This award, established by his classmates, friends, and family, honors the memory and example of Charley Richardson, a member of the first class of Hampshire College students. Social justice movement building was central to the life and ideals of our friend and classmate. This award is designed to enable Hampshire students to use their energy, passion, imagination, and commitment to making change through activist movements. We seek to ensure that future generations of students will know of Charley and his life's work and in so doing will learn from his example and be inspired by his commitments.
Open to any currently enrolled Hampshire student, this award provides an opportunity to pursue work in direct collaboration with social justice organizations, communities, groups and efforts. The award is designed to support activities that involve and/or promote activism and will serve to strengthen the power of those whose voices are essential to changing a harmful status quo.
To review some of Charley’s work and legacy, see www.charleyrichardson.org and google “Charley Richardson” along with “Military Families Speak Out.”
The selection committee includes a member of the Richardson family and a representative from the Class of 1970. The award money will come from the income generated by the Charley Richardson Award Fund, an endowed fund.
Arenas for work in support of social justice efforts could include work involving racial and economic justice, workers’ and labor rights, climate justice, peace, human rights, work in support of immigrant communities, LBGTQIA communities, and other such efforts. Examples of social justice movements and organizations that amplify collective voice and power are:
NOTE: The award is not limited to the above named organizations or movements. Any activist movement working collectively for change, including student organizing, is a possible fit.
You will find the application materials on the Social Justice Summer Grant Website.