Past Award Recipients

Most Recent Winners

The 2017 Carol Mason Student Activism Award Winner is the student organization, OU Disability Inclusion and Awareness!

The Take Root Steering Committee is proud to present the 2017 Carol Mason Student Activism Award to the University of Oklahoma Disability Inclusion and Awareness (DiNA). DiNA advocates on the behalf of all students with disabilities to ensure their rights to a fair and equal education opportunity. They promote campus safety and accessibility as well as participation in campus activities for students with disabilities. DiNA also works to increase the knowledge about and acceptance of those with disabilities.


The 2017 Spreading Roots Award Winner is Reia Chapman!

The Take Root Steering Commitee is proud to present the 2017 Spreading Roots Award to Reia Chapman. Reia is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Family and Maternal Wellness, PLLC and a Clinical Social Worker licensed to practice psychotherapy in North and South Carolina. Reia is also a social and reproductive justice advocate and currently serves as the Southern Organizer for SisterSong, the National Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective as well as an Advisory Council member for Social Workers for Reproductive Justice (SWRJ.)


The 2017 Staying Rooted Award Winner is Trust Women!

Katie Knutter and Molly Oakley of Trust Women with Emma Newberry-Davis, Take Root Assistant Director

The Take Root Steering Commitee is proud to present the 2017 Staying Rooted Award to Trust Women. Trust Women is a leading reproductive health and rights organization working to re-establish access to abortion care in underserved areas. Julie Burkhart founded Trust Women to honor Dr. George Tiller’s commitment and continue the work he did at Women’s Health Care Services. Trust Women is dedicated to protecting — through direct services, communications, and advocacy — the rights of pregnant people everywhere, especially in Midwestern and Southern states. In 2016, Trust Women opened the South Wind Women’s Center in Oklahoma City, expanding access to abortion and reproductive health care.


Past Recipients

The Carol Mason Student Activism Award

2016: UCO-NOW
2015: Kelsey Kolbe, University of Oklahoma
2014: Valarie Lambert, University of Oklahoma

The Spreading Roots Award

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

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