Iris Marion Young Award for Community Engagement Winners Announced

young in a red sweater in front of a bookcase

Five members of the Pitt community have been granted the 2017 Iris Marion Young Award for Community Engagement. Sponsored by Pitt’s Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program and Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, the award annually recognizes Pitt faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and staff members for their work to advance social causes in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The honor is named for the internationally renowned philosopher and activist for gender equity who served on Pitt’s faculty in the 1990s (pictured).

This year’s Iris Marion Young Award honorees are:

  • Sara A. Goodkind, associate professor in Pitt’s School of Social Work, researches programs and services for young people, particularly those in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.
  • Abigail R. Cartus and C. Elizabeth Shaaban, both graduate students in the School of Public Health, are cofounders of Pittsburgh Lead Action Now, a citizen-led group working for lead-free drinking water in Pittsburgh.
  • Shenay D. Jeffrey, an outreach coordinator for PittServes, a University-wide initiative that organizes student involvement with such volunteer opportunities as Pitt Make A Difference Day.
  • Mary-Katherine Koenig, an undergraduate student studying English and history in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, campaigned for a birth-record modernization law in Illinois and launched a photography series centering on transgender communities in Chicago in Pittsburgh.