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Social Responsibility

From the beginning, our commitment to social responsibility has been a large part of our College history. Grinnell was a center for abolitionist activity before and during the Civil War. President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Grinnell alumni to positions in his "New Deal" administration.

Today, our commitment to social justice continues with the strong philosophy of self-governance and personal responsibility, as well as programs and initiatives that encourage students to learn about the world beyond campus and to create positive social change.

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History of the Grinnell Prize

The Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize, or the Grinnell Prize, directly reflects Grinnell’s historic mission to educate men and women “who are prepared in life and work to use their knowledge and their abilities to serve the common good.”

Winners

2014 Grinnell Prize Winners

The 2014 Grinnell Prize — a $100,000 award honoring young innovators in social justice — will be presented by Grinnell College to founders of two organizations making the world a healthier, cleaner place. The winners were selected from among 211 nominees who represent 34 countries and serve a total of 43 nations through their work.

Community Meal

Sept. 2, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Sept. 9, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Sept. 16, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Sept. 23, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Sept. 30, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Oct. 7, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Oct. 14, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Oct. 21, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Oct. 27, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Nov. 4, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Nov. 11, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Nov. 18, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Nov. 25, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Dec. 2, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Dec. 9, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Dec. 16, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm

Alternative Break

Grinnell College Alternative Break (GCAB) is a student-run organization that offers students the opportunity to travel as members of a fun, safe, and intentional service community during their Fall and Spring breaks. By living and working in the communities they serve, students develop new perspectives, enhance leadership skills, and participate in educational and hands-on community service projects.

Opportunities

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The Liberal Arts in Prison Program is funded almost entirely by private donations and grants. Your gift provides liberal arts education to incarcerated students and fosters Grinnell's commitment to social justice. All donations are tax-deductable.