2021 Alumni Awards

Nominated by classmates and peers, recipients have distinguished themselves by service to their professions, communities, and the College

Frances Gray

Frances Gray ’71

Serving as a pediatrician in an Indianapolis urban clinic for 33 years, Dr. Gray provided care to immigrant, refugee, and Native Hoosier families facing language, cultural, and financial barriers. She also participated in a national project to coordinate community services to improve care of abused children and regularly mentors girls who are interested in medicine as a career.

Sheena Thomas

Sheena Brown Thomas ’71

Thomas is known as an artist and a community organizer. A goldsmith who co-owned Elements Ltd. in Des Moines, Iowa, for 25 years, she has made more than 100 individual medals for Grinnell students, faculty honored with endowed chairs, and winners of the Grinnell Prize. She has led numerous civic and social justice initiatives, including organizing nonpartisan Get Out the Vote walks in low-voter-turnout areas in Des Moines and collecting food and supplies for homeless immigrants in Cedar Rapids following the 2020 derecho.

Sally Campbell GalmanSally Campbell Galman ’96

A professor of child and family studies at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, Campbell Galman is a scholar and activist committed to improving the lives of children and their caregivers. She combines art and social science to capture a nuanced understanding of children’s diverse gendered lives across school, home, family, and community contexts and uses visual research as a vehicle for outreach and advocacy. She is the principal investigator of the Gender Moxie Project, a research group studying gender diversity in childhood.

Sabrina EaganSabrina Eagan ’96

Eagan has made remarkable contributions to public health through her work on HIV and tuberculosis projects around the globe. In her 18 years as a public health nurse, she has helped develop health networks in 15 countries. As a senior technical adviser at the JSI Research and Training Institute, she works to improve service delivery and patient management.

Jake JosephRev. Jake Joseph ’11

A minister at First Congregational Church of Guilford, Connecticut, Joseph is creating change through a focus on equity. A specialist in leadership, fundraising, teaching, and community organizing, he helped write a national framework for inclusion of people with disabilities in affordable housing, advocated for Habitat for Humanity initiatives, and helped plan one of the largest LGBTQ conferences in the world. His Grinnell volunteerism includes serving as co-chair of Grinnell-on-the-Front Range and co-founding the Grinnell-in-South­ern New England regional network.

View the 2021 Alumni Assembly ceremony.

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