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2 honored for efforts to stamp out racism

Awards named for social justice pioneer Val Joshua

By , Columbian Social Services, Demographics, Faith
Published: June 2, 2016, 6:03am

Two women received the Val Joshua Racial Justice Youth Social Justice Awards during a ceremony Wednesday at the YWCA Clark County headquarters in west Vancouver.

The awards recognize women carrying on the legacy of Val Joshua, a former board member dedicated to eliminating racism.

Felisciana Peralta received the Val Joshua Racial Justice Award for her work as the multicultural retention manager at Clark College and president of the Washington State Multicultural Students Services Diversity Council, as well as developing best practices for implementing the Dream Act at colleges around the state, according to a press release from YWCA.

She was nominated by Dolly England, the diversity outreach manager at Clark College, for “her commitment to education and combatting the impact of power, privilege, and inequity to eliminate racism and empower people from systemically non-dominant communities,” the release said.

Astrid DuBois, a graduating senior from Vancouver iTech Preparatory, got the Val Joshua Youth Social Justice Award & Scholarship.

Last year’s recipients of the annual award were Diana Perez, president of Southwest Washington’s League of United Latin American Citizens, and Fort Vancouver High School graduate LaQuoya Tyler.

YWCA Clark County is celebrating its centennial year.

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