2009 Flagg Social Justice Legacy Award Honorees and Nominees
Louise Austin | Javier Becerra | Paul Bernard | Beverly Calhoun | Robert Curry | Natalie Davis | Tameka Dean | GC's NAACP | Robin Harris | Felix Jones | Sandra Jones | Linda Watson-Kaufman | Dorothy Leland | Essie Lewis | David Luke | James Lunsford | Megan McGuire | Harold Simmons | Brittany Straham | Jonathan Straham | Otis Thomas | Daniel Troutman
Mentor, Educator and Trail Blazer are just a few words to describe her. She is active in her community as well as the GC community. She currently serves as the Senior Director of Enrollment Management and Access at Georgia College. She has been at GC for more than 4 years. She is a visionary who has long been advocating for diversity and social justice. She has become a mentor to many students on this campus and within this community, driving them to find their destiny. To them, she is known as "Mama Carter".
Her involvements range from:
• past Vice President and President of Milledgeville Old Capital Kiwanis club,
• advisor of the GC's Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement for Colored People,
• member of the Milledgeville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.,
• member of Baldwin's counties PTA, the Baldwin County Recreational Department and the Baldwin County Cub Scouts.
She has always found ways to connect the community to the university by actively encouraging community participation in programs such as Kwanzaa, AIM Academy. She has been able to overcome statistics and traditional protocol to provide enrichment education services to young African American males within the Middle GA community. She has turned this program into a program where student from all of the surrounding counties are competing for access.
Her involvement within the Milledgeville Community as an advocate for social justice and diversity has been exemplary. A colleague has summed Ms. Allia Carter up in this way –"She has dedication and commitment to uplifting the collective strength of our community by promoting academic excellence, commitment of service, and by providing a voice to those disenfranchised individuals.
A model of profound dedication and good humor. Always doing more and more. She is one of the most active member of this community with leadership roles in many organizations with commitment to social justice.
She was one of the first members of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Human Relations Commission and helped establish the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.
She has been an active member in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the NAACP, and Lee's Chapel AME Church.
She is the past president of Old Capital Kiwanis, Allied Arts, Boys and Girls Club. She has helped promote the Kiwanis BUG (Bringing Up Grades) program in the local schools and is Chair of the GC Learning in Retirement Program.
She is also active in Silver Hair Legislature. She has been instrumental in encouraging the admission of minorities for local colleges. She is an elected member of the GMC board.
Ms. Thomas has promoted social justice for the elderly and children of all ages. People who know her say that Ms. Thomas, has touched so many lives in a positive way--no one will ever know just how many.
2009 NomineesLouise Austin: A retired educator, over 20 years of commitment to social equality, and an active member of County Line Baptist Church, the Milledgeville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., FVSU Alumnae Association, and the local chapter of the NAACP.
Javier Becerra: A first year student at GC, and one of the founders of the newly formed Latino Student Alliance, he gives youth and exuberance to the cause of diversity on the GC campus. He has also worked to help start a GC chapter of Lambda Sigma Upsilon, Fraternity, Inc.
Beverly Calhoun: A retired paralegal, she is one of the parties responsible for Baldwin County at-large election to District Voting elections and tenant's rights, fair utility allowance, fair rent ranges and annual family day.
Natalie Davis: News editor of the Union Recorder, she has been a leading supporter in advocating community literacy and has devoted significant coverage not only to the GC-Facilitated Big Read but also to all community outreach that directs resources from the advantaged to the disadvantaged.
GC's NAACP: As the campus chapter, they have made significant strides to educating and empowering students about equal opportunities and have created what would appear to be a social concert, into a platform to educate and help their community.
Robin Harris: A well known professor, activist, and one of the founders of ANGELS "Aids Now Grasps Every Living Soul," she has served on numerous committees, developed a host of special programs and given much time to serving others and advancing HIV/AIDS awareness.
Felix Jones: As the Manager at Ruby Tuesdays in Milledgeville, GA, he has committed his life to encourage youth and teens to move in a positive direction through career advising, volunteering and mentoring.
Linda Watson-Kaufman- As the Director of Grants Proposal Development and Special Projects, she has been instrumental in obtaining millions of grant funding for disenfranchised youth in Middle Georgia.
Dorothy Leland: As the 10th president of GC, her well rounded background, foresight, commitment to excellence, and passion for the liberal arts mission have been instrumental in leading the university towards greater diversity and it has emerged as one of the top comprehensive universities in the South in a number of prominent national rankings.
Harold Simmons: As a member of the Board of education, code enforcement officer and minister, he is an advocate for youth and his efforts are aimed at changing the things that cause people to be excluded and disempowered.
Brittany Straham: A senior at BHS, she is determined to show that women are not door mats in life, is passionate about all areas of humanity and has a desire to make a difference in the governing laws of our state and in the world.
Jonathan Straham: A junior at Baldwin County High School, he is involved in multiple youth leadership and male initiative programs and has proven to be a leader that works selflessly to help his family and others in need.
Daniel Troutman: As a senior at GC, he founded BOOM (Body of One Outreach Ministries) whose sole purpose is to provide a safe haven for college students, of any religious affiliation, to continue their relationship with Christ in college.