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UNCC Justice Initiatives Award - Recipients
      
April 27, 2017
Justice Initiatives, Inc. has selected the two winners of the 2017 Justice Initiatives Award from the Criminal Justice & Criminology Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). This yearís award recipients are Elizabeth Hernandez (Undergraduate) and Holly Hall (Graduate).
 
  Elizabeth Hernandez is an undergraduate student studying at UNC Charlotte majoring in both Criminal Justice and English with a minor in International Studies. She is a member of both the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honors Society as well as the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. She had the privilege to be a Junior Marshall for the College of Liberal Arts graduation ceremony in December 2016. Elizabeth plans to graduate in Spring 2018 and attend law school in hopes of becoming a federal prosecutor. Her goal is to seek justice and use her position as a way to help others in the criminal court legal system.
  
Holly Hall is a graduate student in the criminal justice department at UNC Charlotte graduating in the fall of 2017. She believes that society plays a key role in the ways in which the criminal justice system operates, with specific regard to the judicial branch of government. As such, she aspires to make positive contributions to the treatment of juveniles within the criminal justice system. One such contribution she hopes to make is through obtaining a position within a juvenile rehabilitative program that assists juveniles to maintain prosocial lives and become productive members of society. After gaining experience in the criminal justice work, she plans to return to school to work on a doctoral degree in psychology.
  

    
April 28, 2016
Justice Initiatives, Inc. has selected the two winners of the 2016 Justice Initiatives Award from the Criminal Justice & Criminology Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). This yearís award recipients are Keely Crouch (Undergraduate) and Emily Luc (Graduate).
  
  Keely Crouch is from Philadelphia and graduated in May 2016. She studied Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology and Sociology, and was the president of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, and was part of eight other campus organizations. She hopes to continue on to law school and practice child advocacy and family law.
 
Emily Luc is a Master's student in the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department. She is currently working on her thesis, which includes running a latent class analysis on serial murderers. She has a wide range of research interests, from policing and corrections to victimology. She is on track to graduate in August 2016, and after graduating, she plans on working in the field before pursuing a Doctorate.
 

         
April 25, 2015
Justice Initiatives, Inc. has selected the two winners of the 2015 Justice Initiatives Award from the Criminal Justice & Criminology Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). This yearís award recipients are Lashieka Hardin (Undergraduate) and Adam Duso (Graduate).
 
  Lashieka Hardin is a junior at UNC Charlotte. She plans on graduating May of 2016 as a Criminal Justice Major, with minors in Journalism and English. Lashieka is the LSAT Committee Chairperson of the Pre-Law Society and she is running for Vice President. She is also a resident advisor, Student Alumni Ambassador, the Vice President of Road to Damascus Campus Outreach, Mentor for Big Dreamz, and Junior Marshal for the May 2015 graduation. In the future, she hopes to practice law as a prosecutor in Washington, D.C. Her goal is to also offer substantial pro-bono work to help underprivileged, minority individuals.
 
Adam Duso is a graduate student within the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. A veteran of the United States Army prior to studying criminology, his background is in pre-hospital medicine as an EMT. Adam's research interests include modern biosocial criminology & forensic psychology, with long-term academic goals focusing on a career in law as a criminal prosecutor.


         
April 24, 2014
Justice Initiatives, Inc. announced two students as the winners of the 2014 Justice Initiatives Award in the Criminal Justice & Criminology Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). This yearís award recipients were Christina Neitzey (Undergraduate) and Jessica Waldman (Graduate).
    
  Christina Neitzey, ia a member of UNC Charlotte's class of 2014 where she received a B.S. in psychology and B.A. in criminal justice, with minors in Spanish and political science . She is passionate about working to protect the best interests of children that have been abused and neglected, especially through her volunteer work as a guardian ad litem. At UNC Charlotte, Christina plays an active role in the Levine Scholars Program, serves as President of the Pre-Law Society, and helped launch UNC Charlotte's inaugural Dance Marathon to benefit the Levine Children's Hospital. In the future, she will pursue a career in the legal profession to practice law with the goals promoting both social justice and economic prosperity in society.
  
Jessica Waldman received a B.A in 2010 from UNCC Charlotte with a major in Criminal Justice with a Judaic Studies minor. She is currently completing her M.S. Degree in Criminal Justice at UNC Charlotte. During her graduate studies Jessica conducted research in the areas of immigration laws and reproductive rights legislation. She was chosen for this award based on demonstrating excellent academic performance and dedication to community level judicial initiatives. She aspires to work at the community level with minorities and the college aged population.
 

   
April 25, 2013
Justice Initiatives, Inc. announced two students as the winners of the 2013 Justice Initiatives Award in the Criminal Justice & Criminology Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). This yearís award recipients were Olga Statland (Undergraduate) and Diana Bailey (Graduate).
 
  Olga Statland is a member of UNC Charlotte where she received a B.A. in Criminal Justice. She was chosen for this award based on demonstrating excellent academic performance and dedication to attaining a Juris Doctor after receiving her Bachelorís Degree in Criminal Justice. Through the practice of law, Ms. Statland aspires to one day be in a position to help those around her.
 
Diana Bailey received a B.A. from UNC Charlotte with a major in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. She is currently completing her M.S. in Criminal Justice at UNC Charlotte. During her graduate studies Diana has done extensive research on policy making. She was chosen for this award based on demonstrating excellent academic performance and dedication to the Mecklenburg County Criminal Justice system. She aspires to use her future degree by implementing policies in drug courts that will keep certain offenders out of the traditional court system and decrease inmate recidivism rates.
     
     
April 18, 2012
Justice Initiatives, Inc. announced two students as the winners of the 2012 Justice Initiatives Award for graduate and undergraduate students in the Criminal Justice & Criminology Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC).
  Ms. Megan M. Sims received the 2012 Justice Initiatives Award for a graduate student in the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department at UNCC. She was chosen for this $500 award based on demonstrating excellent academic performance and dedication to the Mecklenburg County criminal justice system. Ms. Sims earned her Masters degree in Criminal Justice May 2012, and she aspires to have a career as Juvenile Court Counselor with the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
 
Photo Caption: Justice Inititiatives Board of Directors member, Dr. Anita Blowers (left) presented Ms. Megan M. Sims (right) with the Graduate Student 2012 Justice Initiatives Award.
   
  Ms. Cherrie Bullock received the 2012 Justice Initiatives Award for an undergraduate student in the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department at UNCC. She was chosen for this $500 award based on demonstrating excellent academic performance and dedication to the North Carolina Judicial System. Ms. Bullock is a rising senior at UNCC, studying Criminal Justice and Criminology and Psychology, and she aspires to one day be the first African- American female to serve as a Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Photo Caption: Justice Inititiatives Board of Directors member, Dr. Anita Blowers (left) presented Ms. Cherrie Bullock (right) with the Undergraduate Student 2012 Justice Initiatives Award.
     

     

 

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