The Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ‘03 Social Justice Award was created in memory of Peter Morgenstern-Clarren, who pursued social justice while a student at Wesleyan.  His activism included securing benefits for Wesleyan custodial staff, participating in the United Student and Labor Action Committee, and contributing his leadership to the campus chapter of Amnesty International.  We are grateful to Dr. Hadley Morgenstern-Clarren and The Honorable Pat Morgenstern-Clarren for their generosity in sponsoring this award honoring their son’s activism for the public good. 

A committee will select one sophomore or junior who best embody the pursuit of social justice. The winner will receive an award of $2,500.

Any sophomore or junior may be nominated using this nomination form. The student will be contacted to use the application form below to apply.

Any sophomore or junior in good standing may use this application form to apply by submitting the following:
An essay (no more than 1000 words) that describes in detail a social justice effort that sought to make a community more equitable, and your specific contributions to that work.
Any statements or materials associated with the work that demonstrate its impact. This might include copies of an event program, a link to an article written about the project, or a written testimony from someone directly involved with the work (excluding family and close friends).
A letter of support from a faculty or administrator familiar with your dedication to social justice, or from a community leader who is familiar with your specific work.

All items must be submitted electronically to this application form by 5:00pm ET on Monday, April 8, 2024.

While letters of support will be submitted directly from letter-writers, and therefore separate from the applicant’s own materials, these must also be submitted by the deadline using this recommendation form.

NOTE: By submitting your application materials, you agree to allow Wesleyan to use these documents — in whole or in part — for archival, promotion, or assessment purposes.

If you have any questions, or if you have any issues with the submission forms, please contact Clifton Watson, Director, Jewett Center for Community Partnerships at