2022 Casey O’Brien Outstanding Activist Award

The application process is now open for the Casey O’Brien Outstanding Activist Award.  The award is given in recognition of student activism (on or off-campus) and leadership within the areas of women’s issues, gender and sexual equality, and social or racial justice.

Casey O’Brien was a lecturer in Women’s and Gender Studies for ten years, beginning in 2008. She served a critical role in the development of the WGS undergraduate program, developing the course, WGS 211: Foundations of Women’s and Gender Studies Writing and Research, launching the WGS TA mentorship, and engaging students in service learning. As a result of her pedagogical innovations in the classroom, outstanding rapport with students, commitment to feminist teaching methods, and enthusiasm about the subject matter, she became an indispensable member of our teaching staff and a very popular teacher among our students, undergraduate and graduate alike.

Current Women’s & Gender Studies undergraduate students, WGS master’s students, and WGS graduate certificate students, whose activism and leadership address gender equality and/or social and racial justice, are eligible to apply.

Students who wish to be considered for this award must complete a description about their involvement in activism. You will find the link to the Casey O’Brien Outstanding Activist Award on your dashboard of the scholarship portal, or you may search for it by name.

The application deadline is March 10, 2022. Technical problems with the portal can be directed to let-sci@uwm.edu.