995 Ebola outbreak in Kikwit, Zaire.

Dr. Kilmarx and his family moved to Thailand in 1996 where he directed CDC's northern Thailand HIV/STD prevention field station. While in Thailand, Dr. Kilmarx was the founding board chairman for the first Montessori school in northern Thailand and led a still-ongoing Rotary project providing school fees and support to hundreds of AIDS orphans. In 2002, Dr. Kilmarx and his family moved to Botswana where he directed CDC's Botswana office. Dr. Kilmarx led a rapid expansion of the office, making critical inroads in HIV testing, behavior change communication, prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission, and HIV/AIDS care and treatment, which contributed to an overall decline in HIV prevalence in Botswana.

A Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service and an adjunct professor at Emory University, Dr. Kilmarx is the author or coauthor of more than 80 scientific research articles and book chapters. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Disease Society of America with board certification in internal medicine and infectious diseases. He travels every year to provide life-saving anti-retroviral treatment to AIDS patients in Botswana or along the Thai-Lao-Burmese border.

Dr. Kilmarx has received numerous awards including U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service for exceptional commitment and teamwork in responding to Hurricane Katrina and the Brown University Paul J. Galkin award for distinguished leadership in international AIDS research. He recently received a U.S. Public Health Service award for exceptional leadership and service in the CDC's response to an Ebola outbreak in the area of his Peace Corps service.

Dr. Kilmarx lives in Decatur, GA with his family.

Ongoing Commitment Award
Cathleen Caron '92
Founder of the Global Workers Justice Alliance

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Cathleen Caron is the founder and Executive Director of the Global Workers Justice Alliance, an organization dedicated to ensuring portable justice for transnational migrant workers. She has also worked in East Timor heading an anti-human trafficking project for the Alola Foundation and as a staff attorney with the Migrant Farmworker Justice Project in Florida. Prior to law school, Cathleen worked on human rights issues in Guatemala for over three years. She is a graduate of the American University Washington College of Law and Dartmouth College.

Emerging Leadership Award
Methembe Ndlovu '97
Co-Founder, Grassroot Soccer

A photo of Methembe Ndlovu

Methembe Ndlovu was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, in the township of Luveve. A gifted student, he was the first from his area to attend Dartmouth College. After Dartmouth he returned to Zimbabwe, where he captained both Highlanders Football Club and the Zimbabwean National Team. One of the best-known and most popular faces in Zimbabwe, Ndlovu’s combination of intelligence, charisma, and ability as an educator make him an invaluable asset to the Grassroot Soccer team. In addition to serving as the Grassroot Soccer Zimbabwe program director, Ndlovu also serves as head coach for the Highlanders Football Club and assistant coach for the Zimbabwe National Team.

Student Group
Dartmouth Medical School Physicians for Human Rights

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Dartmouth Medical School Physicians for Human Rights mobilizes health professionals to advance health, dignity, and justice; to promote the right to health for all; and to work to stop human rights abuses. Contributing significantly to student, faculty, and community education about matters of human rights worldwide, the DMS chapter of PHR has engaged and inspired numerous medical students and professionals to promote social justice and to improve health care for disadvantaged patients across the globe.


 Social Justice Awards online nomination form