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Grace Holt Awards

The Department of Black Studies sponsors an award fund and annual legacy events and in commemoration of Grace Sims Holt, Professor Emeritus and founder of UIC's Black Studies Program. Professor Holt joined UIC in 1968 as an Associate Professor of Speech and Communications was tasked with establishing the campus Black Studies Program, which she headed from 1974 to 1986. In addition, Professor Holt helped gain recognition for black English as an object of study and consistently pushed for maintaining high levels of standards for students that allowed for alternative evidences of accomplishment.

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Grace Holt Memorial Award Black Studies Departmental Award Honorable Mention
2023 Priscila Pereira; Katrina Washington Skye Vera; Nathan Turmna Juliana Davis; Darrin Collins
2022 Breigha Adeyemo; April Andry Rah'man; Inez White Chrisstin Jones Christine Hier; Yasmeen Abuhayyeh
2021 Brian Colar; Sekordri Ojo; Sangeetha Ravichandran Jasmine Hoeffner; Susan Singleton Tristen Ortiz
2020 Deziree Brown; Yvonne Livingston; Ogechi Oparah; Gabrielle Powell Jasmine Roberson; Melissa Danikowski
2019 Amanda McDonald LaCreshia Birts
2018 Regina Baker Rasann Booker Jon-Tel Carter; Tauja Merriweather
2017 Taelor Scott Katie Speth Ethalle Thompson
2016 Ash Stephens Travell Williams