Social Justice Awards Honorees

2021 Honorees

Emerging Leadership

Allie Young '13 Allie Young photo
Director, Protect the Sacred

Allie Young is a citizen of the Diné (Navajo) Nation from the Northern Agency of the reservation in Northern New Mexico. She is a storyteller and writer on a mission to increase authentic representation of Native Americans in TV, film, and mainstream media by sharing the stories and traditions of her people that helped and continue to help them persevere in a world where they are largely invisible, underrepresented and misrepresented. She’s developing projects, one of which she’s pitched to Netflix and Amazon Studios. Recently, she founded Protect the Sacred, a grassroots organization that focuses on educating and empowering the next generation of Navajo and Indian Country leaders, promoting the Indian Country Hero Challenge and spreading the “Stay Home” message to protect tribal nations from COVID-19.   

In her work and current role as Director of Protect the Sacred, she makes certain the Native voice is at the table and in every conversation, especially the voices of Indigenous youth and womxn. It is her objective to ensure that the stories of her people are no longer his story - the fabricated American narrative perpetuated in textbooks and Hollywood Westerns. Instead, they will be authentic and from the original peoples, the original storytellers of this land.

Ongoing Commitment

Alex Bernadotte '92 Alex Bernadotte
Founder and CEO, Beyond12

Alexandra (Alex) Bernadotte is the founder and chief executive officer of Beyond 12, a high-tech, high-touch nonprofit that integrates personalized coaching with mobile technology to increase the number of traditionally underserved students who graduate from college and who translate their degrees into meaningful employment and choice-filled lives. She has more than 18 years of executive management and strategic development experience in the nonprofit and private sectors. Immediately before launching Beyond 12, Alex was an entrepreneur in residence at NewSchools Venture Fund where she developed the business plan for Beyond 12.

Alex's previous professional experience includes serving as executive director of The Princeton Review's Silicon Valley office; executive director of Foundation for a College Education, a nonprofit college access program; co-founder and vice president of marketing at educational travel startup Explorica; director of operations at EF Education; and operations manager at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where she coordinated the efforts of an international youth substance abuse prevention foundation. Alex currently serves on the board of directors of Great Oakland Public Schools and the board of advisors of the Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship and the Presidential Commission for Financial Aid at Dartmouth College.

Alex received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth and earned a master's degree with a concentration in policy and organizational leadership from Stanford. She is an Ashoka Fellow, a recipient of the 2011 NewSchools Venture Fund Entrepreneur of the Year award, a 2012 Jefferson Award for Public Service winner, a Stanford University Alumni Excellence in Education Award honoree, a Fellow of the 22nd class of the Pahara - Aspen Education Fellowship, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. In addition, Beyond 12 was named one of the world's 10 most innovative education companies by Fast Company and the organization’s MyCoach mobile app won the 2016 Xammy Award for best social impact app from Xamarin, a Microsoft- owned mobile development platform.

Lifetime Achievement

Dr. Matias Vega MED '78 Dr. Matias Vega
Medical Director of Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, Health Equity Advocate

A passionate advocate for health equity, Matias J. Vega, MD, has spent his professional career working in impoverished and underserved communities. He received one of the inaugural Public Health Service Scholarships while at Dartmouth Medical School, where he graduated in 1978. Post-residency, Matias worked at HealthNet and People’s Community Health Centers in Indianapolis, Indiana, as a family physician in the National Health Service Corps. When People’s Health Center became one of the initial 60 federally funded Health Care for the Homeless projects in 1988, he gravitated to working with our nation’s most disenfranchised community. Matias served as the medical director for the Homeless Initiative Program in Indianapolis from 1988 to 1997.

Matias joined Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless in 1998 as medical director. In addition to his clinical and administrative responsibilities at AHCH, he worked with colleagues at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in visioning, designing, and implementing a curriculum focused on poverty and the social and political determinants of health. One of the firsts of its kind, this curriculum incorporated service-learning activities for the medical students to foster attitudinal change, enhance sensitivity, and boost clinical competency when working with patients experiencing poverty and homelessness. Course evaluations revealed that the curriculum, which has been a model for other courses around the nation, had profound positive transformative effects on physicians-in-training. An adjunct faculty member at UNM from 1998 to 2015, Matias was a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops and a contributor to clinical practice guidelines and other publications.

In 1989, the National Coalition for the Homeless recruited Matias to join its governing board. This experience was a significant inflection point for his work as an advocate for equity and social justice. Working alongside national activists, especially those with lived experience of homelessness, Matias realized that the work to end homelessness must have justice at its core. As an NCH board member from 1989 to 2002, Matias brought issues of health care access and affordability to the anti-homelessness struggle at a time when housing was the sole lens on the problem. He is proudest of his accomplishments and reputation as a national and local housing advocate, with a deep understanding of inextricably linked issues, including housing, economic, education, health, and civil rights.

Throughout his career, Matias was an active volunteer, serving on numerous boards and committees, and in 1994, he was a founding board member of the Health Care for the Homeless Clinicians’ Network. Widely recognized for his leadership and vision, Matias is the recipient of many awards and honors. He retired from medical practice in 2015, and he and his wife of 22 years, Brenda, live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they enjoy birdwatching and exploring the Land of Enchantment.

Student Group

Access Dartmouth The words "Access Dartmouth" written in white text on a blue background. The "D" in Dartmouth is tilted and has a stick figure person sitting on it, resembling the Accessible Icon.

Access Dartmouth serves as a mentorship organization for incoming students with disabilities and access challenges and helps ease their transition to Dartmouth. The group also engages in accessibility advocacy and activism on campus. Through these two missions, we hope to create a Dartmouth environment that is more supportive of students with disabilities through creating a strong, centralized disabled community and enacting structural change.


Holly Fell Sateia Award

Vincent Wilson Vince Wilson photo
Assistant Director of Individual and Class Giving; Diversity and Inclusion Advisor for Dartmouth Athletics

Vincent Wilson is an Asst. Director of Individual and Class Giving for the Dartmouth College Fund and serves as the Diversity and Inclusion Advisor for Dartmouth Athletics. He also serves on the planning committee for the Black Caucus. Vince attended California University of Pa for undergrad, where he ran track, became a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc, and earned his B.S. in Sports Management, he then went on to Western Illinois University to earn his Masters in Sports Management. Vince is very active in his community, serving as a mentor to student-athletes as well as volunteering at the local high school to speak with students of color and work with them and their teachers to create a more inclusive environment for them.  He also serves on working groups within the DCF to help create a more diverse and inclusive work environment. His background as a former student-athlete is what inspires him to mentor current student-athletes and help prepare them to be successful in and after College.


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.