history of the gandhi award.
Arun Gandhi, Mohandas Gandhi's grandson, was the keynote speaker for the 2007 Gandhi Symposium.
The Gandhi Award was established by the School of Social Work in 1996. Since 1999, this award has been given annually to honor individuals and organizations that represent Gandhian—or social work—values. This year’s Gandhi Award recipients will join a select group of extraordinary individuals—nominated by their friends, colleagues, clients and agencies—who embody nonviolence, selfless service, and sustained social action.
Key Gandhian Concepts
- All of life is interdependent.
- Non-violent social action, truthfulness and love of all create change of social injustice.
- Self development is best achieved through service to others especially service to those in greatest need.
- Justice is for all.
- People have an ethical responsibility to the local environment and community or “think globally, act locally.”
- Self-realization is accomplished through material simplicity, nonattachment, nonstealing and trusteeship.
- The welfare of all, with priority to serve the oppressed is the basis of individual social responsibility.
Past Winners of the Gandhi Award
Mel Beckman, 2010 recipient of Gandhi Award, with Patty Carlson and Theresa Barron-McKeagney of the UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work
Frances Mendenhall, DDS
2006 recipient of Gandhi Award
(2010) Mel Beckman
(2009) Peg Fitzgerald
(2008) Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach
(2007) Carol Windrum
(2006) Frances Mendenhall, DDS
(2005) Mary Ann Beckman
(2004) Robert O. Epp
(2003) Linda Burkle
(2001) Dr. Robert Hitchcock
(2000) Jo Peterson
(1999) (Agency) Omaha Together One Community
(1996) Sabrina Prince