Kristin Stoneking Given Civil Rights Advocacy Award
The City of Davis has presented the 2009 Thong Hy Huynh award for Civil Rights Advocacy to the Rev. Kristin Stoneking, Executive Director and Campus Minister at the Cal-Aggie House, a United Methodist-related campus ministry at the University of California at Davis.
The Thong Hy Huynh award, named after a Davis high school student killed in 1983 in a racially-motivated stabbing, recognizes "significant contributions in addressing, improving and/or resolving civil and human rights issues in the city of Davis."
The Civil Rights Advocacy category recognizes significant efforts and achievement in speaking on behalf of those who are unable to speak for themselves.
According to a City of Davis press release, the nominating individual wrote of Stoneking, "As the Director and Campus Minister at the Cal-Aggie Christian Association, Kristin Stoneking works with students of many faiths to assist them in proudly articulating their faith practices and beliefs in a way that others can hear. She has been active in building bridges between faith communities that have had longstanding difficulties with each other, and in so doing, sows the seeds of peace more broadly.
"Four years ago, Kristin developed her vision of building a Multi-faith Living Community on the grounds of the CA House, and it was realized and opened last fall...Faith is just one more aspect of our diversity that can be misunderstood and cause bias, discrimination, and ultimately, acts of hatred."
Stoneking was awarded the honor on Tuesday, June 16.
Two days later, during Annual Conference Session, Stoneking also received the Francis Asbury Award from the General Board of Higher Education for pioneering "a new model of campus ministry" in the creation of the multi-faith intentional community residence.