The Jane Addams Award

Loras College established in 1998

The Jane Addams award commemorates the life and work of Jane Addams, generally considered to be the mother of social work.  Born in Cedarville, Illinois, on September 6, 1860 and graduated from Rockford College in 1882, Jane Addams established the world famous social settlement Hull House and the American settlement movement in 1889 after an inspiring visit to Toynbee Hall in London.   From Hull House where she lived and worked until her death in 1935, Jane Addams built her reputation as the country’s most prominent woman through her writing, her settlement work, and her international efforts for world peace.

Addams was driven to better understand the poor and help improve their lives.  Addams believed that receiving aid shouldn’t be a degrading experience.  “We have all accepted bread from someone, at least until we were fourteen.”  Through Hull House, Addams organized neighbors and communities to challenge unacceptable conditions and work toward more humane practices in employment, education, health services, and criminal justice.

An outspoken activist, Addams led the charge for social change through political reform and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 for her pacifist work during World War I.

The Jane Addams award is given to an outstanding senior who is involved in actively ameliorating unjust practices; a student who goes above and beyond the classroom expectations; is involved in volunteer activities on and off campus; demonstrates professional and ethical responsibility, and works towards a vision of the future through policy change or formation.

Loras Seniors: apply for the Award

Fellow social work students will nominate their outstanding peers in Field and Practice III classes in January.  Each student nominated will be asked to submit answers to the following:
  1. List the activities related to social work that you have participated in during your years in college.  (i.e. clubs, community activities, service trips, etc.)
  2. List leadership positions you have held throughout your years at Loras College.
  3. How have you involved yourself in social justice issues here at Loras?
  4. What contributions do you hope to make to the profession?

Award will be presented at the senior luncheon held each May.  All submissions must be received by March 1 of that year to be considered.  Social work faculty will make determination of the award.

Student awarded will receive a personal Jane Addams plaque as well as have their name placed on the perpetual plaque located in the Loras College department of social work.

For more information contact:
Nancy Z. Fett, L.M.S.W.
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