UIC Office of Diversity Announces Winners of New Faculty Awards
Anna Guevarra, PhD, founding director and associate professor in the Global Asian Studies Program, co-principal investigator of the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution Initiative and co-principal investigator of the Social Justice and Human Rights Cluster, was named the recipient of the 2022 Community Engagement Faculty Award.
Guevarra’s achievements include developing extensive relationship-building, service and engaged research with community-based organizations, creating a public history project, and developing community-engaged curriculum, programming and policy initiatives.
“Getting institutional recognition for this work is not only validating and motivating for me personally, but it also centers a model of community engagement that works in service of the communities in which we live and work, uplifting local community organizations along the way,” Guevarra states.
Guevarra hopes that this award can help foster a new paradigm for envisioning and rewarding ethical engagement and labor with communities. Ultimately, she would like to see community engagement re-conceptualized as a form of social justice praxis centered on building reciprocal and ethical relationships with local and extended communities.
As part of these awards, recipients will each receive $5,000. They will also be honored at the annual Faculty Awards Ceremony and Reception, which will be held in the fall.