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  Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning
Annual awards honor service, social action

The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning bestowed its 2005-06 Rosalie Ginsberg Awards for Community Service and Social Action on several faculty, staff, students and partnering community organizations April 7 in the Pendleton Room of the Michigan Union.

Outstanding Faculty Member awards went to Nesha Haniff, a lecturer in Women's Studies and Afroamerican and African Studies, for her work with the Pedagogy of Action program, which addresses reproductive health issues among marginalized communities; and Oi-Saeng Hong, assistant professor of nursing, for her commitment to serve medically underserved Asian-American populations.

The Outstanding Staff Member award went to Suzanne Gothard, for her work as administrator of the Prison Creative Arts Project and commitment to social justice awareness.

The award for Outstanding Campus Impact was given to the Environmental Justice Group for organizing demonstrations and awareness of human rights and environmental abuses; and to the following students: Jaya Kalra, for her work for equal representation of the transgender, bisexual, lesbian and gay (TBLG) community in University policies and advocacy of coalition building on campus; Grace M. Lee, for her political activism with the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Business Law Association and Dean of Students' Advisory Board; Brittany Marino, for her organizing work within the Native American and multi-cultural communities at U-M and her work in PULSE, a health education group; Priyanka Pathak, for her work on the SERVE leadership team and founding the North American Summer Service Team; and Emily Schemper, for her work co-chairing the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning Martin Luther King Jr. Committee.

Student Deborah Slosberg was the recipient of the Outstanding Center Impact award for her work as a SERVE View Leadership Team member and Project Community facilitator, and her membership in the Ginsberg student advisory and national boards.

The Outstanding Community Impact award went to the Alternative Weekends program for reinventing its commitment to high quality for both students and community partners. The same award went to Manuel Hernandez, for his work co-founding and sustaining new projects for the "Engineering for Community" course and BLUElab program; and to Negin Salmasi, for her work using artistic expression as a means of breaking down social and economic barriers in South Africa. Laura Bozgo also received the award for her commitment to professional and service work with Focus: HOPE community revitalization and construction projects.

The Ally Training Program created a safe space for members of the LGBT community and made allies more accessible across campus and was given the Outstanding University Program award. The Outstanding Community Partner award was given to Focus: HOPE for its work with U-M's Michigan Neighborhood AmeriCorps Program to involve students in community development and cultural programming, and to Health Place 101/Stone High School Youth Advisory Council for its work on behalf or U-M's Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools (RAHS) Centers to advocate for healthy food options in schools.

The Ginsberg Center Program Awards were given to Amarena Baker, Jessie Stadd and Reed Swier (America Reads); Antonia Alvarez, Warren Clark and Elizabeth Dosa (Detroit Initiative); Diane Arnold, Sr. Janet Lemon and Sr. Ann Ziemba (Michigan Neighborhood AmeriCorps Program); David Dobbie, Rachael Kilbourn and Amy Stone (Project Community); and Jenn Pfau, Jerin Philip and Tara Reddy (SERVE).

The awards were made possible by the Rosalie Ginsberg Awards Fund, an endowment established with a gift from William and Inger Ginsberg in honor of his mother, Rosalie.

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