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Hidden Heroes Award

University of Dayton Vote Everywhere ambassador Katherine Liming will be honored by the Andrew Goodman Foundation with the 2017 Hidden Heroes Award for exceptional contributions to voting rights and social justice.

Liming, a senior communication major from Defiance, Ohio, is the inaugural team leader of the University’s Vote Everywhere initiative, launched in 2016. She worked with campus administrators and Montgomery County, Ohio, board of elections officials to create a proof of residency document for students to use at the polls on election day. She further worked with her team to integrate voter registration into the new student experience.

The Hidden Heroes Award recognizes dedication to the mission of the Andrew Goodman Foundation, "to make young voices and votes a powerful force in democracy," and to the Vote Everywhere program. Students chosen as awardees have demonstrated outstanding commitment to civic engagement, student leadership and service on their campuses as well as in their surrounding communities. The award also recognizes students' passion for civic participation and advocacy.

"Our Vote Everywhere ambassadors continue to surprise and inspire us with the commitment they show to civic engagement and social justice," said Sylvia Golbin-Goodman, executive director of the Andrew Goodman Foundation. "While many of our ambassadors have accomplished amazing things this year, the five Hidden Heroes Award recipients stand out in their extraordinary efforts to ensure a peaceful, just and sustainable future. We're so proud of their work, and can't wait to see what the next school year brings."

Vote Everywhere, a national program housed on 42 college campuses, including the University of Dayton, is part of the Andrew Goodman Foundation. Vote Everywhere student ambassadors promote voter engagement, public policy and social justice initiatives.

The University of Dayton’s Vote Everywhere office is co-located with the department of political science, in St. Joseph Hall, Room 223.

The Hidden Heroes Awards ceremony is Aug. 5 in Stony Point, New York, during the Goodman Foundation’s National Civic Leadership Training Summit.

- Meagan Pant, assistant director, University News and Communications

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