Global Goals - Local Leaders 

Every year Greater Lansing UNA awards "Global Goals - Local Leaders" awards to community members who have helped develop any of the Sustainable Development Goals (also called Global Goals and SDG’s) through their work and/or volunteer service. We do this at our most formal event - UN Day Celebration - in October. Previous winners are listed below. You can nominate someone for this year's awards here! (Be sure to disable your pop-blocker to begin the download of the word document form!) GL-UNA also recognizes educators and high school students (juniors and seniors) for our Global Ed awards. Nominate them here!


Judi Harris 

Judi Harris has been Program Director for Refugee Services at St. Vincent Catholic Charities in Lansing since December 2008.  In this role, she manages Refugee Services staff and coordinates programs for all refugees coming to the Lansing area. Judi leads her program to establish housing, health care, employment, education, and community connections for new arrivals.  Judi fights to keep the refugee resettlement program working and healthy by building partnerships and conducting outreach and education to community groups, schools and universities, business and faith-based organizations around mid-Michigan.   

Judi is has been a refugee foster parent for over 12 years and has fostered 10 children from five different countries.  She is one of the founders and a board member of the Global Institute of Lansing, a non-profit organization that helps refugee youth earn high school diplomas.  She also helped to establish and advises the All Faith Alliance for Refugees (AFAR). In 2018, she joined the Peace Quest Greater Lansing planning committee to support the development of the peace culture in Lansing.   

Judi earned a double Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and French from San Francisco State University and a Masters in Health Education from Trinity College in Washington, DC.  Judi has over twenty-five years of experience in international health education and project management having lived, developed and managed health programs in Africa, the Balkans, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean.  Judi has worked with refugees in the United States and overseas.


Jane White - Director and Founder of the MI Human Trafficking Task Force. What began in 2006 with Jane inviting 20 Michigan police chiefs to a meeting has become a task force of more than 135 agencies committed to a collaborative effort to identify, rescue and restore victims, prosecute offenders, and educate people about human trafficking, in both sexual and labor exploitation. As a former law enforcement officer and an educator, Jane has talked with thousands about human trafficking and has researched, developed, and been a trainer in courses on diversity, race relations, sexual harassment, ethics and integrity, and more.

Jane served as the Associate Director of the National Center for Community Policing at the MSU School of Criminal Justice. She was Board President of the Lansing Boys Club in the late 1970’s, during which time she led it to become the Boys and Girls Club. She was appointed to the original Michigan Commission on Human Trafficking. Jane White has spent her life protecting the human rights of many. She has been a leader in work aligned with the Global Goals 5, 8, 16. Greater Lansing United Nations Association thanks Jane for her dedication, vision and persistence in the fight to eradicate human trafficking.

Will Lawrence - creator of the Sunrise Movement. Will is truly a global goals leader working on many of the Sustainable Development Goals (especially goals 7, 8, and 13.) Will has been a national leader since college. His clear focus on the urgency of organizing on climate change led him to develop what has turned into the national Sunrise Movement, formed to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. He designed the Sunrise Movement plan with colleagues and advisers, then moved back to Michigan to organize young people concerned with climate change and environmental justice. He designed an organizational structure that allowed the movement to support 65 campus groups at once. He organized coordinated non-violent protest actions at up to 25 campuses simultaneously. He helped to grow the organizational budget from 0 to $300k in two years. He is a trainer and facilitator of the Momentum leadership team. Greater Lansing United Nation Association applauds Will’s important work to protect our climate by inspiring and organizing many, many others to take action as well!


Dr. Joan Jackson Johnson - 

Joan Jackson Johnson, affectionately known as 'Triple J,' is dedicated to the struggles of the poor and vulnerable. Dr. Johnson, a clinical psychologist, is the principal owner of the East Lansing Center for the Family and has been the Director of the Human Relations and Community Services Department (HRCS) For the City of Lansing since 2006.

Terry Link - Terry Link is president of Starting Now LLC, a sustainability consulting firm that helps small business, nonprofits, schools, and government agencies improve their social, environmental and economic performance. He has served as Executive Director of the Greater Lansing Food Bank, a regional charity that rescued food and developed community gardens to help feed those in need, and Director of Michigan State University’s Office of Campus Sustainability, an office he started in 2000. For nearly 25 years he was an academic librarian focusing on public policy and environmental studies.

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