MPC Member Rachel Hardeman was honored with the Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award at the University of Minnesota's twelfth annual Equity and Diversity Breakfast, which took place on Monday, November 4. The Josie R. Johnson Award was established to recognize Dr. Josie R. Johnson’s lifelong contributions to human rights and social justice both within and beyond her tenure at the University of Minnesota. The purpose of this award is to honor University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and students who exemplify Dr. Johnson’s commitment to creating respectful and inclusive living, learning, and working environments.
Dr. Hardeman earned this award thanks in part to her inspiring commitment to social justice and the fight for making health a human right. Her overarching goal is to contribute to a body of knowledge that links structural racism to health, identifies opportunities for intervention, and dismantles the systems that allow inequalities to persist. Congratulations to Dr. Hardeman on receiving this fantastic honor.