Jenine Wehbeh, a graduate student in Elementary Education, long-time organizer in the Chicago region’s Arab community and the education justice coordinator for the Illinois Safe School Alliance, took Roosevelt’s top social justice award for 2014.
Honorable mentions went to Roosevelt undergraduates Rafael Castaneda, 22, a social justice major, president of the Association of Latin American Students and a native of Woodstock, Ill., and Gianna Chacon, 19, a political science major, community and campus organizer and native of Dixon, Ill.
The award winners were announced on Wednesday, April 2 during the annual Matthew Freeman Lecture and Social Justice Award Ceremony featuring distinguished lecturer Victor Rios, a sociology professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the author ofPunished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys (New Perspectives in Crime, Deviance and Law).
“This award is given annually in memory and recognition of the deep commitment that Roosevelt University student Matthew Freeman had for social justice and making positive change a reality,” said Heather Dalmage, director of Roosevelt’s Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation.
The official announcement about the award is available at http://www.roosevelt.edu/News_and_Events/News_Articles/2014/20140414-MatFreeAwards.aspx