Social work professor honored for human rights advocacy

Finneran, Shirley

SIOUX CITY, Iowa —  The Sioux City Human Rights Commission has recognized Sister Shirley Fineran, OSF, with the 2013 War Eagle Human Rights Award.

The award is given to acknowledge work, by an individual or a group, which positively affects the civil rights climate in Sioux City. It was given to Fineran and two other individuals on Dec. 10, which is celebrated all over the world as Universal Human Rights Day.

Fineran, a professor in the social work department at BCU, was honored for her wok on behalf of the disenfranchised in the community. Fineran has been a founding member of several organizations, including the Food Bank of Siouxland, Siouxland Habitat for Humanity and Siouxland Unidad Latina. She has served on the local boards of Mercy Hospital Diversity, Boys and Girls and Family Services, Leadership Siouxland and the United Way.

Fineran has been an active volunteer in peace, justice and women’s issues. She is a tireless advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. This year, Fineran celebrated 50 years as a Sister of St. Francis of Dubuque, Iowa. She is also an alum of Briar Cliff University.

Other honorees included Leon Koster, who serves on the Woodbury County Commission of Veteran Affairs, and Audra Cole, who works with the Sioux City Human Rights Commission.


Tags: Social Work, Faculty, Alumni