Social Justice Awards presented to university community
The University of South Carolina’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Committee recently presented its Social Justice Awards to three members of the university community who exemplify the philosophies of Dr. King through random or ongoing acts of community service, social justice or racial reconciliation.
The faculty award, recognizing outstanding accomplishments in teaching, research or creative work, service and outreach, went to Dr. Saundra Glover, associate dean for health disparities and social justice in the Arnold School of Public Health. Glover, cited for her consistent commitment to educational outreach and research aimed at eliminating disparities, recently collaborated with investigators from the Medical University of South Carolina and South Carolina State University to establish a $7.2 million Center of Economic Excellence (CoEE) in Prostate Cancer.
Staff and student awards recognize outstanding accomplishments in community service, social-justice outreach and racial reconciliation.
Attorney Pamela Robinson, director of the School of Law’s Pro Bono Program, was presented the staff award. She was nominated for her long-term commitment to helping people who cannot afford legal representation, including her volunteer efforts with Richland County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), the South Carolina Bar Pro Bono Program and the Children's Justice Act Task Force. She is also faculty advisor to the Women in Law program.
Anna Walton, a senior biology and Spanish major, received the student Social Justice Award. She is president of Amigos Buen Samaritano, a student organization that assists the West Columbia Good Samaritan clinic in coordinating volunteers and providing assistance with computers and raising funds. She was nominated for her commitment to improving the quality and access to public health within the Hispanic community.