Iris Marion Young Award Nominations Due December 15

Nominations for this year's Iris Marion Young Awards (Staff, Faculty, Graduate, and Undergraduate) are welcome through December 15.  View the Call for Nominations here.

Like the philosopher, social theorist and former Pitt faculty member Iris Marion Young, this award recognizes that social activism takes many forms. Justice can be pursued in a variety of ways and places— in the classroom and workplace, in organizations, through specific projects, in academic scholarship, in politics and volunteer work. The venue doesn’t matter – the effort and quality of contribution does. We invite nominations of any member of the University of Pittsburgh staff, faculty, graduate or undergraduate community who work to promote social justice and democracy. We especially welcome nominations of individuals whose work explicitly engages issues of gender and sexuality. Nominate someone by December 15 using this form or by sending an email to Event and Selection Committee Chair Anne Marie Toccket at

Nominations must be received by Saturday, December 15, 2018.

Save the Date:  The Iris Marion Young Awards will be presented at a ceremony on Thursday, January 17, 2019.

The Young Award for Political Engagement honors Iris Marion Young, a philosopher and social theorist of international renown.  At Pitt, Young was a galvanizing presence, active in the then Women's Studies Program as well as within GSPIA. During her time in Pittsburgh, Young volunteered and organized on behalf of peace and social justice, fair labor practices, adult literacy, and children’s rights, among other causes, and she worked to combat hate groups and poverty. She died in 2006 of cancer.  We now honor Young’s memory by recognizing members of the Pitt community whose actions have had political impact within the University or beyond.  Learn more about the award and past winners here.

For more information, please contact Committee Chair Anne Marie Toccket at