Burlington College faculty member Sandy Baird was presented with the Sister Elizabeth Candon Distinguished Service Award at Vermont Women in Higher Education’s Annual Leadership dinner.
Sister Elizabeth Candon was President of Trinity College from 1966-1976 and served as Secretary of the Agency of Human Services. She served on many state and national committees, particularly those focusing on the empowerment of women. She also gave the inaugural address at Burlington College, when it was founded as the Vermont Institute of Community Involvement. The Distinguished Service Award in Sister Elizabeth’s name is presented to a woman who has shown evidence of promoting and working toward the advancement of women in higher education and involvement at the national, regional, state, and local levels in related activities.
Sandy’s combination of women’s-related public service and professional service strongly demonstrates these qualities. A lawyer and prominent civil rights activist, she serves as Chair of the Legal and Justice Studies Department at Burlington College and the Cuba Overseas Study Program, and has taught for over 25 years. Sandy is also the Director of the Marmete Hayes Institute for Civic Engagement, a consortium of scholars, citizens, artists, and students who come together with the dedicated purpose of bringing pertinent social issues, many of which are focused on women in the community, to the forefront for dialogue, analysis, and to affect positive change.
Sandy is the founder of the Caroline Fund, which raises money to provide services and opportunities for women who are struggling with personal and financial issues, and also runs a Pro Se Legal Clinic which provides free legal services to the community, particularly to women in New American populations.