Chris Bradford was a student in the Center on Domestic Violence’s Program on Gender-Based Violence.
member of the program’s eleventh cohort, Chris completed his studies in
July of 2012. It could be said that he enrolled in the certificate
program out of a strong curiosity that became an unquestionable
a gifted public speaker and a devout member of the Christian church,
Chris integrated his education and faith to spread domestic violence
awareness in religious communities. In his cohort, Chris
was popularly known as "Mr. Awesome", trusted and respected not only for
being an ally in the movement to end gender-based violence and
oppression but also as a friend who brought an upbeat attitude and moral
support to the classroom.
died suddenly and tragically on July 13, 2017. In the wake of his
death, alumni from his cohort created the Chris Bradford Awesomeness
Award to honor students and alumni who embody Chris's passionate spirit.
Successful nominees for this award include students and alumni who:
- Use their privilege as allies to support others and advocate for justice;
- Work for change using creative innovation and humor;
- Increase awareness within faith communities; and/or
- Are inspiring and supportive to others, especially to fellow students and colleagues