The Valder Social Justice Award


Mike Valder (’62) created this award in 1988 in memory of his late brother Robert Valder (’60) who was a civil rights activist. What started as an award in name and in a financial contribution to a student’s tuition, transformed to an 8-10 week summer experience working at a social justice organization.  Juniors going into their senior year have worked at places such as The National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice (currently IWJ), Network (a Catholic Social justice Lobby in DC), Catholic worker houses and farms, immigration and refugee service organizations, community organizing agencies and the list goes on.

“My Valder summer was a transformational time for me. During my summer, I worked on a local "Janitors for Justice" campaign and and lived in a Catholic Worker house with newly arrived refugees. The summer allowed me to experience Catholic Social Teaching firsthand. I was connecting with people on an individual level, while also starting to grapple what it meant to work for change on a systems level. My Valder summer gave me a strong social justice foundation. Upon graduation from Loras College, I spent a year as an Amate House volunteer, working as a case manager for asylum seekers in the United States. I then completed my masters in social work with a community health concentration. I now work with a not-for-profit hospice as a social worker where I am able to walk with patients and families as they navigate the end of life journey. My current place of employment encourages me to stay politically active and to work on issues that would benefit those we serve.”
-Maureen Ryan ‘05
 
2013
Betsy Schmitz
Catherine Brandt
Katie Kasten

2012
Nancy Pater
Katelyn Eichorst
Morgan Washburn

2011
Nick Satterlee
Carolyn Windberg
Sara Pennebecker
 
2010
Yvette Andersen
Amy Kirkpatrick
Brittany Trewin
Kelli Wiederholt
Morgan Murphy
 
2009
Teanna Cardin
Neil Mohlman
Kelsey McElroy
Nichole Hayden
 
2008
Katherine Flattery
Katie Angell

2007
Abigail Calvert
Lisa Ballard
Amanda Dellwo

2006
Claire Roehre
Wendy Schrunk
Jana Hosek

2005
Maureen Ryan
Jennifer Haut

2004
Lindsey Coulter
Theresa Deutsch

2003
Lisa Salem
Tara Nelson
Joanna Diem

2002
Anastacia Edwards
Crystal Schwartz

2001
Melissa Link
Elizabeth Haag
Natasha Weitl

2000
Christen Bahr
Megan Nolan

1999
Maria Murphy
Elizabeth O’Connor

1998
Elizabeth Loebach
Chad Griesel

1997
Cynthia Ihm

1996
Jaci Dunne

1995
Angela Giarratano

1994
Theresa Hinnenkamp

1993
Elizabeth Kennedy

1992
Cathy Heying

1991
Laura Ryan

1990
Nancy Zachar

1989
Don Dunbar

1988
Jackie Scherrman
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