The Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Social Justice Award was created in memory of Peter Morgenstern-Clarren, who pursued social justice as a student at Wesleyan. His activism included securing benefits for Wesleyan custodial staff, participating in the United Student and Labor Action Coalition, and contributing his leadership to the campus chapter of Amnesty International. We are grateful to Dr. Hadley Morgenstern-Clarren and The Honorable Pat Morgenstern-Clarren for their generosity in sponsoring this award that honors their son’s activism for the public good. The committee will select the applicant who best embodies the pursuit of social justice. Sophomores and juniors in good standing are encouraged to apply.
To apply, please submit an essay that addresses the following:
- Describe in detail the most influential social justice effort in which you have played a leadership role that sought to make our local and/or global community more equitable. The work should directly affect the Wesleyan campus and/or an external community.
- Explain your role in raising awareness about a particular issue on campus, coordinating events, implementing programming and campaigns, etc., in the pursuit of social justice.
- While local efforts central to the Wesleyan campus are weighted equally with external efforts at home, on a national, or international level, students who have managed to link their local activism with a larger community are especially encouraged to apply. Please describe, in detail, how you have sought to synthesize local and external efforts.
- Include a letter of support from a faculty member, administrator who was involved in your social justice effort or other person(s) (excluding family and close friends) with firsthand knowledge of your social justice activities
- Submit evidence of the impact that the effort had on its target community by contributing testimonies from individuals directly involved or who benefited (excluding family and close friends), printed programs/presentations/articles, non-print materials such as DVDs, and/or your work from courses.
Provide at least four copies of your application materials (print and non-print) to Dean Marina J Melendez (North College 215) by 5 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2011. By submitting your packet, you agree to allow the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Institutional Partnerships to use it for assessment, archival, and promotional purposes.