Five Students Honored for Social Justice Work

In AY 2016-2017, the Campus Faculty Association awarded five $1,000 scholarships to students engaged in outstanding social justice work on campus and in the community. All recipients are students in good standing who have been enrolled during the 2016-2017 academic year. Recipients were honored in February at an awards dinner at the Bread Company in Urbana.

Jacob Akstins, who is earning a B.S. in Actuarial Science with a Business minor, has served for two years as Nugent Hall’s Multicultural Advocate. He educates residents and residential life staff about social identity. He is currently leading a committee with Beckwith to run AY 2016-2017’s Disability Awareness Program with the goal of teaching others about accessibility on campus.

Perry Cline is earning his BSW in Social Work. A formerly incarcerated student, Perry works with a community re-entry program, First Followers, which assists formerly incarcerated people in their search for employment, education, and housing. His future professional goals include working with people who have experienced addiction and incarceration.

Hannah Jarman is a double major in Global Studies and Communication. She is currently the president of the UIUC Chapter of Amnesty International; her work has focused on immigrant rights, legal services, and access to healthcare. She is currently engaged in helping C-U becoming more welcoming for immigrants.

Karen Olowu, who is majoring in African American Studies and Urban and Regional Planning, is a founding member of Black Students For Revolution (BSFR). BSFR is a group of black and brown students seeking radical transformation in higher education. She has also served as vice president for the Student Pan-African Movement.

Muhammad Yousuf is majoring in Philosophy and minoring in Political Science and Gender & Women’s Studies. He has been active in Students for Justice in Palestine, including serving as president for two years. Recently, he has collaborated with Black Lives Matter in his campus activities and work to combat the proposed sales tax increase, which would expand the Champaign County jail.