Saint Martin's student honored for outstanding achievement in student activism
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Lacey, Wash. - Amanda Allard, a criminal justice major who graduated from
Saint Martin’s College in May, is the recipient of the college’s Father Jerome
Toner, O.S.B., Award.
The award, presented each year by the college’s social science division,
honors outstanding achievement in student activism. It bears the name of a monk
of Saint Martin’s Abbey who was an internationally recognized labor scholar and
Known as “the labor priest of Saint Martin’s,” Father Jerome authored a
groundbreaking study, “The Closed Shop in the American Labor Movement,” and was
a grassroots labor organizer among the downtrodden in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was
named by President Harry Truman as a delegate to the International Labor
Organization conference and shared his insights and concerns about labor issues
with both U.S. and Vatican officials. Washington Gov. Albert Rosellini later
appointed him to the state’s Human Rights Commission, which he chaired. Although
Father Jerome’s work angered many people in power, he persisted in fighting for
the dignity and rights of workers throughout his life.
Allard was chosen for the award because she embodies the traits honored by
the Father Jerome Toner Award, says David Price, a Saint Martin’s associate
professor of sociology and cultural anthropology.
“She is a tireless activist working on campaigns for economic, racial and
gender equality,” he said. “Amanda's work with the Saint Martin's Social Action
Club focused on peace activism and women's rights.”
Allard is an Olympia resident.
For more information:
David Price Associate professor, sociology/cultural
Director of communication