Ellie Litwack wins new University Libraries Golden Terp Award
Sophomore Ellie Litwack won the first University Libraries Golden Terp Award, an honor presented each semester to students who lead projects or initiatives that advance the values and goals of the University Libraries.
Members of the University Libraries Student Advisory Group solicited nominations and selected Litwack as the winner for her role in promoting and expanding TransU, UMD's transgender student group.
"The group was impressed with Ellie's success in building community and in initiating creative programs that increased access and fostered collaboration," says Interim Dean of Libraries Babak Hamidzadeh. Specifically, Litwack organized a health panel featuring trans-inclusive doctors, a vigil for trans people lost to violence, and a community Thanksgiving dinner.
Dean Hamidzadeh presented Litwack a certificate and check for $100 at the group's final meeting of the academic year.
The core values of the University Libraries--access, collaboration, creativity, diversity, and stewardship--inform decisions of library faculty and staff and guide how they interact with each other and their communities.