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Nominations, applications sought for NMSU social justice award

The department of government at New Mexico State University's College of Arts and Sciences invites nominations and applications for the seventh annual social justice award.


The Social Justice Award recognizes and honors a member of the student body, staff or faculty at NMSU who has volunteered to help create a more just society. Forms of social justice activism might include efforts to eliminate disparities in economic conditions, to facilitate political involvement, to work against inequality and prejudice, to promote peace and nonviolence, or in some other fashion strive to make the community a better place for all.

Previous recipients have engaged in such activities as community organizing, the advancement of tolerance, and the protection of free speech. Regardless of the contribution made, it must reflect a commitment of time, passion, and energy extending well beyond a person's employment at NMSU or activities as a student.

A nominator (applicant) must describe in no more than one typed page how the nominee has affected change in the local community through the promotion of social justice. The letter must describe, with concrete examples, the work done and how it has contributed to fostering a more just place to live.

Letters of application and nomination are to be submitted to the Social Justice Award Committee, Department of Government, Breland Hall, Room 337, by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2009. Letters may be sent through campus mail, MSC 3BN, but must be received by the deadline. Email submissions are not acceptable. The person submitting the letter should provide appropriate contact information, including a current phone number. In addition, if the person nominated (or applying) is a member of the faculty or staff, a current CV or resume must be included for the nominee (applicant). Individuals nominating a student may include a resume, as may student applicants.

A committee composed of university and community members will review applications and select at least one award winner. Each person honored will receive a minimum of $250, subject to university policies and procedures, and recognition on the opening day of the J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium.

As a condition of selection, the recipient agrees to attend the recognition ceremony scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14 and to assist in the promotion of the Social Justice Award in the future.

For more information about the Social Justice Award, contact Bill Taggart at 646-4935.