UROC awarded Zulu-Gillespie, UROC's director of community outreach, the 2014 University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Award. The award honors university faculty, staff, students and community partners who have made extraordinary and significant contributions to society through research, academic studies, or public service.
As UROC's chief community liaison, Zulu-Gillespie worked to establish alliances between the university and the community with the goal of creating long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships. According to officials at UROC, Zulu-Gillespie helped steer UROC through its early years, building trust and understanding of the university among north Minneapolis residents along the way.
Among her many accomplishments, Zulu-Gillespie was part of the university's Northside SEED grant team, she facilitates UROC's Engaged Dissertation Fellowship Program and is a graduate of the President's Emerging Leaders program. She is also a frequent guest on community radio and cable/network stations to share her community liaison perspective on urban community-university partnerships.
Other Outstanding Community Service Award recipients include Larry Jacobs, Faculty Award; Rahsaan Mahadeo, Student Award; and Teenwise Minnesota, Community Award.
The 2014 Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award recipients are Priscilla Gibson, Associate Professor, Faculty/Staff Award; and Daniel Nidzgorski, Student Award.
The Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award was established in honor of Josie R. Johnson in recognition of her lifelong contributions to human rights and social justice. The award honors university faculty, staff, and students who, through their principles and practices, exemplify her standard of excellence in creating respectful and inclusive living, learning and working environments.