Kathleen Saunders, a faculty advisor in the Western Washington University Department of Anthropology, has won Public Anthropology’s Eleanor Roosevelt Global Citizenship Award. Named to honor the 20th century's "First Lady of the World," this award recognizes Dr. Saunders' exceptionally effective participation in Public Anthropology’s Community Action Online Project as well her wider activities in the public sphere.
Only a select few – fewer than 1 percent of the faculty teaching introductory anthropology courses throughout North America – receive this award.
According to the award announcement from the Center for a Public Anthropology, "Prof. Saunders is to be commended for how she takes classroom knowledge and applies it to real world challenges, thereby encouraging students to be responsible global citizens. In actively addressing important ethical concerns within anthropology, Prof. Saunders is providing students with the thinking and writing skills needed for active citizenship."