Of Virginia Women’s Center To Receive AAUW Progress In Equity
September 26, 2002--
12 years, Sharon Davie has led the Women’s Center in creating
programs and providing services that strengthen and support the
environment for women at U.Va. Thanks to a graduate student, the
American Association of University Women is recognizing those efforts
by giving the center its annual Progress in Equity Award. The AAUW
chooses one recipient nationwide each year for the $10,000 award
and will present it Oct. 2 at a reception on Grounds.
the most heartwarming aspects of this,” said Davie, “is
that the center was nominated by a graduate student at the University.”
Cathy Barefoot, a doctoral student in the Curry School of Education
focused on the Women’s Center for an education course project
last spring. She found information about the award while browsing
the AAUW Web site and decided to nominate the center.
had been aware of the Women’s Center before her project, she
said she was amazed by the depth and number of programs the center
offers to so many people, from students to community members. She
noted the center’s many volunteers, and how they receive mentoring
and training from the small but experienced staff.
are unsung heroes,” Barefoot said. “I’m thrilled
the Women’s Center will get the recognition for its exceptional
work. And the money can be used for whatever they need.”
The award, supported
by the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund, is for programs that have furthered
equity for women faculty, staff and/or students; are innovative
or exemplary; address the needs of diverse groups of women; and
can be adapted by other institutions.
The AAUW cited
the center’s services and programs, which address the community’s
needs at and around the University — from the Visiting Artists
and Scholars series to the mentoring emphasis of the Young Women
Leaders Program to the free legal clinic.
of the Women’s Center resulted from a recommendation in the
1988 report of U.Va.’s Task Force on the Status of Women.
it recognizes years of progress at the University and the work of
so many faculty, students, staff and also community members in creating
an environment that is equitable for women and men,” Davie
said. “There’s still work to be done, and people are
engaged with that work. That might be the most optimistic thing
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