Social Justice

Sharon Barker Student Activism Award: call for nominations-Due March 4, 2022

Sharon Barker, a passionate and dedicated advocate for women and girls in Maine, served as the founding director of the UMaine Women’s Resource Center from 1991 until her retirement in 2015. The Sharon Barker Student Activism Award recognizes an outstanding UMaine individual, group, or campus organization (undergraduate or graduate) that has shown dedication to social change and social justice.


Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Commitment – Demonstration of emerging or sustained commitment to the values of diversity, inclusion, and equity, and social justice .

  • Leadership – Recognizing individuals who are informal or formal leaders through influence and example, inspiring those around them and contributing to their communities and/or the university.

  • Achievement – Accomplishments both in and outside of the classroom, not necessarily grades or GPA. Examples include outreach projects, or research that benefits the community or illuminates important social justice issues.

  • Citizenship – Students who have made important contributions that benefit the entire university community.

The winner will be honored at the Maryann Hartman Awards ceremony and reception on April 1, 2022.


Students and faculty are invited to nominate individuals, groups, or campus organizations. Self-nominations will be accepted. Nominations should be submitted online, and will be accepted through Friday March 4, 2022.


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                   Sharon Barker Student Activism Award

The Sharon Barker Student Activism Award is intended to honor a current University of Maine student or student organization that exemplifies Sharon’s passion and commitment to social change. Link to Nomination Form for AY 22 above.