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Celebrating Changemakers

The Celebrating Changemakers program (formerly Celebrating University Women Awards Program) is held each fall to honor the recipients of Women’s Center-affiliated awards, grants and scholarships

Soua Thao and Johanna Heegeman, 2015 recipients of the Sharon Doherty Student Leadership Award

Celebrating Changemakers 2017

Celebrating Changemakers Awards Program
Thursday, October 19, 2017
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. (Program begins at 4:30 p.m.)
Johnson Great Room, McNamara Alumni Center

Join the Women's Center, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, and the Office for Equity and Diversity in honoring outstanding University scholars and changemakers! This annual event honors the recipients of Women's Center-affiliated scholarships, grants, and awards with a short program and a dessert reception. The program will begin at 4:30 p.m. with opening remarks from Soua Thao and Cheyenne Syvertson-Hagestuen, MSW candidates in the School of Social Work and 2015/2016 recipients of the Women's Center Sharon L. Doherty Student Leadership Award. 

Award and scholarship winners honored at this event include: 

Mullen-Spector-Truax Women’s Leadership Award
Sarah Rohne, Employer Relations Director and Associate Director, Law School Career Center

Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award*
Melissa A. Koenig, Professor, Institute of Child Development

Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award*
Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari, Professor, Pediatrics

Charlotte Striebel Equity Award
Jason Jackson, Multicultural Education Coordinator and Teaching Specialist, Leadership Minor

Sharon L. Doherty Student Leadership Award
Sadie C. Otte, Doctor of Philosophy Candidate, College of Science and Engineering

Sharon L. Doherty Student Leadership Award
Juliana T. Vievering, Doctor of Philosophy Candidate, College of Science and Engineering

Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship Recipients 
Sahgahsega Atkinson, Elizabeth Carls, Katie Eschenbauch, Kristy Gatheridge, Bernadette Genis Casey, Kate Sammons, Samantha Siebman

Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barceló Scholarship Recipients
Maria Bonilla, Maryan Garane, Aisha Hassan, Jessica Hassan, Nidia Lopez Martinez, Sydney Michael, Alix Poliszuk, Minette Saulog, Pajuaplai Vang

Women’s Center Gender Equity Grant Recipients
Andersen Lactation Room Ad Hoc Group
Updated Lactation Space – Andersen Library

Center for Immunology
Empowering Women in Science

Chemistry Chapter of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)
Fostering Growth of Women in the Sciences

Chicano and Latino Studies
Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS)

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering and CFANS Advising
Building Bridges to Equity: Women and Community in BBE

University YMCA
Y Acción con el Corazón

Women in Physics & Astronomy (WiPA)
WiPA Operations and Activities

*Award funded by Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost

Past Speakers and Topics

2016: "Reclaiming Joy: What is the Role of Joy in Activism?" - Jennifer Ernie-Steighner, independent feminist scholar
2015: "Engaged and Empowered: How Ordinary Women Lead in Extraordinary Ways" - Katrice Albert, Ph.D., Vice President, Office for Equity and Diversity 
2014: "Celebrating the (S)heroes of Our Own Stories" - Sasanehsaeh Pyawasay, Diversity Program Coordinator, College of Science and Engineering
2013: "From Fear to Fearless"-Katie Eichele, Director, Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education 
2012: "Dare to Be Powerful" - Jessica Diaz, B.A. Candidate, Dept. of Anthropology & Michaela McLaughlin, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Educational Psychology
2011: "Turning to One Another" - Laura Bloomberg, Ph.D., Director, Center for Integrative Leadership
2010: "Chaos, Connectedness and Community: A Woman’s Journey" - Linda L. Halcón, Ph.D., MPH, RN, Associate Professor, School of Nursing
2009: “A Woman: A Warrior” - Sudha Shetty, J.D., Director, International Fellowship Program, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
2008: “Storms and Silences From the Four Winds: Women’s Wisdom” - Margaret Moss, J.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Nursing
2007: “Honoring the Stories and Strengths of Women” - Nancy (Rusty) Barceló, Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity