College Awards $100,000 Prize To "Innovator For Social Justice"

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  • Grinnell College awards a $100,000 prize each year to an “Innovator for Social Justice,” and recently began accepting nominations for the 2018 recipient.
  • The "Innovator for Social Justice Prize" is the largest award given by a U.S. college for efforts to promote social justice, and has disbursed at least $1.5 million since 2011.

Grinnell College awards a $100,000 prize each year to an “Innovator for Social Justice,” according to a nomination form that went live on Sunday.

The “Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize” is the largest award given by a U.S college to promote social justice. Half of the money is awarded directly to the winner, while the other half goes to the organization that the winner represents.

“With the creation of the Grinnell Prize, the College is extending its educational mission beyond the campus and alumni community to individuals anywhere who believe innovative social justice programs create a better world,” the school boasts on its website, noting that students and staff members are offered the chance to work with prize-winners and their organizations through “student internships and staff fellowships.”

Funded with “discretionary funds from the College’s endowment,” the school has awarded at least $1.5 million dollars since the prize was launched in 2011. Three prizes were awarded in each of the first two years, after which the number was reduced to two until 2017, when only one recipient was selected.

The nomination form encourages people to nominate individuals, including current students and alumni, who are “a force for social justice,” noting that nominees “should have identified a concrete social justice need, designed creative and socially just solutions to address that need, and made a substantive impact through their hard work and dedication.”

The school asserts that there is not “one specific definition of social justice,” saying the concept should be “interpreted broadly” and that it’s up to the person who makes the nomination “to make the case as to how his or her nominee effects positive social change.”

Grinnell College President Raynard S. Kington defended the creation of the expensive award in a statement to the college community in 2011, acknowledging that “some people have asked me why the College is undertaking an expensive new initiative now, in such challenging financial times,” but vowing that the expenditure would not adversely impact the school’s budget or financial aid commitments.

“We decided we’d rather offer a prize that advances useful work and contributes more to the mission of the College than do other equally expensive things to build our prestige,” Kington explained, calling the prize “a creative way to achieve many of the College’s goals even in a time of tight money.”


Sudden Debt Frito Mon, 07/24/2017 - 02:55 Permalink

The  picture shows a white girl but that money always goes to blacks who study "negro historic rap culture" or some other very usefull classes.Parents should look to schools that promote that kind of crap and say "let's find you a normal college that doesn't just cost us money but actually teaches normal things" 

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az_patriot (not verified) Sun, 07/23/2017 - 23:49 Permalink

"Social Justice" is nothing but a liberal buzzword for their hypocrisy of the day.  Giving someone $100,000 for that crap?  Insane.

Global Douche BandGap Mon, 07/24/2017 - 03:45 Permalink

Although I agree with the first sentence (YES, I graduated from an Iowa college myself, just not THAT shithole!) I think it best just to laugh at these idiots. I had to deal with some liberal snowflakes while attending my college, but the State voted for shall-issue concealed carry permits during 2010. Before that time, the Sheriff issued permits to residents and they were not required to issue any at all. (My residence county was one of those) Thankfully, the majority of Iowans proved the existing laws were ridiculous and I think areas such as near the fairgrounds in Des Moines might be a bit safer due to that.

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CheapBastard Sun, 07/23/2017 - 23:59 Permalink

"And to the outstanding biochemistry student who developed an inexpensive portable method of creating water in the desert so millions wil not die of thirst ... we give that fine student a firm handshake of thanks and good luck ... as he crosses the graduation dias and a copy of his student loan repayment schedule."

Econogeek CheapBastard Mon, 07/24/2017 - 11:33 Permalink

As one of the (probably) very few Grinnell grads to read and post comments on ZH, I hope someone at Grinnell reads your excellent comment and nominates a science/math person whose work benefits people REGARDLESS of ethnicity.  Or a person whose work is color-blind, not targeting by ethnic group(s), but targeting by results achieved for a group that is undefinable by ethnicity. Social justice work seems to be defined by the left as working to change conservatives' minds.It might be better defined as work that benefits people or animals or the environment where they are under stress, making everyone a little more at ease, happier.  

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oldguyonBMXbike (not verified) Mon, 07/24/2017 - 00:05 Permalink

Death to the pedophile elite and their censors and propagandists.  I'll take my prize money now!

Yen Cross Mon, 07/24/2017 - 00:07 Permalink

 Funded with who's discretionary funds? Boxer , Pelosi, Waters, Feinstein, Brown, Schumer > discretionary funds?  Graft> at its most despicable obvious definitions.

Golden Showers Mon, 07/24/2017 - 00:28 Permalink

So there are many many people in need of really outstanding good oral sex, at least once in their life. I believe that Grinnel could put a Grinnel on a lot of faces with this "broad" interpretation. Get it? Broad?It used to be that when you went on a mission to do stuff no one gave a fuck, let alone 100k. But you bootstrapped and made an improvement that was it's own reward. And people catch on. Sort of like graffiti.Nowadays you might as well suck and suck and suck for that MONAY, because you're a SJW. Slithering jawbowning wench.Fucking great. See: I knew, I knew college was a fucking joke back in 2000. Now look: there's not even a fucking Radio Shack around. So suck this you stupid Grinnel scabs! Blow me!

VW Nerd Mon, 07/24/2017 - 00:36 Permalink

ZH Submission:"Take money from employed whitey and give it to third world refugee squeezing out babies like turds."  Do I get my prize??

U4 eee aaa Mon, 07/24/2017 - 00:37 Permalink

at least they will be able to pay off that student loan. Unfortunately, that will be the biggest payout they ever get until they make manager at the local Starbucks

CheapBastard Mon, 07/24/2017 - 00:58 Permalink

Never, ever give money to a college these days and, if you do, never donate it to the college president's 'discretionary fund' because he/she will most likely do shit like this or finance a 'safe space' for BLM thugs.I stopped donating to my college the very first time the MOFOS moved a statue off campus to pander to the handful of BLM students. Instead, I donated it to impartial groups like Judicial Watch, the NRA and two specific students who worked at my company and are really good kids who would never qualify for a scholarship since they are white.Now I can add conservative you tubers to my list to donate to like Lauren. Why not? It's better then funding terrorists on college campuses.We can partially thank Obama, Hillary, waters, Schumer, pelosi, etc for creating the most divided nation in 50 years.

NAV CheapBastard Mon, 07/24/2017 - 01:30 Permalink

And look what happened at my great alma mater, Mizzou. Already they’ve had to shut down four dorms because of their “social justice’ fiasco due to a massive enrollment decline following a cave-in to “race-related protests.” Mizzou Closing Four Whole Dorms Because Of Collapsing Enrollment

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Automatic Choke Mon, 07/24/2017 - 00:55 Permalink

I feel like such a loser.  All I've done my whole career is design and build things that work for people who want them.  Physics....electronics....optics....microcode....what's that compared to creating a space for social justice?

GRDguy Mon, 07/24/2017 - 01:00 Permalink

What a way to get the names and thoughts of future "trouble-makers." (for the governent)That's sure one list I wouldn't want my kids on.