Westminster’s 2022 Unsung Hero Awards

January 21, 2022 

Westminster held its Unity Gathering January 21, 2022 as part of the college’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. The event provides an opportunity for members of the Westminster community to connect and have conversations about diversity, community, and engagement. The program also includes the Unsung Hero Awards— recognizing campus and community members who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.  
 
The 2022 Unity Gathering keynote speaker is the Reverend Dr. Oscar T. Moses, pastor of Utah’s historic Calvary Baptist Church. The Unsung Hero Award is given to students, staff, faculty, campus units, and community partners who have demonstrated exceptional courage, conviction, and capacity in their field of work or service that has made a positive and productive difference in the lives of individuals and communities. This year’s awardees are:  
 
Sophie Caligiuri, a senior at Westminster College and will receive an Honors Bachelor of Arts in philosophy with a minor in English this May. She has worked at the Dumke Center for Civic Engagement for four years and has held the position as team lead for the Community Engagement team for the past two years. She is also an assistant director of Westminster’s Writing Center, a member of the Ethics Bowl team, a copyeditor and contributor to the Honorable Mention, and a proud first-generation Legacy Scholar.  
 
Nancy Brown, Institutional Advancement staff member who loves working in the nonprofit sector and has been a fundraiser for higher education and children’s health care. She worked in the Utah Governor’s Office for nearly a decade and is passionate about civic engagement and community participation.  
 
Meghan Wall, faculty and chair of Westminster College’s Dance program, dance artist, educator, and advocate whose creative research lies in healing-centered and equity-oriented methods of training the body toward performance, and she advocates for access to dance across a spectrum of dancing bodies.  
 
Giovale Library, Westminster on-campus library recognizes that diversity, equity, and inclusion are imperative to the success and strength of the library and campus community.  
 
Plan-B Theatre, a local organization that develops and produces unique and socially conscious theatre created by Utah playwrights. It is the first professional arts organization in Utah history led by an artist of color and the first to be led by a majority-POC board.  

Watch the Unity Program