The designers of a low-cost baby incubator, a pioneering reporter dedicated to training women to be journalists, and the founders of an organization that mobilizes U.S. military veterans to respond to disasters around the world were honored for their innovations in social justice during a weeklong series of events at Grinnell College.
The second annual symposium celebrating Grinnell’s Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize (also known as the Grinnell Prize) has ended. If you missed them, footage from the public presentations will be available soon. The public events included a very popular keynote address by Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s, as well as presentations by 2012 prizewinners Jane Chen and Linus Liang (Embrace and Embrace Innovations) and Cristi Hegranes (Global Press Institute). Prizewinners Jacob Wood and William McNulty, of Team Rubicon, were not able to attend the symposium because their organization mobilized its largest-ever relief effort for the Hurricane Sandy recovery. Instead, Wood and McNulty will receive their prize and discuss their work with students in the spring.
The symposium offered Grinnellians and visitors ample opportunities to meet with prizewinners in public and private events. Professors invited the winners to speak to students in related classes, such as Doug Caulkins’ Social Enterprise and Innovation and Mervat Youssef’s Representations of Arabs and Muslims in the U.S. Media.
Visit the Grinnell Prize page or follow the Rosenfield Program and Grinnell Prize on Facebook and #GrinnellPrize on Twitter for more photos from the events and to find out when the awards ceremony, keynote address, and honoree presentation are posted.