2016 Grace Holt Award Winners


The Department of African American Studies sponsors an annual speaker series and award fund in commemoration of Grace Sims Holt, Professor Emeritus and founder of UIC's Black Studies Program, later to become this department. Professor Holt joined UIC in 1968 as an Associate Professor of Speech and Communications tasked with establishing the campus Black Studies Program, which she headed from 1974 to 1986. In addition, Professor Holt helped gain recognition for black English as an object of study and consistently pushed for maintaining high levels of standards for students that allowed for alternative evidences of accomplishment.

  • Ash Stephens, a Phd student in the Department of Criminology, Law & Justice, with a concentration in Gender & Women's Studies, won the Grace Holt Memorial Award. He is also a TA in the Department of African American Studies.
  • Travell Williams, a senior African American Studies major, won the Departmental Award.