Liberian Leader To Present Prestigious Award To U.S. Scholar, Sara Goodkind

University of Pittsburgh Associate Professor of Social Work Sara Goodkind.
University of Pittsburgh Associate Professor of Social Work Sara Goodkind.

The Liberian leader, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will on the 23rd of September, 2016 present what is considered as one of America’s prestigious award, the Inaugural Deborah Harding Women of Achievement Award to the University of Pittsburgh Associate Professor of Social Work Sara Goodkind.

According to a dispatch, this award by the National Peace Corps Association will take place at its annual conference in Washington D.C. and will be graced by prominent American scholars in recognition of Goodkind’s work as founder of Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) Camps, now implemented in Peace Corps countries worldwide.

This award the first of its kind will be presented during the annual conference of the National Peace Corps Association in Washington, created by the Women of Peace Corps Legacy; the award recognizes Peace Corps volunteers whose contributions have made a significant difference in the lives of women and girls around the world. Goodkind founded the Girls Leading Our World program in 1995 in Romania.

The 45 years old honoree is a resident of Squirrel Hill she is married to  Jeff Shook, and children Maya, 13, and Zack, 9, and holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Amherst College in Massachusetts, and a master’s degree in social work and a doctorate in social work and sociology from the University of Michigan.

Background: While teaching English to middle and high school students as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania from 1994 to 1996, Goodkind saw that there weren’t a lot of leadership opportunities for girls and women in Romania. Obtaining $1,500 from the U.S. Democracy Commission, she and two other volunteers and some Romanian teachers took 81 girls to an eight-day camp in the Transylvania Mountains, which are part of Romania. The Peace Corps liked the idea and has asked her to make presentations on the idea so others could replicate it.

Quote: “The great thing about the Peace Corps is that they have all these ideas, but they encourage people to adapt them to their specific location or the issues facing the girls in that country.”


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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.