Prior Recipients

2015

 

Claire Naomi Kaplan, Ph.D.
Curry School of Education ’04
Troy, VA

Claire Kaplan, Ph.D., is director of the Gender Violence and Social Change Program at the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center. A self-described “late bloomer,” Claire came out to herself and the world when she was 29 years old, following many years of progressive/feminist social justice activism.

A California native, she moved to Spotsylvania, Virginia in 1989 with her now-wife, Lisa J. Berke and seven cats, to direct a national grassroots anti-rape organization. She then worked as a reporter for a small cable news station in Fredericksburg, until she was hired as the University’s first full-time Sexual Assault Education Coordinator in 1991 (which evolved into the Gender Violence and Social Change Program at the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center).

Claire received her BS from the University of California at Davis (Environmental Design and Animal Behavior), her Masters Degree in Professional Writing (screenplay and non-fiction) at the University of Southern California, and her Ph.D. in Education from UVa in 2004. Her doctoral research focused on undergraduate campus feminist activists and their ability to sustain their activism after graduation.

Claire is rarely shy about speaking up, and quickly found the LGBTQ community at the University when she arrived. One of Claire’s earliest UVa memories was the historic and emotional moment when a group of faculty and staff met to launch UVa Pride (the faculty, staff and graduate student association) in 1991. In the mid-1990s, she served as the group’s co-convener with History professor Nick Edsall.

Claire was deeply involved in the long-term struggle to achieve equity for same-sex couples at the University, meeting regularly with senior administrators to gain official recognition of our families, in order to get health benefits for partners and children, and family memberships to the AFC. Claire was also involved with the committee that worked with the University to open the LGBTQ Center, served on the board of the Serpentine Society, and worked with student sexual assault peer education organizations to become more inclusive of LGBTQI people as well as all marginalized groups.

Among her publications are: “Domestic Violence–Intimate Partner Violence,” (Emergency Medicine Specialty Reports, 2006); “Shattered Pride: Resistance and Intervention Strategies in Cases of Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, and Hate Crimes Against Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Students,” in Toward Acceptance: Sexual Orientation on Campus, edited by Nancy Evans and Vernon Wall (University Press of America: 2000), and “A Mother’s Loss: Reflections on the Sharon Bottoms Decision,” for In Other Words, Winter, 1993. She also was film critic and feature writer in Women’s Arts for The Washington Blade from March 1991 to 1993.

These days Claire lives with her wife, Lisa J. Berke, and their daughter Sammy in Louisa County. She has determined to reclaim her creative self by taking classes in stained glass, mosaic, and glass blowing, and hopes to finish her children’s book before too many decades have passed.

 

 

Previous Award Winners

2014

Sharon McGowan
College ’95
Takoma Park, Md

2013

Claire Guthrie Gastañaga

Claire Guthrie Gastañaga
Law ’74
Richmond, VA

2013

Holiday Simmons

Holiday Simmons
College ’00
Atlanta, GA

2012

Will Trinkle

Will Trinkle
College ’81
Roanoke, VA

2011

Michael Guest

Michael Guest
GSAS ’81
Washington, DC

2010

Jesse Gilliam

Jesse Gilliam
College ’99
Seattle, WA

2010

Maria K. Pulzetti

Maria K. Pulzetti
College ’99
Philadelphia, PA

2009

Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke
College ’84
Charlottesville, VA

2008

Matt Paco

Matt Paco
College ’95
New York, NY

2007

Richard Babson

Richard L. Babson
College ’81
Boston, MA

2006

Charlotte J. Patterson
UVa Faculty
Charlottesville, VA

2005

K. Scottie Ginn

K. Scottie Ginn
SEAS ’80
Lagrangeville, NY

2004

Nancy Andrews

Nancy Andrews
College ’86
Detroit, MI

2003

Joe Baker

Joe Baker
Law ’87
New York, NY

 2002

Richard P. Keeling

Richard P. Keeling, MD
College ’69
New York, NY

2001

Robert Witeck

Robert Witeck
College ’74
Washington, DC

2000

Michelle Benecke

Michelle Benecke
College ’83
Arlington, VA

1999

Bernard D. Mayes

Bernard D. Mayes
UVa College of Arts & Sciences
Faculty (1984-1999)