Susan Briante, an associate professor of creative writing and literature, at a Southwest Field Studies orientation in Patagonia, AZ. (Photo: Alison Hawthorne Deming)
Institute of the Environment 2017

Two UA Professors Receive Haury Change Maker Awards

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

By Kaitlyn Fletcher, Institute of the Environment

The Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice has presented Change Maker awards to two University of Arizona professors to expand their work related to successful projects they launched with previous Haury funding.

Alison Hawthorne Deming, a creative writing professor in the UA Department of English and author, created a program in 2015 that takes UA Master of Fine Art students to Grand Manan Island in Canada to research and write about the environmental and cultural challenges surrounding the fishing industry there. In summer 2016, Deming broadened the program to fund two high school students from the Grand Manan community to attend the Biosphere 2’s Science Academy, providing a unique opportunity for these underprivileged students.

With the help of the Change Maker award, Deming plans to model the master student program in Grand Manan and develop a similar course in the Southwest U.S., near Patagonia, Arizona, focusing on borderland issues associated with climate change and social justice. The new program, titled Southwest Field Studies, will be available for UA students in summer 2017.

Nina Rabin, a clinical law professor at the UA James E. Rogers College of Law, provides pro bono legal and social services to low-wage immigrant workers and women with the help of her UA law students. The funds from her previous Haury award allowed Rabin to collaborate with the Florence Immigration and Refugee Right Program to expand pro bono representation for women. Now, Rabin will use the Change Maker award to increase the capability of others to help additional vulnerable women, children and families and enhance the UA student experience.

“Alison Deming and Nina Rabin produced innovative, outstanding outcomes with the funds the Haury provided them in 2015 and 2016. Their work made critical new contributions to giving voice to underrepresented youth and immigrants. They changed lives,” said Anna Spitz, director of the Haury program. “We are very pleased to have funds to recognize the important work they have done, their stewardship of Haury program funds and their continuation of Mrs. Haury’s legacy. "

The Haury program awards financial support to non-profit organizations, UA students and faculty and others who are working on environmental and social justice issues in the U.S. Southwest. In turn, the awardees encourage additional work by others to honor Haury’s legacy of innovative scholarship and support for social justice.