Darious Singleton Recognized for Social Justice Work

Rising 3L Darious Singleton will be recognized for his work in the community.

On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, the 18th Annual Washington Health System Teen Outreach Awards will be held virtually, honoring Singleton with the Social Justice Award for promoting diversity, altruism, courage, respect and faith in humanity. "During my undergrad at Washington and Jefferson College, I was a member of multiple organizations centered around race, gender and sexual orientation and advocacy for issues that affected those communities," said Singleton. He noted that his long-running commitment to equality and social justice for marginalized people was the reason he wanted to study law.

"I chose Duquesne because here I'll pursue a law degree with options to continue social justice work. This is why I did my clinic at the Public Defender's Office this past school year," said Singleton.

Singleton currently serves as a peer advocate and a research intern conducting research for an upcoming text book centered around women's reproductive health.

According to the organization, an awardee for the Social Justice Award must possess the following qualities:

  1. Adherence to the Academy's philosophy of #EachPersonIsAPersonofWorth, as evidenced by interactions with others, philosophy, and behavior with young people.
  2. Honor adolescent culture while acknowledging it as unique and different from adult culture.
  3. Stand with all types of young people as they find their voices and encourage full expression of those voices without judgment.
  4. Model respectful behavior towards all people.
  5. Know the principles of Dr. Kimberle' Crenshaw's theory of intersectionality and model said tenets.
  6. Include young people in decision making when a proposed intervention affects their culture.
  7. Respectfully but firmly call out colleagues who do not respect and honor all people.
  8. Provide/support inclusive youth programming that reaches out to all young people, regardless of ability, age, class, faith/belief system gender/gender identity, race, or sexuality.
  9. Model allyship, the skill of becoming an accomplice and advocacy.
  10. Work towards a more equitable world.

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