Ana Deisy Escalera - Energy Management Major, Price College of Business: was nominated for her activism and advocacy with Dream Act Oklahoma (DAOK), a youth-led organization that emphasizes civil rights for the undocumented community. In her work with DAOK, she educates the public and advocates for a better life and brighter future for all Dreamers. "I would like to nominate Ana Deisy Escalera for the Robert D. Lemon Social Justice Award [because] she has participated in several educational forums in the Oklahoma City metro area to inform the community about elections and political parties...Diesy has been instrumental in mobilizing seven pro-bono attorneys and around 60 volunteers. Together, they have helped approximately 400 dreamers start their dream to a better future.” - Shaila Miranda, nominator.
Emma Newberry-Davis - Women's and Gender Studies Major: is passionate about women's and LGBTQ issues, improving the campus community through activism, and sexual health education. During her freshman year, Emma started volunteering with the Women's Outreach Center (WOC), which eventually lead to a major change, and applications for internships with the WOC where she has coordinated events on sexual assault and relationship violence like Take Back the Night, the Red Flag Campaign, Safebreak, and Rape Awareness Week, to name a few. Now, she heads into a graduate degree at the University of Oklahoma Zarrow School of Social Work. "I am pleased to nominate Emma [...] as a recipient of The Robert D. Lemon Social Justice Award. I have had the pleasure of watching Emma develop as a student and social justice advocate over the past three years. [The events advocating against violence against women] were successful due to Emma's commitment, organizing skill, and enthusiasm for educating the student body to change the rape culture on our campus and educate others." - Kathy Moxley, nominator.
Meredith Worthen - Assistant Professor, Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences: was nominated for the Robert D. Lemon Social Justice Faculty Award by two colleagues and a student for her activism creating an inclusive campus and community for LGBTQ people. "[J]ust two years after arriving at OU as an assistant professor, Meredith single-handedly developed The Welcoming Project, a non-profit organization designed to create a welcoming community for LGBTQ individuals and their allies. Her initial objective was to encourage local businesses, organizations, and churches in Norman and throughout the United States to display welcoming signs designed to make LGBTQ individuals and allies feel welcome as patrons...I believe Meredith has done more to promote social justice in two years that a typical team of people could accomplish in many years." - Amy Kroska, nominator
Erin Simpson - Center Coordinator, Walker Center, Housing and Food: was nominated for the Robert D. Lemon Social Justice Staff Award because of her commitment to social justice in all areas of her academic, professional, and personal life. "It is with great honor that we come together to nominate Erin Simpson [...] She truly enacts the 'intersectional' commitments required for social justice work in that is an advocate and educator for issues related to gender, race, class, and sexual orientation across campus. In addition to being a staff member, Erin is a PhD student in Adult and Higher Education, where she uses her research and scholarship on the experience of women in student affairs to work toward social justice and a greater understanding of how intersecting systems of oppression impact students and staff on college campuses." - Moira Ozias, Lauren Roysten, Rodney Bates, LaVonya Bennett, and Justin Grimes; nominators.