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Alicia Garza Awarded Clarkson University Honorary Degree

Alicia Garza, special projects director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree at Clarkson University's 123rd Commencement on Saturday, May 7.

Alicia GarzaThe degree was awarded for “her resolute work furthering the cause of social justice; for organizing communities in the service of human dignity; for her vision of a future empowered by the things that connect us all; for her efforts to elevate our potential and help us reach it; and for her collaborative spirit that inspires as it unites."

A co-creator of the social media hashtag Black Lives Matter, Garza’s work challenges her audiences to celebrate the long, complex and international black radical tradition and the contributions and narratives of black queer women.

Garza is also the Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women. Her work reflects organizational strategies and visions that connect emerging social movements.

She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her organizing work, including the 2015 Root 100 list of African American achievers and influencers between the ages of 25 and 45, and was featured in the 2015 POLITICO 50 guide to the thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics. In 2016, Fortune magazine named her to its annual list of the World’s Greatest Leaders.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

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