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Ozkececi-Taner Receives Wesley Center Social Justice Award

The Wesley Center Social Justice Award was established in honor of Professor Emeritus Donald P. Irish to recognize Hamline University faculty and staff for their work on behalf of human rights, social justice, and peace. The award recognizes someone who integrates social justice into all aspects of their leadership on campus. This year’s recipient of the Wesley Center’s Social Justice Award is Dr. Binnur Ozkececi-Taner.

Ozkececi-Taner is an associate professor of political science in Hamline University's College of Liberal Arts. Since joining Hamline, she has taught courses on international relations, Middle East politics, foreign policy, ethnic and civil conflict, security studies, and political research and analysis. Ozkececi-Taner has published numerous articles and book chapters and presented her research at national and international conferences. She holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, a master's degree in peace studies from the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute, and a doctorate degree in political science from Syracuse University.

Ozkececi-Taner receives this award for social justice because of her dedicated, passionate, effective leadership, and initiative in responding to students' food insecurity needs. In the fall of 2017, Ozkececi-Taner decided that she would "do all the good" during the Power of One Day, inviting many of her faculty colleagues to donate towards establishing a food resource fund for students in crisis and emergency situations. Her good community organizing brought forth a successful match which then helped inspire other staff, faculty, and students to contribute, raising a total amount of $6,800. For her commitment to students at Hamline, sensing their needs, and advocating for responding to food insecurity, the Wesley Center awards Ozkececi-Taner the 2018 Social Justice Award.