2019 Kevin J. Sutherland Inspiration in Democracy Awardee
Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox is receiving the Kevin J. Sutherland Inspiration in Democracy Award for her years of dedication to democratic principles as an attorney, as a professor, as a member of our Democratic Town Committee, and as a candidate for local office.
Sujata is an Associate Professor of Legal Studies at Quinnipiac University and Director of the Global Engagement Fellows Program. She teaches courses in Comparative Constitutional Law, Constitutional Law, Public International Law, Human Rights Law, and Introduction to Law, among other subjects, and serves as the faculty advisor for the mock trial team. She is married to Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox and they have two young daughters.
Sujata received the James Marshall Award for Service to the Quinnipiac community in 2017 and served as a faculty fellow with the Albert Schweitzer Institute and an associate faculty fellow with the Collaborative for Interdisciplinary/Integrative Studies. She works with students to implement principles of Community Action Planning in local communities, has organized seminars at the United Nations, and has taken students to Oxford University for seminars on humanitarian ethics.
Sujata received her BA in Government from Cornell University and her JD from the University of Pennsylvania. Sujata is a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar, a member of the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights, the Connecticut Human Rights Partnership, and a Carnegie Institute New Leader.
Over the past several years, Sujata has become more and more involved in political advocacy in our community. She joined our Town Committee and in 2018, she stepped up and ran for State Representative in the 123rd District. All through last summer and fall, she worked tirelessly knocking on doors and bringing her message of a new, more civil politics to the voter of our town. On Election Day, Sujata came within 850 votes of defeating a 3-time incumbent – the best showing by a Democrat in that district in 40 years. Earlier this year, she was nominated to the Town Ethics Committee and despite her stellar credentials, the Town Council failed to confirm her in a party-line vote. For all her hard work and dedication to her students and to our community, we are proud to recognize her with this award.