Social Justice Advocacy Award

The awarded student is recognized for his/her outstanding role as a public advocate of social justice, promoting the advancement of social political, identity, sexual, educational, legal, economic and other human rights.

The recipient of the Social Justice Advocacy Award¬†will be recognized, not merely for helping others, but for seeking actively to enhance the dignity, and self-determination of all. Social justice also emphasizes the prudent rule of law for the protection and advancement of human expression in all of its forms regardless of any one’s position in society. Social justice is not charity. Contributors to this award agree that one does not promote social justice by working for the common weal, but by fighting to guarantee conditions which ensure sustenance, dignity, and self-determination.

  • Must be a full-time student
  • Must have an established record or show significant promise as an advocate of social justice
  • Must plan to remain enrolled and resident at Stetson on the DeLand campus the entire 2016-17 academic year
  • Should be a senior during the 2016-17 academic year.

Recipient receives:

  • Name on perpetual plaque
  • A significant MONETARY AWARD
  • Advice and mentoring from the SJA advisory committee
  • Access to additional funds in support of mission

The application consists of two parts:

  • From the applicant, a one- to two-page (500 words maximum) essay outlining what the applicant has already achieved in Social Justice advocacy, what they’d like to focus on as Stetson’s Social Justice Advocate during the 2016-17 academic year, and specific detailed plans for achieving them.
  • A nomination from someone on Stetson’s campus that offers a frank assessment of the applicant’s potential for effecting social change on campus.

All application material is due by September 6, 2016 to Grady Ballenger ( Applications will be evaluated by a committee of faculty and staff.


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