The Department of Women’s Studies is thrilled to announce that Women’s Studies major Lakyrra Magee is the 2017 recipient of the Feminist Practice Award, an honor that recognizes Women’s Studies majors or minors whose work in community service or social action best exemplifies application of feminist thought to practice.
A double major in Women’s Studies and Social Theory and Practice (concentrating in Law, Justice and Social Change), Lakyrra Magee is a dedicated student whose work on and off the University of Michigan campus exemplifies intersectional feminist praxis. Lakyrra is a Diversity Peer Educator, a former legislative and legal intern for the ACLU, a founder of Students4Justice, and frequent contributor to the Michigan Daily.
Last fall, when several rounds of racist and xenophobic flyers peppered the campus, Lakyrra co-founded Students4Justice (S4J), an organization that dedicated itself to documenting and responding to these and other acts of oppression on campus. S4J is primarily comprised of and centers the leadership of undergraduate and graduate students of color -- particularly women, queer, and trans people of color -- and it quickly became the campus student institution that works to hold the administration accountable to student needs in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion planning and implementation process. One of the major achievements of S4J is the creation of an Activist Center for students of color which is slated to open next fall. Lakyrra is also organizing a symposium on Black women’s contributions to social progress for Winter 2018, which will involve campus partners and community organizations that work with queer and trans youth of color. She is truly an inspiration and we thank her for her work that is making our campus more accessible for all of us.