Thank you for coming to our in-person 2023 Gala on June 22nd, “Amplifying Students’ Voices.” The Gala supports our work with students and communities to examine the workings of the justice system, explore the ideals of justice, and prepare them to engage in our democracy.

This year, we honored our 2023 Champion of Justice, Former Massachusetts Governor and President of the NCAA Charlie Baker, in recognition of his years of public service and dedication to civic education across the Commonwealth. Please join us as we celebrate the hundred of partners, supporters, and volunteers who help bring impactful civic education programs to students and community members. We look forward to amplifying students’ voices and sharing their ideas about justice with you!

Honoring Our 2023 Champion of Justice Award Winner 
Former Massachusetts Governor and President of the NCAA, Charlie Baker 

Over the course of two decades as a public official, serving as Governor of Massachusetts, Cabinet Secretary, and Selectboard member from Swampscott; public education and civic education have been a cornerstone and priority of Charlie Baker’s work. In recognition of this work, Discovering Justice is proud to honor Governor Baker with its 2023 Champion of Justice Award.  

Working in a bi-partisan manner, on an issue that is truly non-partisan, Baker has consistently invested in and supported measures to prepare students to engage and steward our nation’s democracy.  

In 2018, Governor Baker signed S. 2631, An Act to Promote and Enhance Civic Engagement, which prioritized civic education for public school students in Grades K-12. The passage of the law provided a platform for Discovering Justice to expand its existing partnerships and form relationships with new school systems and educators. The Commonwealth’s focus on civic education allows us to engage more students in our unique programs that examine the workings of the justice system, explore the ideals of justice, and prepare them to engage in our democracy.  Civic education helps students in Grades K-12 analyze complex issues, consider different perspectives. argue with supportive evidence, engage in civil discourse and engagement, and understand the workings of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.  The Civics Law also created the Civics Project Trust Fund, which provides resources for state education officials to develop curriculum and professional development for teachers across the Commonwealth. The Fund has also distributed more than $2,000,000 in grants directly to local school systems to assist communities with implementing their civic education curriculum.

Thank You To Our 2023 Sponsors!

Past Champions of Justice

The Discovering Justice Champion of Justice Award is presented each year to a leader who exemplifies the values we seek to instill in our students and serves as a role model for the next generation of civic leaders. Celebrated at our annual Discovering Justice Gala, past honorees have included Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Conan Harris, Dr. Joshua Boger, the New England Innocence Project, and Attorney General Maura Healey. 

Kayla Nordman

Kayla Nordman believes strongly in expanding access to comprehensive civic education to provide the next generation with the resources they need to uphold and expand upon the values of American democracy and create a more equitable future. Before joining Discovering Justice, she worked as a Legislative Intern at the Massachusetts State House and as a Program Manager for the Massachusetts Center for Civic Education. Kayla graduated from Suffolk University with a BA in International Relations.