Two faculty and staff members received $5,000 and one student received $2,500, all for their efforts toward the advancement of women at the University.
Monday, Chancellor Holden Thorp presented the three winners with their awards at the Campus Y as part of the Carolina Women’s Center’s Gender Week.
The award recognizes one faculty member, one staff member and a student who have worked to benefit women at UNC.
This year’s ceremony honored professor of sociology Sherryl Kleinman, Campus Health Services nurse practitioner Beverly Yuhasz and senior Alison Grady, a peace, war and defense major.
Thorp praised the contributions of all three award recipients.
“It is an honor to be here today and celebrate the work that you all do,” he said.
The award to support the advancement of women has been given annually since 2006, said Christi Hurt, interim director of the Carolina Women’s Center.
Nominations are accepted in the fall, and three winners are chosen in the spring by a selection committee.
Grady was honored for her work with the campus group One Act, which is dedicated to teaching students about sexual violence and its prevention. She also was recognized for her work as the executive director of Students for Students International.
Grady said her work with both groups shares a common mission.
Kleinman was honored for her contributions in helping to create a gender-inclusive language policy for the University.
“What is most rewarding is working with others — the relationships one develops, the solidarity built through the ups and the downs,” Kleinman said in an email.
Yuhasz was honored for her 25-year career as a forensic nurse examiner at CHS. Yuhasz helped establish the Victims’ Assistance Fund, which helps pay for the medical expenses of victims of sexual assault.
Yuhasz said receiving the award motivated her to do further work toward improving women’s health and safety on campus.
“This has been a platform to jumping off to a new adventure, as my grandson would say.”
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