Dehavenon and Simpson win Foster-Scholz distinguished service awardsTwo extraordinary Reed alumni received this year's Foster-Scholz distinguished service award for their outstanding contributions to their communities.
In 1985 Dehavenon conducted a year-long survey for the East Harlem Interfaith Welfare Committee, documenting the worsening of hunger conditions in New York City and the social services' response to them. Her report caused a sensation, making it into the New York Times, the Daily News, the Christian Science Monitor, and the New Yorker. Dehavenon has conducted it annually, using it to recommend policy changes to the social service organizations. Her data on the number of children forced to sleep on chairs in offices was the basis for a court order that homeless families be given decent emergency shelter before midnight.
Dehavenon is also a co-founder of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger and the Task Force on Poverty and Homelessness of the American Anthropological Association. She has worked as the field director at Columbia's Depart-ment of Anthropology, served as a project director for United Neighborhood Houses, and was a visiting assistant professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.