The LAS Alumni Humanitarian Award is given to LAS Alumni who, through outstanding leadership or service, demonstrate the values derived from a liberal arts and sciences education by significantly improving or enhancing the lives of others.
Rebecca Darr (BS'90) received the award for her work on behalf of Women in Need of Growing Stronger Program, Inc. (WINGS). Darr became executive director of the program in 1999. WINGS provides emergency and transitional housing, and supportive services to victims of domestic violence and homeless women and children. The program has grown over the last nineteen years and she oversees a staff of 50 full and part-time employees.
In 2013, WINGS was awarded $1.8 million dollars to build the first new domestic violence shelter in the City of Chicago in over a decade. In November 2013, Vice President Joe Biden, along with Senator Dick Durbin, joined Mayor Rahm Emmanuel for the groundbreaking ceremony.
Darr is s member of the Psychology Alumni Advisory Board and also serves on the Cook County Commision on Women's Issues and several task forces including the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Northwest Surburban Alliance on Domestic Violence.
Read more about Rebecca Darr's work here.