On April 8, Roosevelt University President Ali Malekzadeh announced the 2020 winners of the Presidential Award for Social Justice. The award — one of the highest honors bestowed in the University community — recognizes students, faculty and staff who have an outstanding commitment to social justice.
Jackson Newsome, a student in Roosevelt’s clinical psychology doctoral program, was awarded the student social justice honor. Nominated by Professor Jill Coleman and Professor Susan Torres-Harding, Jackson was recognized for his contributions to a more fair and accepting climate for gender and sexual minority (GSM) individuals.
“Jackson’s dedication to social justice comes through not only in his academic work but in his professional work as a clinical psychologist,” said Prof. Coleman. “He is caring, compassionate, and committed to making positive change in the world around him.”
Jackson chaired Roosevelt’s All-Gender Restroom Task Force, which has expanded restroom access on campus. As part of his clinical training, Jackson also provided culturally affirmative and responsive clinical services to many Chicago communities.