On April 7, we will honor four individuals and groups engaged in very important social justice work in our community at the 9th Annual Social Justice Awards Gala. The McKinley Foundation takes pride in this event every year, as we highlight the people who put in the work to help level the playing field and support marginalized people right here in our home. The Social Justice awards were created to honor and celebrate the amazing work by the honorees, and affirm McKinley’s commitment to social justice work, one of its core missions.
This year’s winners are:
- Kathleen Hu, a U of I engineering student who started an organization called Dibbs, using technology to connect grocery stores’ surplus food for donations to local food agencies;
- YouMatter Studios, a company founded by students to develop video games that celebrate diversity and inclusivity;
- Danielle Chynoweth who, for 23 years, has been an institution builder for social and racial justice in the C-U community; and
- Faith in Place, a nonprofit organization that brings together social and environmental justice working with houses of faith across the state.