We Stand Up For

The Rock Ethics Institute inaugurated the Stand Up Award to honor Penn State undergraduate students who have demonstrated courage, fortitude, and ethical leadership by taking a stand for a person, a cause, or a belief.

Scroll down to learn about what Penn State students stood up for throughout the last 10 years.

2017

Brian Anthony Davis

Brian Anthony Davis

equity + diversity

Hayly Hoch

Hayly Hoch

sustainable agriculture

Alexis Scott

Alexis Scott

acceptance + inclusion

2016

Alanna Kaiser

Alanna Kaiser

climate change + fossil fuel divestment

Nathan Larkin

Nathan Larkin

environmental justice + vulnerable populations

Jaden Rankin-Wahlers

Jaden Rankin-Wahlers

combatting poverty + homelessness

2015

Melissa McCleery

Melissa McCleery

mental health advocacy + suicide prevention

Carolyn McDonald

Carolyn McDonald

mental health advocacy + suicide prevention

Parker Werns

Parker Werns

mental health advocacy + suicide prevention

2014

Zachary Brubaker

Zachary Brubaker

respect & equality for workers with disabilities.

Maggie Cardin

Maggie Cardin

mental health advocacy + suicide prevention

2013

Taryn Noll

Taryn Noll

mental health advocacy + suicide prevention

Gizelle Studevent

Gizelle Studevent

mental health advocacy + suicide prevention

2012

Joshua Brady Branch

Joshua Brady Branch

mental health advocacy + suicide prevention

Barbara Donnini

Barbara Donnini

fair labor practices

Julian Haas

Julian Haas

systemic oppression

Staci Neal

Staci Neal

equal rights

2011

Stephen Lucas

Stephen Lucas

representing marginalized + underrepresented communities

Sarah O'Donald

Sarah O'Donald

peaceful demonstrations against violence + oppression

Peggy Styles

Peggy Styles

coping with suffering + loss

2010

Koann Eicher

Koann Eicher

Safe Haven Law

Shane George

Shane George

promoting honor code + integrity

Andie Graham

Andie Graham

advocating for respect of women

2009

Hilary Griffith

Hilary Griffith

confronting stigmas + promoting acceptance

Miatta Massaley

Miatta Massaley

access to affordable legal services

2008

Elizabeth Francis

Elizabeth Francis

affordable health care

Emily Helms

Emily Helms

amnesty international + protecting women against violence

Desiree Martin

Desiree Martin

diversity + accessibility

Mallorie McCue

Mallorie McCue

sexual assault awareness

Jeremy Weisblatt

Jeremy Weisblatt

facilitating kosher options