Five women around UNC’s campus were recognized with annual University Awards for the Advancement of Women on March 19, during Women’s History Month. This award gives these women distinction and a monetary prize for their efforts to better the lives of women around campus.
“It's one thing to say that you care about the advancement of women in a university setting and it's another to have an award like this that publicly acknowledges these efforts," said Sarah Birken, professor in Department of Health Policy and Management at the at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. "It brings people together to celebrate the great work that is happening across campus to address some of the inequities we see and the biases that we see.”
This year, one faculty member, one undergraduate student, two graduate students and one staff member who have engaged in efforts intended to advance the status of women on campus were awarded. The award is at a University level, meaning the chancellor grants the award, which is administered by the Carolina Women's Center.
“Congratulations to the five honorees of the University Awards for the Advancement of Women managed by @UNCWomensCtr," said Interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz in a tweet. "Thank you for your inspiring work to advance the status of women on campus – you're laying a strong foundation that future generations can build on!”
Grace Langley, a senior at UNC who won an award, said that the UAAW shows a broader effort by the University to attain gender equity on campus and within our community. She is involved in a variety of groups, including Carolina Advocates for Gender Equity, the Women Engaged in Learning and Leadership Residential Learning Program and Feminism for All.