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The Rishwain Award, sponsored by Brian Rishwain '87, a successful entrepeneur and attorney, seeks to recognize UCLA students who bring an innovative, entrepreneurial spirit to social justice work. The annual Rishwain Social Justice Entrepreneur Award honors undergraduate and graduate students who actively address issues such as foster youth, community organizing, language and literacy barriers, education, hunger, and criminal justice, just to name a few. The application for the Rishwain award is open to UCLA students in January with the awards announced in the spring.
Ryan Brennan (Dentistry, 2014) was selected for his work connecting nonprofit clinics, Homeless Not Toothless and MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity), with UCLA dental students to provide monthly clinic sessions free of charge. Over 520 dental procedures for 232 needy patients were donated over the past year.
Connor Johnson (Urban Planning, 2015) has a similar desire to help men and women who are living in poverty or are homeless. His win recognizes his work as founder of social enterprise Would-Works, which gives men and women living on Skid Row the chance to earn money for a specific goal.
Awards were presented at UCLA Luskin during a ceremony on May 13, 2014. The two recipients of the 2014 award will be receiving $5,000 each – double the amount in previous years.
Brian Rishwain (left) is pictured with 2013 award recipient Lawrence Grey Berkowitz (M.Ed '13), Betzobel Estudillo (MSW '13), 2012 award recipient May Thi Nguyen (UCLA Law '13), and Bill Parent (UCLA Assistant Dean of Special Initiatives).
Learn about the 2013 Rishwain Award Winners Lawrence Grey Berkowitz and Betzobel Estudillo
Learn about the 2011 Rishwain Award Winners Krista Barnes and Bryan Pezeshki
Learn about the 2010 Rishwain Award Winners Ava Bromberg and John Scott Railton