Headed by Director of Multicultural Programs and the W.A.G.E. Womyn's Center Forest Wortham, the event was planned by a committee of Womyn's center student coordinators, including Andrea Singer, class of 2008 from Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Cate Downing, class of 2008 from Norwalk, Ohio, Riley Stoermer, class of 2008 from Springfield, Ohio, and Rebekah Hall, class of 2009 from Caledonia, Mich.
While Wittenberg students have celebrated and recognized 2008 Womyn's History Month in a variety of ways, the planning committee's focus has been this unique event to honor outstanding women at Wittenberg. The reception honors female faculty and staff members who have made a significant impact on the Wittenberg community, with the award recipients chosen by the committee. The committee is asking those students who nominated the winners to come to the reception to read excerpts from their nominations.
"[The planning committee] wanted to form an event that was significantly unique to our university," Downing said. "The reception will recognize an array of female faculty and staff members for their accomplishments at Wittenberg.
"We wanted to create an opportunity for students to recognize how women at Wittenberg serve as role models and great mentors, to create a campus-wide buzz to remind people to take a second and thank female figures in their own lives for their strengths, accomplishments and challenges."
Singer said the event's primary purpose is to recognize women who have made a difference at Wittenberg, filling what she says is a lack of recognition.
"We noticed that though women are the majority of students, there had not really been much done to recognize Witt women faculty and staff," Singer said. "Our program is just a celebration of those great women leaders."
"We want to honor the women who help shape and mold the minds of Wittenberg students," she said. "This is particularly important because we believe we are giving representation and a voice to women, who are a minority among the faculty members, and recognize their contributions, which are often overlooked and unappreciated.
"Our motivation behind recognizing intelligent and influential women has nothing to do with anger of inequality. It's all about celebrating their achievements as successful and important women."
Written By: Rachel Morgan '08
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