Toni Haraldsen (’14) to Receive Mary A. McEvoy Award for Public Engagement and Leadership
APRIL 7, 2014—The University of Minnesota Graduate and Professional Student Assembly has announced that Toni Haraldsen (’14) has been chosen as a recipient of the Mary A. McEvoy Award for Public Engagement and Leadership. This University-wide honor is given to one graduate and one professional student each year and carries a $1,000 scholarship. The award recognizes students who have demonstrated dedication and assistance that benefit an individual, a group, or a community, or that strengthen a democratic way of life. Haraldsen will receive her award and deliver a brief speech at the President's Student Leadership and Service Award Banquet, to be held April 30 in the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union.
As a student at the Law School, Haraldsen has chosen to focus on education law and policy, particularly restorative and transformative justice in schools, community-based school accountability, and anti-oppressive education. She currently serves as student director of the Special Education Law Clinic, which represents students with disabilities and their families. She is a student articles editor on Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice, as well as a student legal writing instructor and an admissions ambassador for the Law School's Admissions Office. Her extracurricular activities include the Fighting Mondales Hockey Club (she was a co-captain this season) and the Mondale FC Soccer Club. Outside the Law School, Haraldsen is a member of the Women's Student Activist Collective and a member of the executive board of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Group in Sexuality Studies.
Mary A. McEvoy, the award's namesake, was an internationally renowned scholar in the University's College of Education and Human Development, known for her work in early childhood education, special education, and the early language development and literacy of young children. She died in October 2002 in the plane crash that also took the lives of Sen. Paul Wellstone, his wife, Sheila, and several others.