Roger Sherman '79, and the organization he directs, has won an award for outstanding
The Ford Foundation has announced the United Vision For Idaho, in Boise and Moscow,
Idaho, is among the 17 winners of the 2005 Leadership for a Changing World Awards.
Leadership for a Changing World seeks to recognize, strengthen and support leaders
and to highlight the importance of community leadership in improving people's lives.
The program seeks to confirm that resourceful leaders are bringing about positive
change in virtually every community. Together with these leaders, Leadership for a
Changing World "hopes to facilitate a new dialogue about community leadership, one
that encourages others to appreciate that leadership comes in many forms and from
many different communities."
Each year, Leadership for a Changing World recognizes 17-20 leaders and leadership
groups not broadly known beyond their immediate community or field. Nominated
community leaders may work in fields that include: economic development; community
development; environment and environmental justice; human rights; citizen
participation and government accountability; human development; sexual and
reproductive health; education reform; youth development; religion and social change;
arts and social action; and access to media, including new technologies.
The leaders of United Vision for Idaho are Executive Director Jim D. Hansen;
Financial Manager and Project Coordinator Gloria Muñoz; Program Director/Organizer
Sherman; Coordinator Lucinda Hormel; and Director Judith Brown.
United Vision for Idaho (UVI) took shape in 1995, when a group of organizations
decided to link their efforts to even the playing field for marginalized citizens.
It is now comprised of 24 groups, ranging from Church Women United to the Idaho
State AFL-CIO, to the Idaho Conservation League, to the Idaho Hispanic Caucus.
A press release announcing the award states, "The founders of United Vision for
Idaho understood that these groups, many of which are narrowly focused, could
increase their effectiveness by creating a multi-issue organization that would
consolidate power, expertise and membership. Together, they could bring voter-rights
issues, campaign-finance reform and tax-policy ideas into the public spotlight.
UVI's leaders -- Jim Hansen, Gloria Muñoz, Roger Sherman, Judy Brown and Lucinda
Hormel - say their commitment flows from their diverse faiths (Catholic, Buddhist,
Unitarian and Episcopal) and is 'motivated by our association with people who share
a passion for organizing for social change.'"
Prior to joining UVI in 1996, Sherman worked as training coordinator for the
Idaho Primary Care Association. He was also the lead organizer and then executive
director of Idaho Citizen's Network for seven years, organizing low-income citizens
on health care, consumer and economic justice issues. Sherman is a past president
of the board of the Western States Center and past chair of the Social Action
Committee of the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Earning his St. Lawrence
degree in government, Sherman was active in the Thelomathesian Society (student
government organization), earned department honors and participated in the
University's program of study in Kenya. He was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha (government
honorary), Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society and Omicron Delta Kappa leadership
For more information:
United Vision for Idaho Web Site
Leadership for Change Web Site
Posted: November 17, 2005