Social Justice Award

The Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership established this award to be given annually during the Reflection in Action: Building Healthy Communities™ event. The award was named in honor of Boston's own Ruth M. Batson, an individual who represented the vision and purpose of RIA. Batson was a distinguished Boston matriarch who advocated tirelessly on behalf of those marginalized by society. Without exception, her life’s mission was consistent with the vision and goals of this office. She advocated on behalf of increased diversity in educational institutions, improved individual and community health services, and increased awareness of educational opportunities Ruth M. Batson was a role model for civic engagement.







Dr. Carol R. Johnson, Superintendent, Boston Public Schools

J. Keith Motley, Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts, Boston

S. Allen Counter, DMSc, PhD, Director of the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations

James C. Mullen, President and CEO of Biogen Idec

In the News: Focus - June 25, 2010

JudyAnn Bigby, Massachusetts Secretary of Health

In the News: Focus - May 15, 2009

John M. Auerbach, Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health

Susan Batson
The inaugural award was presented to Susan Batson, the legendary daughter of Ruth M. Baston