2019 Social Justice Awards Winners

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Ongoing Commitment

Michelle Duster '85

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Michelle Duster is an author, speaker, and educator.  She believes it is essential that the contributions women and African Americans made to the United States be told in a more complete and accurate way.  She is active with various local and national projects, committees, and organizations that create, document and promote the many “untold” stories.

In the last dozen years, Michelle’s writing has been included in nine books.  She co-edited Shifts: An Anthology of Women’s Growth Through Change, co-wrote the popular children’s history book, Tate and His Historic Dream, plus wrote and edited two books that include the writings of her great-grandmother, Ida B. Wells -  Ida In Her Own Words andIda From Abroad. Her most recent book that she co-edited is Michelle Obama’s Impact on African American Women and Girls.

She was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Dartmouth College and her M.A. in Media Studies from The New School in New York City. She has received numerous awards including the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Award from Dartmouth College. She currently teaches business writing at Columbia College Chicago and is working on several book projects that will completed within the next two years. 


Lifetime Achievement

Ray A. Blackwell '80, MED '87

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Dr. Ray Blackwell is a graduate of Dartmouth College (1980) and Geisel School of Medicine (1987 and will graduate from Delaware Law School in 2019. He is currently the Chief of Cardiac Surgery and Surgical Director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support Program at Christiana Care Health Services in Newark, Delaware. Dr. Blackwell has dedicated his life to service of others. As a medical student, he served on the Minority Admissions Subcommittee and later became a regional recruiter for the college and medical school. He was a student in A Better Chance Program and is active with the organization. A Better Chance is a program which places underprivileged and underrepresented students in better academic environments. He is a Regional Alumni Council member of National Medical Fellowships which provides scholarships for underrepresented and underfunded medical students. He is cofounder of Association of Black Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons whose mission is to support and develop upcoming and practicing cardiothoracic surgeons. Dr. Blackwell has provided many mentoring opportunities for local and regional underrepresented college and medical school students. He has served as co-chair of the Christian Care Diversity and Inclusion and Health Equity Committees and has resided as chairperson of the Blood Pressure Ambassadors Program since its inception. The Blood Pressure Ambassadors Program addresses hypertension in the African American community through the use of community ambassadors. To date, over 10,000 lives have been touched. Dr. Blackwell is active with Gamma Theta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. having initially joined through Theta Zeta Chapter at Dartmouth College. Dr. Blackwell is a past member of the Delaware Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline, He is currently a trustee of Christiana Care Health System, and on the Board of Directors for the local New Castle County and the regional Great Rivers Affiliate chapters of the American Heart Association.

Holly Fell Sateia Award

N. Bruce Duthu '80Bruce Duthu

Professor N. Bruce Duthu is the Samson Occom Professor (and former Chair) of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. An internationally recognized scholar of Native American law and policy, Professor Duthu joined the faculty of Arts & Sciences at Dartmouth in 2008.  He earned his BA degree in religion and Native American Studies from Dartmouth College and his JD degree from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans. Prior to joining the Dartmouth faculty, Duthu was Professor of Law at Vermont Law School where he also served as the law school's Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and as inaugural director of the VLS-Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou, China) Partnership in Environmental Law. He served as visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School, the universities of Wollongong and Sydney in New South Wales, Australia, and the University of Trento in northern Italy.
Professor Duthu is the author of SHADOW NATIONS: TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY AND THE LIMITS OF LEGAL PLURALISM (Oxford University Press 2013) and AMERICAN INDIANS AND THE LAW (Viking/Penguin Press 2008) and was a contributing author of Felix S. Cohen's HANDBOOK OF FEDERAL INDIAN LAW (2005), the leading treatise in the field of federal Indian law.  He co-edited a special volume of South Atlantic Quarterly, "Sovereignty, Indigeneity and the Law," that won the 2011 CELJ (Council of Editors of Learned Journals) award for Best Special Issue.  He co-produced the documentary feature film, Dawnland (2018) that focuses on state removal of Indian children from their families.  He has lectured on indigenous rights in various parts of the world, including Russia, China, Bolivia, Italy, France, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Professor Duthu is an enrolled tribal member of the United Houma Nation of Louisiana. He and his wife, Hilde Ojibway, have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.


Lester B. Granger Award for Lifetime Achievement

Dartmouth Class of 1959

Over 800 nonprofit interns, 300,000 hours of service to the community valued at over 7 million dollars, hundreds of alumni- these impressive figures only scratch the surface of the immense impact the Dartmouth Class of 1959 have made through their class project, Dartmouth Partners in Community Service.

Founded in 1994 by class members Karl Holtzschue and Michael Stern and supported by numerous other class members and their spouses, Dartmouth Partners in Community Service (DPCS) engages undergraduates in transformative internships that provide meaningful service to agencies and allow students to explore important issues of social justice and service. As a project of the Center for Social Impact, DPCS’s primary goal is to educate the next generation of leaders for the common good. DPCS partners with agencies, alumni and the college to tackle important issues in the community while helping students develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge then need to leave Dartmouth ready to make an impact and lead a life of community engagement.

The class of 1959’s success with DPCS extends beyond the sheer number of student service hours it has enabled. It’s unique approach that bring alumni, students and agencies together for the common good allows its efforts. Each DPCS intern is matched with a Dartmouth alumni mentor who provide guidance and support to the student during their internship. This alumni engagement has brought more than 20 Dartmouth classes on board, increasing the alumni engagement, financial support, and reach of this important program.  

This unique partnership between alumni, students and the college to educate students to be transformation leaders for the common good is impressive. Through DPCS, the class of 1959 has created real change in the lives of the students who go on to lead lives of service, in alumni who wield their talents and treasure for the common good, and in the agencies, who have been able to tackle large projects and improve their work with the help of an intern.


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.