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Dr. Judy Schindler Named Champion of Diversity

imageDr. Judy Schindler with Queens students.
06/01/17 -  

The Charlotte chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has named Dr. Judy Schindler, associate professor of Jewish Studies and director of the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice, the 2017 recipient of the Outstanding Champion of Diversity Award.

Dr. Schindler has been an advocate of promoting peace, and she works tirelessly to educate populations on the Holocaust, racial justice and interfaith acceptance. She has worked alongside students and community leaders to host dialogues on timely issues such as race, religious freedom, and immigration. She was named Rabbi Emerita of Temple Beth El after serving as senior rabbi from 2003-2016 and as associate rabbi from 1998-2003. Through engagement with students, community members, and temple goers, Dr. Schindler has impacted hundreds of lives. Dr. Schindler and other award winners from other philanthropic categories will participate in a luncheon on National Philanthropy Day on November 15.

The Outstanding Champion of Diversity is awarded to "an individual or family who has demonstrated leadership and promoted best practices in diversity in a broad range of their activities, including philanthropy," which "aims to bridge communities and promote cultural awareness, strengthening community philanthropy and fostering the wealth of ideas and collaboration that our myriad of experiences bring to the Charlotte/Metrolina Region."

This award adds to a number of impressive accolades for Dr. Schindler. She was named Charlotte Woman of the Year in 2011, Charlotte Jewish Woman of Strength in 2004; she was a recipient of the 2008 Humanitarian Award from the Charlotte Coalition for Social Justice, the 2008 Mecklenburg Ministries Interfaith Clergy Award, the 2008 Charlotte Business Guild Don King Community Service "Bridge Builder" Award, and was selected as one of Charlotte's USA 20: Celebrating Dynamic Women in 2010. 

Queens has been an active participant in the AFP National Philanthropy Day Awards and has had multiple award recipients, including Porter Byrum, the Knight Foundation, Jim and MA Rogers, Kate Gatterdam and Adelaide Davis in their respective categories. This is the first time that a member of the Queens family has won the category.

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