The deadline for nominations for the 2020 Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award is April 1, 2020.


Nominations are open for the 2020 Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award. Members of the Society are urged to nominate organizations for the award. The deadline for the 2020 award nominations is April 1, 2020.

The Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award, established in 1991, is awarded to a local grassroots social justice organization in the Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (as defined by the U.S. Bureau of Census) in which the annual meeting is held that year. While the recipient can be an organization that engages in direct service work, preferred recipients for the Social Action Award will be organizations that also work at the level of systems change. The organization may not be a local or regional chapter of a national or international organization, and must be one that will benefit significantly from the award. The nomination of organizations that include directly impacted people and communities in leadership positions and decisions are also encouraged. The award carries a stipend of $5,000.

The award is a fitting expression of the overall purpose of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, which is concerned with applying scientific methods and theories to the study of social problems. SSSP aims to bring together scholars, practitioners, and advocates to examine and understand social problems in order to further solutions and develop social policy based on knowledge.


Please include the following information when making an online nomination:

1. Your name, phone number, and e-mail address
2. Name and address of the organization you wish to nominate
3. Name, phone number, and e-mail address of the organizational contact person
4. Give an overview of the organization’s work
5. Indicate why you believe that the nominee merits the award
6. Submit any supportive materials you believe would be helpful to the committee


Review the list of past winners of the Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award.


All online nominations must be submitted online no later than April 1, 2020. The 2020 award will be presented at the 70th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA, August 7-9, 2020.

Please address all questions to:
Dr. Vince Montes, Chair
Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award Committee