Organized by students in Albers' Graduate Leadership Formation program, the Red Winged Leadership Award recognizes individuals who possess three specific attributes: Leadership, business acumen, and social responsibility. By blending all three, past winners have created initiatives and solutions that have had a positive impact on multiple communities and stakeholders.
One such example is 2019's top recipient, Seattle Police Department Officer Jim Ritter. In 2014, Ritter conceptualized the idea for SPD Safe Place, a program designed to address low reporting of anti-LGBTQ crimes and school bullying incidents.
Over 6,000 Seattle businesses now carry the SPD Safe Place decal at their entrances, indicating that they will call 911 on a victim's behalf and offer a safe place to stay until police arrive. In 2018, SPD Safe Place expanded to service victims of all bias crimes, endeavoring to build trust in law enforcement and a sense of safety in the community.
Your contribution through SU Gives helps amplify the Red Winged Leadership Awards and awardees' achievements to a larger audience. The awards ceremony this year takes place on April 8, at the Campion Ballroom. It also marks the tenth year of this distinctive program.