Professor Barbara Bezdek was awarded the Dickens Warfield Fair Housing Award on May 21st by Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. (BNI), an organization promoting justice in housing for all people in the state of Maryland.
“I’ve worked with Professor Bezdek since the creation of the Fair Housing curriculum at the UM Carey Law and the beginning of the HUD grant application process,” said Robert Strupp, executive director, BNI. “I know of nobody more deserving of this recognition.”
The award’s namesake, Dr. Dickens Warfield, was a leader in the fight against housing discrimination. Warfield started working at BNI in 1970 and was a constant presence there until her death in 2011. The award honors those who share Dickens’ determination to end racism and discriminatory housing practices.
Professor Bezdek has been on the faculty at UM Carey Law since 1988, where she has frequently taught Property and Real Estate Transactions and the clinical seminar, Legal Theory and Practice: Community Development, which explores the legal foundations of social change in disinvested communities.
She recently organized “Fair Housing Matters,” a conference at the law school, celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, which brought together professionals in the Baltimore region’s fair housing community to examine barriers to integration and developments in achieving the Act’s goals.
“We are proud of Professor Bezdek’s work. This award is a well-deserved honor,” said Dean Phoebe Haddon. “Her dedication to students and housing justice, particularly in Maryland, are invaluable contributions to our community.”
Bezdek was presented the award during BNI’s 54th annual Meeting & Fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. on May 21 at the Temple Oheb Shalom.