Sondra Cosgrove and Teacher Kathy Durham Win Jean Ford Democracy Award

Jun 11, 2019 / E-news

Sondra Cosgrove, We the People scholar and judge, and We the People teacher Kathy Durham won this year’s Jean Ford Democracy Award. The award, sponsored by the Advisory Committee on Participatory Democracy, is designed to honor deserving citizens of Nevada who have played a key role in promoting participatory democracy in the state.

They and their fellow winners were honored on May 14 in Carson City, Nevada, via an in-person introduction in the Senate and by proxy in the Assembly during a floor session. Afterwards, they proceeded to the secretary of state’s office at the Capitol and were presented with a certificate from the secretary. Two other honorees of the award joined Cosgrove and Durham to receive the awards.

In addition to serving as a We the People scholar and judge, Cosgrove is a board member of the Nevada Center for Civic Engagement, president of the League of Women Voters Las Vegas Valley, and a history professor at the College of Southern Nevada. She was recognized for her leadership as a community member who promotes civic engagement and voter participation, as well as her active role serving on public boards and commissions and providing feedback in legislative processes.

Teacher Kathy Durham is a former participant in the James Madison Legacy Project. She will begin teaching the We the People program in August 2019 at Nevada’s West Wendover High School. Her nomination recognized her nineteen years as a U.S. history and American government teacher and her work in encouraging students to apply principles of democracy to their lives and communities.

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