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2018 LAS Alumni Humanitarian Award

2018 LAS Alumni Humanitarian Award

L-R: Kristine Ford (LAS Alumni Association); Dean Feng Sheng Hu, Rebecca Darr, Jerrold Levy (President, LAS Alumni Association)

The LAS Alumni Humanitarian Award is given to LAS Alumni who, through outstanding leadership or service, demonstrate the values derived from a liberal arts and sciences education by significantly improving or enhancing the lives of others.

Rebecca Darr (BS'90) received the award for her work on behalf of Women in Need of Growing Stronger Program, Inc. (WINGS). Darr became executive director of the program in 1999. WINGS provides emergency and transitional housing, and supportive services to victims of domestic violence and homeless women and children. The program has grown over the last nineteen years and she oversees a staff of 50 full and part-time employees.

In 2013, WINGS was awarded $1.8 million dollars to build the first new domestic violence shelter in the City of Chicago in over a decade. In November 2013, Vice President Joe Biden, along with Senator Dick Durbin, joined Mayor Rahm Emmanuel for the groundbreaking ceremony.

Darr is s member of the Psychology Alumni Advisory Board and also serves on the Cook County Commision on Women's Issues and several task forces including the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Northwest Surburban Alliance on Domestic Violence.



2018 Distinguished Alumni Award

Carrie Grady; Wendy Heller

L-R: Carrie Grady; Wendy Heller, Professor & Head, Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology honored Carrie Grady, a distinguished alumna, at our awards program on May 12, 2018. She was also the Department of Psychology's Commencement speaker on May 13, 2018.

Carrie GradyCarrie Grady earned her B.S. degree in Psychology (1999) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and M.Ed. in Counseling (2002) from Loyola University Chicago. Carrie began working with people living with chronic pain, illness and disability as an undergraduate student. She mentored students and created a workshop through the Counseling Center designed to promote greater understanding and awareness of non-obvious disabilities. During graduate school she worked in the Pain Clinic at Rush University in Chicago where she specialized in the psychological treatment of people living with chronic pain.

Carrie began her career in Human Resources at Deloitte. She continued her work with people with disabilities by helping to create Deloitte's Ability First Business Resource Group in 2006. This group is dedicated to the support and education of people with disabilities in the workplace, as well as being focused on community involvement and corporate giving to organizations that support individuals with disabilities in the greater Chicago area. Since her time at the University of Illinois, Carrie has felt a calling to promote greater understanding and awareness of mental health issues and how they affect individuals in school, the workplace, and society more broadly. She is continually working on developing Diversity & Inclusion programs that promote greater understanding and acceptance of people with different abilities.

Carrie is incredibly passionate about giving back and has served on numerous professional boards including the Center for Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University's School of Law, the Associate Councils of the Anixter and Lekotek Centers of Chicago, and since 2014, the University of Illinois Psychology Alumni Advisory Board where she currently serves as Vice President. She is energized about all of the ways in which that allows her to give back to the students and faculty at the University.


Section 2



Alumni Spotlight

Alumna Receives Top Award from CollegeAlumna Receives Top Award from College

Dr. Elizabeth Pieroth (BS'88) was one of five alumni selected to receive the 2016 LAS Alumni Achievement Award.

Undergraduate Spotlight

Undergraduate Career Exploration AwardUndergraduate Career Exploration Award

The Undergraduate Career Exploration Award was created by the Psychology Alumni Advisory Board. Read about the three recipients in the 2015 Fall issue of Psychology Times: