Congratulations to Elizabeth Dia, AB'18, who received a 2018 Ignacio Martín-Baró Essay Prize from the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights for "'I Swore an Oath to the Constitution. Is That Not Enough?': The Contested Rights of Noncitizen Soldiers and Veterans in the US Military."


Elizabeth is a History major in the research track and recently completed her thesis on "Motherhood en Acción: Gender, Latinidad, and Community Action in Pilsen, 1973–1987."

She has interned at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and the National Immigrant Justice Center, among others. Elizabeth is a 2018 student marshal, one of the University of Chicago's highest undergraduate honors.

The Martín-Baró Prize recognizes the best essays in the field of human rights. Elizabeth received one of two prize awarded to undergraduates; other awards go to masters/professional and PhD students.

The prize was endowed to honor the memory of Ignacio Martín-Baró, who was committed to the values of democracy, social justice, and service to the poor, silenced, and dispossessed. A Jesuit priest, he taught at the Universidad de Centro America in El Salvador and was a scholar of social justice and human rights. In 1989 he and seven others were assassinated by the Salvadoran army for their commitment to El Salvador’s dispossessed.

By Joanne M. Berens, MFA'93, jberens at uchicago dot edu.