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Sunday, June 15, 2008  
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Julius Hobson, Sr. Civil Rights Scholarships

Julius Hobson, Sr. was a civil rights activist in Washington, D.C., for some two decades.  He advocated for Statehood for the District of Columbia, education reform, housing, healthcare access, and employment for D.C. residents.  The Hobson Scholarship is awarded annually to students who share a passion for community advocacy. 

Nicholas Clark, ‘10, a Dean’s Fellow, attended the University of Iowa, majoring in Studio Art, and Theatre Arts (with honors in Theatre Arts).  He received the Julius Hobson and an AmeriCorps Grant for his advocacy for education equality, the poor, and peace activism for the Iraq War.  These experiences ultimately led him to UDC-DCSL and the pursuit of becoming  a community advocate.  Nicholas has come to appreciate the complexity of issues affecting urban youth and schools, in particularly nutritional and educational inequities in low-income communities.  He will use his legal education to empower and educate individuals, particularly young people about their legal rights to fight the inequities that plague their communities.

Dana WaltersDana Walters, ‘10, graduated with honors in Sociology and Urban Studies from Colorado College.  She has worked as a community organizer in Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C., and has focused her professional career on efforts to reform the juvenile justice system. 

From 2001 to 2004, she worked at the Center for Community Alternatives in New York City, advocating for juvenile felony offenders in an Alternative-to-Incarceration program.  She successfully argued before judges in all five boroughs for the release of eligible youth into a community-based supervision and treatment program.  From 2004 to 2007, she worked in Washington as an outreach coordinator with the Justice 4 D.C. Youth program, a coalition of D.C. youth, organizations, and parents working for a fair and effective juvenile justice system in the District.  At UDC-DCSL, Dana is a Dean’s Fellow, works as a law intern at the D.C. Office of Police Complaints, and has an Equal Justice Works Fellowship this summer at the Office of General Counsel within the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services.

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