A highlight of our work at LeaderShape is learning about the contributions that LeaderShapers are making in their communities and for the world. Each year, when reviewing the applications for the annual Palmer Award, we have the privilege of doing just that.
We recently announced Felix Hartmann as this year’s recipientand shared the work of some of the award finalists. Now we’d like to introduce to the final two Palmer Award finalists:
Phoebe Lockhart imagines “a world in which all women are legally, socially, and educationally empowered and free from the snares of human trafficking.” And she has been working to understand and fight against the issues of human trafficking through her time as a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, volunteer opportunities, and a social justice fellowship.
Through Phoebe’s research, which examined sex trafficking in North Dakota specifically, she has come to learn more about socioeconomic and political factors that contribute to the demand for prostitution and supply of trafficking victims. She has also created “policy suggestions for legislators in North Dakota to combat the influx of sex trafficking” and “identified three statutory reforms that would increase penalties for purchasers of sex and provide support and protection for victims.” Phoebe has also given presentations and has been published in her university’s Women and Gender Studies Journal.
Beyond spending her time on research, Phoebe is a volunteer with the YWCA Lincoln, planning events that empower women and serving as the organization’s student board member. She participated in the Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program, developing a social just capstone focusing on “increasing women’s access to the civil justice system by improving the state’s pro-bono infrastructure.” Phoebe also volunteers at the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project.
Danielle O’Reilly, and Institute graduate from the San Francisco Bay Consortium session of the Institute, is working to raise awareness about dating violence and provide resources to survivors. This cause is particularly important to Danielle because it is personal. You can learn more about her story in an interview conducted by a peer from the Institute.
Through a campus organization she founded, Penguins for Peace (the school mascot in a penguin), Danielle has been able to introduce the campus community to issues related to dating violence through efforts such as a Sexual Assault Awareness Week and a viewing of “The Hunting Ground”, a film which discusses the mishandling of sexual assault cases. A partnership with the Center for Domestic Peace was also crucial to her efforts.
Danielle writes that attending the Institute helped her to regain her “passion for raising awareness about healthy relationships.” The experience also gave her to the tools to turn her dream and vision into a reality “in the form of Penguins for Peace.”