2018 Aicher Award Winners

Celebrated for Leadership in Democracy

For more than 25 years, Everyday Democracy has worked with communities across the country to foster a healthy and vibrant democracy – characterized by strong relationships across divides, leadership development, including the voices of all people, and understanding and addressing structural racism. In 2017, the organization launched the Paul and Joyce Aicher Award Competition for Leaders in Democracy and Generation Justice of Albuquerque, New Mexico was the first recipient of the award.

In 2018, this distinguished award went to Beth Broadway, President/CEO of InterFaith Works of Central New York. Beth’s winning nomination was selected from 67 nominations of both individuals and organizations, in this second annual national contest.  She and her agency were awarded $10,000 and an award statue presented to Beth at a ceremony in Hartford, CT.  Learn more about Beth's work, as well as the accomplishments of the award runner up, finalists, honorable mentions and promising practices:

2018 Aicher Award Winner

Beth Broadway, InterFaith Works, Syracuse, New York

Relevant Links:
Beth Broadway,  InterFaith Works 2019 Aicher Award Winner Reeee         
InterFaith Works Website


2018 Aicher Award Runner Up

Mayme Webb Bledsoe, Duke / Durham, North Carolina

Relevant Links:
Mayme Webb Bledsoe of the Duke Durham Neighborhood Partnership in North Carolina
Everyday Democracy Press Release


2018 Aicher Award Finalists

Campus Compact of Oregon
Marcia DuFore of the North Central Regional Mental Health Board in Connecticut
Michigan Scholars Program

Relevant Links:
Campus Compact of Oregon Website
North Central CT Mental Health Board Website
Michigan Scholars Program Website


2018 Aicher Award Honorable Mentions

InterAction Initiative (Taeyin ChoGlueck and Deandra Cadet), Mishawaka, Indiana;
 Deeqo Jibril, Roxbury, Massachusetts

Relevant Links:

InterAction Initiative Website
InterAction Initiative Facebook Page
Deeqo Jibril - Refugee to Activist

2018 Aicher Award Promising Practices

The Connecticut Youth Forum, Hartford, Connecticut
Equity Arcata, Arcata, California
The Multicultural Resource Center, Ithaca NY
Tracey Robertson, FitOshKosh, Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Relevant Links:
The Connecticut Youth Forum Website
Equity Arcata Website
Multicultural Resource Center Website
Fit Oshkosh Website


2017 Aicher Award Winner

Generation Justice, Albuquerque New Mexico

Relevant Links:
Generation Justice Website
Award Ceremony Overview


2017 Aicher Award Finalists

Families United for Education, Albuquerque, NM
Rapid City Community Conversations
Racial and Social Justice Program of the Delaware YWCA: Project LEARN

Relevant Links:
Families United Facebook Page
Families United as Civic Change Champion
Rapid City Community Conversations Website
Delaware YWCA Website - Racial And Social Justice



2017 Aicher Award Honorable Mentions

S. Nadia Hussein of Bloomingsdale New Jersey
The Winchester Multicultural Network of Winchester Massachusetts
The West Virginia Center for Civic Life

Relevant Links:
About S. Nadia Hussein
The Winchester Multicultural Network Website
The West Virginia Center for Civic Life


2017 Aicher Award Promising Practices

WOKE, Greyslake, IL
Speaking Down Barriers, South Carolina

Relevant Links:

Speaking Down Barriers Website




January 1, 2019

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