OGDEN -- Dean Curtis, an Ogden advocate and activist, was honored with a Pete Suazo Social Justice Award from the University of Utah College of Social Work.
The 12th annual awards went to three individuals and three organizations recognized as advocates and activists for social and economic justice.
Curtis has funded scholarships for Weber State University students and works with committees and organizations to help increase the enrollment of underrepresented groups in college. He has formed a community group to help Hispanic families achieve self-sufficiency, funded the production and distribution of a DVD to teach Hispanic families the value of higher education, and started a Spanish-language radio show ("El Grito de la Prosperidad," or "Shout for Prosperity") to help Hispanic families better navigate Utah's education systems.
Curtis was honored at a ceremony in the Okazaki Community Meeting Room of the University of Utah College of Social Work's Goodwill Humanitarian Building.
Other honorees are Christine Leishman Nelson, who helped create after-school and summer programs in St. George for children with mental illness; Yuderka Lewis, who assists and advocates for Latino/Latina students at Utah Valley University and serves as director of the school Latino Initiative; NAMI Latino de Utah Taskforce; the Salt Lake City Office of Diversity and Human Rights; and the Adelante Partnership, which serves the students of Jackson Elementary School, in Salt Lake City, with enriching activities and educational support.