The 2014 Recipient is Dalia Al-Awqati
The Howard Richards Ethical Construction Award (HRECA) is presented to an outstanding Earlham College Peace and Global Studies Graduate in recognition of:
- Steady commitment to peacemaking with devotion to understanding and transforming the root causes of violence,
- Dedication to the ethical construction of a culture of peace, which involves transforming the cultural structures that generate violence, and
- A consistent practice of establishing cooperative, democratic and empowering social change processes as both ends and means.
At this year’s PAGS 40th Reunion, the 3rd HRECA was given to Dalia Al-Awqati, a 2003 graduate of the PAGS program, for her work over the last 11 years.
Since Dalia graduated, her experiences have taken her many places: Washington, D.C., Jordan, the Palestinian Territories, northern Iraq, and Egypt. Dalia’s work in the Middle East is predominantly in the field of international development and humanitarian assistance – in a variety of positions supporting more socially and economically just environments for marginalized and vulnerable people. Her efforts to deal with the effects of both physical and structural violence range from delivering direct point of entry humanitarian assistance to working with beneficiary groups to transform their realities through community development, advocacy, and policy work. As she puts it, “First comes assistance, then comes engagement, then comes empowerment.”
Professionally, believing “infinitely” in the value that other people bring to work and to life, Dalia feels fortunate that she has found the values of collaboration and cooperation embedded throughout Earlham and particularly in the PAGS program to be those that guide her employers. For Dalia, living democracy means living with and for “people engaged and voices heard.” Her work of empowering social processes situates itself in contexts of respect, negotiation, and compromise – with oneself as well as with counterparts “in the presence of honesty and transparency.”
Congratulations, Dalia. We honor your enduring commitment to constructing a culture of peace!