This annual award recognizes Women’s and Gender Studies majors or minors whose work in community service or activism best exemplifies application of feminist thought to practice.

Women’s and Gender Studies senior Amy Navvab’s leadership in the Open Housing Initiative has led to significant changes in University of Michigan Housing policy and practice which garners greater inclusion and access among transgender and gender non-conforming students. Prior to the beginning of the Open Housing Initiative, transgender students were handled on a case-by-case basis and often placed in singles in isolated environments in family housing and on north campus. Now, thanks to Amy’s diligent work leading a coalition of students, transgender students, gender non-conforming and allied students have the option to live in various housing options throughout University residence halls.  

In recognition of this leadership Women’s and Gender Studies is pleased to give Amy Navvab the 2013 Feminist Practice Award.