Settlement houses are places where great civic action and social change take place every day.
The UNH Award for Achievement in Civic Advocacy recognizes and celebrates one exceptional settlement house staff member who has demonstrated significant commitment to and accomplishment in the area of civic advocacy and engagement through outstanding contributions to their community.
The ideal candidate will be an individual whose civic engagement work exceeds their core job responsibilities, and who has had a significant, noticeable impact on the development of or change in a non-partisan local issue related to social justice, access, or equity. Particular consideration will be given to candidates who involve community members and/or staff in change efforts.
Civic engagement that impacts change on the local level should be the key characteristic of the nominated activities. Civic engagement includes work done for the good of the community as well as activities that impact public policy in response to community concerns.
Candidates can be nominated for their participation in individual activities or campaigns, or in recognition of long-term commitment and effectiveness in creating policy or community change. A broad range of specific issues and methods will be considered. Applications should illustrate how the individual is engaging community members in action.
2018 Winner: LaKisha Williams (pictured center)