Social Justice Awards Honorees

2020 Honorees

Emerging Leadership

Angela Zhang '12 angela zhang photo
Program Director, LISTEN Community Services

Angela Zhang, MSW, earned her B.A. in Geography at Dartmouth College and graduated in 2012. Afterwards, she worked at Dartmouth College in Student Affairs for 5 years. At the same time, she began volunteering at WISE as an after-hours crisis line advocate, which inspired her to pursue a Master of Social Work degree through the University of New England. She also was an active organizer for EmpowHER, an Employee Resource Network for women of color faculty and staff. In 2017, Angela began working as the Programs Director at LISTEN Community Services, a social services agency based in Lebanon, NH dedicated to helping meet the critical needs of Upper Valley individuals and families. She is active in issues around poverty, homelessness, and economic justice in the Upper Valley. In her spare time, she continues to volunteer at WISE and enjoys dance and calligraphy.

Ongoing Commitment

Rachel Solotaroff MED '01 solotaroff photo
President & CEO of Central City Concern

Rachel Solotaroff, MD, MCR, is President and CEO at Central City Concern, where she has worked since 2006. Located in Portland, Oregon, CCC is an innovative organization serving adults and families in the Portland metro area who are impacted by homelessness, poverty and addictions. CCC's scope of services includes health care, affordable housing, supported employment and social enterprises.   As a clinician, Rachel’s work clinical focuses on caring for homeless individuals with persistent pain and substance use disorders, as well as developing clinical and financial models to support integrated, seamless care to individuals with complex medical, behavioral and social needs.  Rachel graduated from Brown University, received her MD from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and completed residency in internal medicine at the University of Virginia.  Following residency, Rachel obtained a Masters in Clinical Research from Oregon Health and Science University, and also become board certified in Addiction Medicine.

Holly Fell Sateia Award

Derrick White derrick white
Associate Visiting Professor & Director of Inclusion and Academic Engagement, Athletics Department

Derrick White is an Associate Professor of History and African and African American Studies and the Director of Inclusion and Academic Engagement in the Athletics Department at Dartmouth College. His research examines how black-led organizations wrestled with the successes of the civil rights movement. White has authored two books, "The Challenge of Blackness: The Institute of the Black World and Political Activism in the 1970s" (2011), and "Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Jake Gaither, Florida A&M, and the History of Black College Football" (2019). His current research tells the story of a man who escaped a lynching in North Carolina by fleeing to Canada and its impact on the Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill in 1922.

The Lester B. Granger ’18 Award for Lifetime Achievement

Bruce Fredrickson '73 fredrickson photo
Labor, Discrimination, and Civil Rights Lawyer

Bruce A. Fredrickson is a founding member of Webster & Fredrickson, PLLC. He has 43 years of experience in the fields of employment discrimination, labor, and civil rights. He has represented employees in discrimination and harassment cases, severance negotiations, and other employment matters. He oversees the firm’s employment practice working with clients and the firm’s attorneys. Mr. Fredrickson battled for over two decades to win the largest employment discrimination award in the history of the Civil Rights Act. The Hartman class action sex discrimination case against the Voice of America and USIA paid out over $590 million divided among 1,100 women. Mr. Fredrickson’s success earned him Trial Lawyer of the Year honors from Trial Lawyers for Public Justice and the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association. Mr. Fredrickson is a frequent lecturer on a variety of topics including winning trial techniques, litigating sexual harassment and sex discrimination issues, maximizing back pay awards, and litigating attorneys’ fees issues in employment cases. His audiences include the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, the D.C. Bar, the American Bar Association, the Georgetown University Law Center Continuing Legal Education Program, and the Trial Lawyers Association of the District of Columbia. Mr. Fredrickson created and teaches a course at Dartmouth College: “Introduction to Law, Social Justice and trial practice.”


The Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Awards

Dartmouth’s Social Justice Awards, co-sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity, William Jewett Tucker Center, Dartmouth Center for Social Impact, and Geisel School of Medicine, were established to recognize members of the Dartmouth community including alumni/ae, current and former faculty, staff, student groups and others with ties to the college, who have contributed significantly to peace, civil rights, education, public health, environmental justice, or social justice.
The 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.
The Awards are given in four categories:  Emerging Leadership, Ongoing Commitment, Lifetime Achievement and Student Organization.

The Lester B. Granger ’18 Award for Lifetime Achievement

Presented by the Dartmouth Center for Social Impact

The William Jewett Tucker Foundation established the Lester B. Granger ’18 Award in the spring of 2002. Lester Granger was one of four brothers who attended Dartmouth College. His distinguished career included working as a teacher, coach, social worker, and youth counselor; 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. Among other honors, Granger received the Navy’s Distinguished Civilian Service Medal and was awarded the President’s Medal for Merit by President Truman. In 1951 he became the first African American to be nominated as president of the National Conference of Social Work, 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 and served as a trustee for several colleges and non-profit organizations. He remained an enthusiastic member of his Dartmouth class and actively participated in alumni activities. He received an honorary degree from Dartmouth in 1946.

The Granger Award is presented annually to a Dartmouth College graduate or graduates whose lifelong commitment to public service has been exemplary. Granger Award recipients have exhibited leadership and innovation in meeting community needs and benefiting an underserved population

The Holly Fell Sateia Award

The Holly Fell Sateia Award was established by President Jim Yong Kim and 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.

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Sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity, Dartmouth Center for Social Impact and Geisel School of Medicine.