President's Commission on the Status of University Women Award
Montana State University is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the President’s Commission on the Status of University Women Award. This award is designed to honor an individual (faculty or staff leader) who has established a record of working to improve issues related to gender, equity, and diversity on any of MSU’s four campuses.
Nominations can be made by submitting the candidate’s name and a short narrative (maximum of three to four sentences) to the Recognition Committee Chair, Betsy Danforth at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also submit a nomination from the Office of the Provost's Awards page at http://www.montana.edu/provost/faculty/awards.html
The deadline for submitting nominations for this award is 5:00 p.m., October 23, 2015. Nominated individuals will be asked to provide a one‐page narrative describing their work in this area and a current vita or resume.
The award recipient will be recognized at MSU’s Spring 2016 Convocation ceremony on January 12, 2016.
This award is given to a member of the faculty or staff who has established a record of working to improve issues related to gender, equity and diversity on any of MSU's four campuses.
This year, Ariel Donohue, Program Manager of the Diversity Awareness Office, was awarded the President's Commission on the Status of University Women Award. This award includes a $2,000 honorarium. Donohue is passionate about creating supportive communities, working with students and promoting and embracing diversity in all forms. Donohue singlehandedly secured a a 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (HEED Award) from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. Donohue continues to pursue collaborative efforts with departments across campus and oversee a plethora of diversity focused events each year. Donohue is a critical member of events like the Martin Luther King Day Lecture and events, National Coming Out Day events, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and the International Food Bazaar.
Last year, Jessi Smith, psychology, received the President's Commission on the Status of University Women Award given to a member of the faculty or staff who has established a record of working to improve issues related to gender, equity and diversity on any of MSU's four campuses. The award includes a $2,000 honorarium.
Smith is the principal investigator of a $3.4 million NSF ADVANCE grant that is broadening
the participation of women faculty members at MSU and has been instrumental to many
campus innovations that improved the lives of both men and women at MSU. Her service
aligns with her own research that focuses on motivation, goals and stereotypes as
they relate to gender and achievement. She is a prolific writer who has published
scores of research articles in top-tier peer reviewed journals, several book chapters
and an edited book.
In 2013, Betsy Danforth, director of the MSU Women's Center, was awarded the inaugural President's Commission on the Status of University Women Award. The award includes a $2,000 honorarium. Danforth served on the committee that founded the Victim Options in the Campus Environment (VOICE) Center, revitalized Students Against Sexual Assault and Students for Choice. She has served on the Women's and Gender Studies Committee since its inception. She works closely with the Diversity Awareness Office, the VOICE Center, the Women's and Gender Studies minor as well as a number of off-campus organizations linked to her work at MSU.