Social Justice Awards Honorees

2022 Honorees

Emerging Leadership

Anais Ovalle, MD MPH'22 Ovalle photo

Ovalle received her MD from Universidad Iberoamericana, where she taught safe sexual health practices to youth in local communities and schools in Santo Domingo. After completing an internal medicine residency at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, she spent a year as chief resident at Kent Hospital in Warwick, R.I. That same year, Ovalle completed the Brown Advocates for Social Change and Equity fellowship, focusing on issues of racism, cultural diversity, inclusion, social justice, and health equity. In 2019, she came to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for an infectious disease fellowship and preventive medicine residency. In 2021, while working toward her master's degree in public health, Ovalle joined the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Team, establishing a student-run online forum to elevate student voices at The Dartmouth Institute. Ovalle is co-principal investigator for a Scholarship Enhancement in Academic Medicine (SEAM) grant, leading a Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Leadership Program in the Department of Medicine. 

Ongoing Commitment

Ruth Morgan '96, MD Morgan photo

Dr. Morgan has dedicated her professional career to working with underserved communities, addressing health disparities, and educating future medical professionals. She is the medical director of primary care at the integrated courtyard clinic for Project H.E.A.L.T.H. (Homeless Engagement Addressing Limitations to Healthcare) on the Haven for Hope Campus in San Antonio, Texas. She also serves as core faculty and a site director for the Community-Based Family Medicine Residency at the Texas Institute for Graduate Medical Education and Research. Morgan has advocated on local, state, and national levels for housing-first models, graduate medical education expansion for family and community medicine programs, increasing mental health resources, and expanding medical coverage for the underinsured. After receiving her AB in sociology from Dartmouth, she earned an MS in educational leadership from Central Connecticut State University, and a post-baccalaureate certificate from Bryn Mawr College. Morgan received her medical degree with distinction in bioethics from Albany Medical College.

ongoing commitment

Craig Sutton Sutton photo

Craig Sutton is an associate professor of mathematics, where he also conducts research in differential geometry. In addition to his role as an instructor and research mathematician, Sutton has devoted himself to student life and institutional service with an emphasis on creating a more diverse and inclusive campus. In 2015 he became the inaugural house professor of School House, one of six house communities designed to increase intellectual and civic engagement as well as cross-cultural exchange. Since 2016, Sutton has served as the director of the E.E. Just Program, the college’s signature effort to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who choose to pursue degrees and careers in STEM disciplines. Prior to Dartmouth, Sutton was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his BA in mathematics at Yale University and earned his PhD in mathematics at the University of Michigan.

Student Group

Dartmouth Black Student-Athlete Alliance

dbsaa logoThe Dartmouth Black Student-Athlete Alliance (DBSAA) is a campus organization dedicated to fostering a sense of community, inclusion, and mentorship for Black student-athletes enrolled at Dartmouth College. DBSAA is dedicated to creating a community space to actively address the pressing issues of racial inequality on campus and in this country. Additionally, the group seeks to ensure that all Black student-athletes feel comfortable at Dartmouth and are doing their part to make an impact outside of athletics. Members are focused on creating a space for conversation, fellowship, and advancement.

Holly Fell Sateia Award

María Clara de Greiff de greiff photo

An award-winning journalist with a BA in humanities from Universidad de las Américas Puebla in México and a master’s degree in Latin American literature from Universidad Iberoamericana Golfo-Centro, de Greiff is the live in-advisor/professor to La Casa, the Spanish and Portuguese department's living and learning community. She motivates students and community members to approach social justice in a variety of contexts, organizing multiple events promoting social awareness. Two years ago, she and three Dartmouth students, as well as a student from Thetford Academy, co-founded FUERZA-FARMWORKERS-FUND, an organization supporting the urgent needs, livelihoods, and well-being of migrant communities during a period of intensified isolation and vulnerability created by the COVID-19 pandemic. With a grant from the Leslie Center for the Humanities, she is writing a book, Hands that Speak: Voices from the Upper Valley Dairy Farms, documenting stories of resilience about migrant workers who labor at local dairy farms.


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.