2021 GWS and Social Justice Awardees

2021 Mary B. Bialas Prize Winner Nirupama Jayaraman

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Nirupama Jayaraman is a socio-cultural anthropologist whose research interests span the interdisciplinary fields of sociocultural anthropology, cultural geography, science and technology studies, gender studies, and urban studies. She studies urban transportation networks in South Asia, centering narratives of feminist/queer/trans knowledge production that usually exist in the liminal spaces of South Asian scholarship, especially in infrastructure studies.

2021 Mary B. Bialas Prize Winner Priscila Pereira

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I am honored to be a recipient of the 2021 Mary B. Bialas Award. Working to improve the lives of Black girls and women is already a life-rewarding endeavor. But being recognized for that work makes it even more special. Thank you to the Bialas Family and the GWS community!

2021 Undergraduate Student Prize Winner Mads Campbell

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“I’ve started to understand that the rivers, the forests, the stones, are actually extensions of ourselves. Or, we could be extensions of those ecosystems too, and that we’re actually not removed from the set of relationships that build an ecosystem. We’re actually embedded in them.” (Carolina Caycedo 2019)

2021 Undergraduate Student Prize Winner Huong Trinh

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Being a part of the GWS program at UIC not only become a better person but a better activist as well. The professors that I’ve had the pleasure to study under equipped me with an abundance of knowledge that I will now carry with me throughout my personal and professional life.

2021 Graduate Student Prize Winner Shilpa Menon

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As a concentrator, my thinking and praxis have been shaped by the generous and careful mentorship of GWS faculty, and by extraordinary peers I meet in my courses. I am grateful for this recognition, and look forward to using the prize towards field work that remains accountable to the transformative visions of social justice I have been exposed to at GWS.

2021 Graduate Student Prize Winner Krysten Stein

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I am extremely honored to be receiving such an important award — the 2021 Graduate Prize in Gender & Women’s Studies! Receiving this award would not have been possible without my community of support, including mentors, colleagues, comrades, friends, and family. To all these folx for whom I have the deepest respect, and from whom I derive the strength to challenge myself and push forward, thank you! In the words of bell hooks, “To build community requires vigilant awareness of the work we must continually do to undermine all the socialization that leads us to behave in ways that perpetuate domination.” (Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope)

2021 GWS Completion Award Winner Lydia Hou

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I am so grateful for this award supporting my dissertation research, I will always feel like GWS is my true home at UIC as I have made such lasting connections with this incredible feminist, anti-racist, social justice oriented community. Thank you GWS for everything you do to support and encourage all your students!