On Thursday, April 29, the Institute for Women’s Studies presented five women with Outstanding Women Awards at the 23rd annual awards event.
Sophie Chavez Frederick, recipient of the Alumna Award, helped develop the integrative therapeutic practices degree program. She has also undertaken a health project at the Quigg Newton Housing Project working with low-income Spanish-speaking women.
Associate Professor of African and African American Studies Ella Maria Ray, recipient of the Adjunct Faculty Award, served on the Black World Conference Committee and the planning committee for the Bridge Speaker, “Push” author Sapphire. Bridge refers to the symbolic bridging of Black History Month in February with Women's History Month in March.
Margo L. Birkholz, recipient of the Student Award, volunteers at homeless shelters, food banks and the Jefferson County Women, Infants and Children program while continuing her studies as a human nutrition and dietetics major.
Program assistant for the African and African American Studies Department Heather Ligrani, recipient of the Classified Staff Award, helped coordinate major conferences on campus, including the Black World Conference, Remembering Rwanda and the Bold Leaders Program.
Assistant Director of Alumni Programs and Communication Stefanie Carroll, recipient of the Friend of the Institute Award, assisted the Institute for Women’s Studies with the formation of its Alumni Club, and helped to kick off the club’s first event in December.
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