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2016 Iris Marion Young Award Winners

The University of Pittsburgh Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, in conjunction with GSPIA, is happy to announce the winners of the 2016 Iris Marion Young Award: Jackie Smith (faculty); Sheila Confer (staff); Hanifa Nakiryowa (graduate student); and Saskia Berrios-Thomas (undergraduate).

The Iris Marion Young Award for Political Engagement honors members of the Pitt community who have worked on behalf of social justice and democracy. You can read about the 2016 honorees' accomplishments at the end of this email. 

Please join us in celebration of our honorees at the Iris Marion Young Awards Ceremony, to be held Thursday November 17, 2016 from 5:00-6:30pm in the Kurtzman Room in the William Pitt Union on the main campus of the University of Pittsburgh. To celebrate the occasion, there will be presentations on the topic “Expressing the New Pittsburgh: Art, Gentrification, and Urban Communities.” 

See the GSWS website for further information.   

Congratulations to the four winners, and thank you for your justice work! 

The 2016 Iris Marion Young Honorees: 

Saskia Berrios-Thomas is a senior majoring in social work and minoring in economics. Saskia is deeply committed to working for those affected by sexual violence and child abuse. She has conducted research projects on sexual violence prevention and has published work in undergraduate and professional journals. Saskia is currently an intern at Allegheny County CYF. She is a Pitt sexual assault peer educator and annually volunteers at a Native American emergency foster care home. She volunteers regularly with her therapy dog and also works two part-time jobs. In her free time, Saskia enjoys spending time with her horse, family, and friends.

Hanifa Nakiryowa is currently a H. J. Heinz fellow with the Global Studies Centre, pursuing a master of International Development-Human Security at GSPIA. She has a certificate in Global Change Leadership from COADY International Institute, Canada and a master’s degree in Economics from University of Nairobi. She has worked as a UNICEF-Uganda program monitoring and evaluation specialist, human rights advocate for Acid Survivors Foundation Uganda and tutor at the Islamic University in Uganda. She founded the Centre for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and burns Violence (CERESAV), the only NGO in Uganda advocating for ZERO tolerance to Acid Attack Violence.

Sheila Confer is Assistant Director of the Academic Village at Pitt-Greensburg. She also teaches in the Theatre Department. Confer brings social justice education and trainings to the campus community through Pitt-Greensburg’s Academic Village, Allies Network and Committee for Gender Equity, which she chairs. Outside of her work at Pitt, Confer serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Blackburn Center, Westmoreland County’s only anti-violence agency. She also works on Blackburn’s Social Transformation Committee and as the liaison for the agency’s ongoing relationship with Pitt-Greensburg. Confer is a 2014 winner of the Chancellor’s Award for Staff for Excellence in Service to the University.

Jackie Smith is professor of sociology at the University of Pittsburgh and editor of the Open Access Journal of World-Systems Research. Her research addresses relationships between globalization and social movements, and recent books include: Social Movements and World-System Transformation (co-edited with Michael Goodhart, Patrick Manning, and John Markoff), and Social Movements in the World-System: The Politics of Crisis and Transformation (with Dawn Wiest). Smith is co-founder and co-coordinator of the Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance, and serves on the national steering committee of the National Human Rights City Network. She is co-founder of the International Network of Scholar-Activists and serves on the Leadership Committee of May First/People Link, a technology and communications rights organization.

 

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