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Professor and Student Recognized for Promoting Social Justice

January 21, 2015

Laura Lemire
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Saint Anselm College recognized Professor Jonathan Lupo and senior Haley Mount for their contributions to social justiceOn January 19, two members of the Saint Anselm College community: Professor Jonathan Lupo and senior Haley Mount, were awarded the second annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Social Justice Award. The recipients were announced at the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dinner sponsored by the Multicultural Center, The Office of Campus Ministry, and the MLK Planning Committee. Psychology Professor Loretta Brady was the keynote speaker at this year's dinner, which had a record number of attendees.

Professor Lupo and Mount, received the awards for their outstanding leadership, compassion, and courage in promoting social justice while working to eliminate discrimination, oppression, and injustice.

A communication professor and member of the English Department, Professor Lupo was selected for his dedication to social justice and influential presence on campus. In her remarks, education Professor Dianna Gahlsdorf Terrell explained that Professor Lupo's contributions have impacted the community in more ways than he might realize.

"His very presence on campus, and his courage and willingness to share his personal stories and his family's challenges over the past year, has opened an important door for many Anselmians," she said.

"Dr. Lupo has provided our community with an opportunity to question our beliefs, to examine our assumptions, and to reaffirm our commitment to justice and equality," Professor Gahlsdorf Terrell added. "In this understated but courageous way, Dr. Lupo has shown a light, so Anselmians can find the way."

Senior communication major, Haley Mount, was selected for her leadership and ability to help others. During her time on campus, Mount has led a Road for a Hope trip, a service trip, and the Food, Clothing, and Furniture Drive. She is captain of the women's rugby team and a member of the Core Council for Gay and Lesbian Students, actively speaking up for students on campus. During this year's spring break, she will lead another service trip to South Dakota through the Office of Campus Ministry's Service & Solidarity Missions Program.

"Haley leads with joy, a sense of humor, and a real humble and human connection with those she leads," said Susan Gabert, director of Campus Ministry.

"She has enabled and empowered others to become engaged and challenged them in their engagement to wrestle with these issues and to advocate for those they serve."

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Dinner kicked-off a month-long series of events at Saint Anselm College celebrating Dr. King and his legacy. This year's program, "A Moment (f)or a Movement," promotes positive social change. In the true spirit of Dr. King, students, faculty, and departments from across campus collaborated to plan diverse programming including guest performances, a Kingian nonviolence conflict reconciliation workshop, a service experience, film and panel discussions and a Nigerian cooking lesson.

Learn more about this year's program »

Story by Dominique Del Prete '15

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