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Winners announced for the Department of Government 2011 Social Justice Award

A New Mexico State University social work student and KRWG's broadcast operations manager are this year's recipients of the Social Justice Award given by NMSU's Department of Government department. Bernardo Lopez and Carrie Hamblen are both activists working against inequality and prejudice.


Lopez is from Hatch, N.M. where he is a member of the Hatch Human Rights Council and their representative to the Taskforce on Immigrant Advocacy in Southern New Mexico. Lopez returns home weekly from his studies at NMSU to help community members with daily social problems as a member of his intergenerational church group, Los Elejidos de Jesus. Lopez also is involved in helping students in his community access higher education.

Hamblen is well known in the region for championing tolerance and diversity. She serves on the board of directors for Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and for many years has been involved in sensitivity training. She has volunteered untold hours for local gay and lesbian causes, including fundraising for PFLAG and organizing parades. She also served on a committee for the City of Las Cruces to fight bullying.

The Social Justice Award is given annually to a student, faculty or staff member at New Mexico State University who has gone above and beyond his or her usual duties to promote social justice issues.

This year's awards will be presented at the Dean's Reception during the first day of the J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium March 31, at the Las Cruces Convention Center.

For more information on the award, contact Neil Harvey at 575-646-3220. For more information on the Symposium, please go to http://jpts.nmsu.edu.