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Student and Staff Member Receive MLK Social Justice Awards

January 21, 2014

Jack Morris
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2014 MLK Social Justice Award winners Vivian Fitzgerald '14 and Dan Forbes (photo by Dao Le '15)Two members of the Saint Anselm College community have been awarded the first-ever Martin Luther King, Jr. Social Justice Award. The awards were announced at the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dinner on January 20, sponsored by the Multicultural Center.

Vivian Fitzgerald '14 and Dan Forbes, the director of the Meelia Center for Community Engagement both received the awards for their outstanding leadership, compassion, and courage in promoting social justice while working to eliminate discrimination, oppression and injustice. The awards also highlight their efforts to impact our world, and inspire others to do the same. The award recipients were selected through a nomination process open to all members of the Saint Anselm College community.

"This is an important milestone in advancing our mission and our commitment to promoting inclusivity," said Multicultural Center Director Yemi Mahoney. "You don't need to be a famous leader to facilitate social change. The cornerstone of the award is people caring about people."

Senior psychology student and volleyball captain Vivian Fitzgerald was selected for her leadership and dedication to helping others in need. She worked as a student leader during the Winter Break Alternative trip to New Jersey (in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity), established a new fundraiser for Campus Ministry, and organized a Special Olympics floor hockey tournament this past November. 

"Vivian is an exemplary student leader," said one nominator, "who cares about not just serving someone in need, but about offering a sense of respect and dignity to all those she encounters."

Dan Forbes was selected for his work with refugees, immigrants, the elderly, the homeless, and children with life-threatening diseases throughout the greater Manchester community, as well as his steadfast commitment to mentoring students at Saint Anselm College through the Meelia Center.

"Dan is an inspiration to everyone who knows him," said one nominator. "Never does he greet another challenge with a sigh of 'it can't be done.' Instead, Dan inspires people with his kind and generous nature."