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The Hatfield Prize is designed to foster and advance Christian scholarship on today’s most complex social challenges. Awarded annually to three student-faculty pairs from Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) institutions, the Prize facilitates student-faculty research over the course of a semester, and culminates in the publication of three policy reports.


The 2019 Hatfield Prize reports make a vital and timely contribution to the issues of teen food insecurity, food insecurity on college campuses, and housing for returning citizens. Woven throughout each report is a compelling and hopeful vision, rooted in the Christian faith, for how government, civil society, and citizens can promote flourishing for all of our neighbors.

This year’s Hatfield Prize recipients are: Ana O’Quin and Dr. Stephanie Clintonia Boddie (Baylor University), Shannon Que and Dr. Stephen Baldridge (Abilene Christian University) and Abigail Stevens and Dr. Christa Lee-Chuvala (Eastern University).



In The Hidden Epidemic of Teen Food Insecurity, Baylor University’s Ana O’Quin (‘20) and faculty advisor Dr. Stephanie Clintonia Boddie examine the issue of food insecurity among teenagers in Waco, Texas and beyond. The report details the experience of food-insecure teens, explores the mental, physical, and spiritual impacts of food insecurity, and makes recommendations for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and civil society institutions serving this population. 


Ana O’Quin

Ana O’Quin is a senior social work major with a poverty and social justice minor at Baylor University. She completed her research for The Hatfield Prize during her junior year. O’Quin loves being invested in the Waco community through mentoring in Young Life, volunteering with an anti-trafficking organization, and working at a local coffee shop. She grew up overseas in Indonesia and loves to jump on a plane and travel at every chance that she gets. 


Dr. Stephanie Clintonia Boddie

Dr. Stephanie Clintonia Boddie joined the Baylor University faculty in 2017 as an assistant professor of Church and Community Ministries with affiliations at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, the George W. Truett Theological Seminary, and the School of Education. Boddie is also a non-resident senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society and an alumni fellow at the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program. She is a faculty associate at Pitt-Assisted Communities and Schools at University of Pittsburgh and the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis as well, as a co-convener of the Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race. 


By Shannon Que and Dr. Stephen Baldridge

In An Invisible Crisis: Food Insecurity on College Campuses, Abilene Christian University’s Shannon Que (‘19) and faculty advisor Dr. Stephen Baldridge examine the racial and socioeconomic disparities associated with food-insecure college students and highlight the detrimental short and long-term impacts on students. The report makes recommendations for the ways that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and civil society — especially higher education institutions — can respond to this crisis and ensure that all students are equipped to flourish.



Shannon Que

Shannon Que graduated from Abilene Christian University (ACU) in 2019 with a degree in social work and minors in Bible, missions, and ministry, global studies, and public administration. She completed her research for The Hatfield Prize during her senior year, and is now pursuing a Master’s of Social Work at Abilene Christian University. As an undergraduate, Que served as the president of ACU’s Social Work Student Association, was a Jack Pope Fellow, and was a member of the Student Panel of Undergraduate Research. 


Dr. Stephen Baldridge

Dr. Stephen Baldridge received his bachelor’s in social work from Lubbock Christian University, and his Master’s and Ph.D. in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington. The majority of his practice career was spent in public schools working in special education and behavior modification. Since joining the faculty at Abilene Christian University in 2009, his research has focused on childhood behavior, teaching pedagogy, nutrition and food justice, and homelessness. He currently serves as the BSSW Program Director and the Assistant Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at ACU.



In Coming Home: A Community-Based Approach to Housing for Returning Citizens, Eastern University’s Abigail Stevens (‘19) and faculty advisor Dr. Christa Lee-Chuvala detail racial and socioeconomic disparities present in the criminal justice system, examine barriers to securing public housing, and makes recommendations for a community-based approach to housing for returning citizens that includes more responsive programming from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and civil society institutions.



Abigail Stevens

Abigail Stevens graduated from Eastern University with a degree in economic development in 2019. She completed her research for The Hatfield Prize during her senior year. As an undergraduate, Stevens’ served as the student president of the Templeton Honors College and was a research assistant for a book on interfaith friendship between Christians and Muslims. She grew up in Bend, Oregon, and her passion for social and economic justice has brought her to some unique communities that have greatly shaped her education. During her time at Eastern, Abigail became fluent in Spanish and lived and worked in three different states and four different countries. Most memorably, she worked as the executive assistant for A Breeze of Hope Foundation in Bolivia, served as a missionary for six months in South America, and lived with a family in South Philadelphia. 


Dr. Christa Lee-Chuvala

Dr. Christa Lee-Chuvala is Assistant Professor of Social Sector Leadership in the College of Business and Leadership at Eastern University. Her research interests center on the economics of social transformation. Dr. Lee-Chuvala is particularly interested in innovative cross-sector collaboration efforts to create solutions for large-scale social problems. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in economics and data analysis, and is a primary faculty member in the MBA in Social Impact. She also teaches courses and advises doctoral dissertations in the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership program. Prior to coming to Eastern University, Dr. Lee-Chuvala worked in both the community development and international development fields, and served as the co-executive director of the Boston Faith & Justice Network.


Core to our mission is the formation of Christian young adults towards a more engaged and just civic presence. Now that you’ve read the reports, here’s how to get involved:

  1. Sign up for Shared Justice’s monthly newsletter to receive updates on our work and resources for civic engagement.

  2. Request a print copy of The Hatfield Prize reports and share them with friends, professors, coworkers, and public officials.

  3. Form a Political Discipleship group and advocate for one of the issues covered in the reports. Political Discipleship is an 11-week praxis-based curriculum that helps Christians form lifelong habits and practices of citizenship. Email katie.thompson@cpjustice.org for more information.

  4. Make a one-time or reoccurring gift to The Center for Public Justice to equip Christian college students and academics to advance Christian scholarship on today’s most complex social policies.

About the Hatfield prize

The Hatfield Prize (formerly the Shared Justice Student-Faculty Research Prize) is awarded annually to three student-faculty pairs from Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) schools. Recipients conduct research on social policies that impact vulnerable children, families, and communities, and explore the impact of these policies in their local communities. This semester-long research project culminates in three policy reports that make recommendations for both government and civil society institutions in contributing to policies that promote flourishing communities. The Prize honors the legacy of the late Senator Mark O. Hatfield, who served as a United States senator from Oregon for three decades. Hatfield was known for his principled Christian faith and for his commitment to working across difference to find common ground.

About the Center for public justice

Shared Justice is an initiative of The Center for Public Justice. The Center for Public Justice (CPJ) is an independent, nonpartisan organization devoted to policy research and civic education. Working outside the familiar categories of right and left, conservative and liberal, we seek to help citizens and public officeholders respond to God's call to do justice. Our mission is to equip citizens, develop leaders, and shape policy in pursuit of our purpose to serve God, advance justice, and transform public life.

With Thanks

The Hatfield Prize is made possible through the generosity of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. We thank them for their support, but acknowledge that the findings and conclusions presented in these reports are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of these foundations.