Past Award Recipients

Most Recent Winners

The 2018 Carol Mason Student Activism Award Winner is Rosann Mariappuram!

The Take Root Steering Committee is proud to present the 2018 Carol Mason Student Activism Award to Rosann Mariappuram. Rosann is deeply committed to intersectional reproductive justice work. Currently in her third year of law school, Rosann has demonstrated her dedication to serving the populations most affected by reproductive oppression through her work with Lilith Fund, Jane’s Due Process, an immigration law clinic, the INCLUDE Clinic for differently abled people, the Civil Rights Clinic, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, and Law Students for Reproductive Justice.

 

2018 Carol Mason Student Activism Award Winner Rosann Mariappuram with Take Root Director JoAnna Wall

 

The 2018 Spreading Roots Award Winner is Sandra Criswell!

The Take Root Steering Commitee is proud to present the 2018 Spreading Roots Award to Sandra Criswell. A recipient of the URGE Generations Leadership Award, Sandra’s past reproductive health, rights, and justice work includes communications, organizing, facilitation, and leadership development for Oklahomans for Reproductive Justice (OK4RJ), Provide, Trust Women, and Take Root, as well as currently serving on the board of directors for All-Options. Based in Oklahoma for 15 years, Sandra has recently returned to her childhood home of California, where she lives and works in Oakland, cooking and serving dreamy outdoor dinners to her loved ones, and training to be a pilipinx matriarch.

 

2018 Spreading Roots Award Winner Sandra Criswell with Take Root Director JoAnna Wall

 

The 2018 Staying Rooted Award Winner is Senator Connie Johnson!

The Take Root Steering Committee is proud to present the 2018 Staying Rooted Award to Senator Connie Johnson. Senator Johnson recently retired after serving 33 years in the State Senate, representing Oklahoma City’s predominantly African American “Eastside,” where her focus on health and human services issues that disproportionately affect the economic and social well-being of the poor, minorities, women, children, and people with disabilities was game-changing. Johnson made Oklahoma history as the first woman and African American to win the U.S. Senate nomination of any major political party. Her legislative efforts and reproductive health and rights advocacy helped lead to the defeat of Oklahoma’s “Personhood” Bill in 2012.

 

2018 Staying Rooted Award Winner Senator Connie Johnson with Lynn Paltrow, Executive Director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women and Emma Newberry-Davis, Assistant Director of Take Root

 

Past Recipients

The Carol Mason Student Activism Award

2017: OU Disability Inclusion & Awareness
2016: UCO-NOW
2015: Kelsey Kolbe, University of Oklahoma
2014: Valarie Lambert, University of Oklahoma

The Spreading Roots Award

2017: Reia Chapman, LCSW
2016: Coya White Hat Artichoker, First Nations Two-Spirit Collective
2015: Diana Thu-Thao Rhodes, Advocates for Youth
2014: Sally Burns, Carr Center for Reproductive Justice at NYU School of Law

The Staying Rooted Award

2017: Trust Women
2016: Sandy Ingraham & OKC Artists for Justice
2015: Cecelia Fire Thunder, Oglala Sioux Tribe
2014: Martha Skeeters, co-founder of Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice