NIU’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Women this spring honored Rebekah Kohli, Julia Lamb, Sherrill Morris and Lesley Rigg with its annual awards.
Kohli, program coordinator in Women’s Studies and faculty adviser to the NIU Women’s Rights Alliance, won the Women Who Make a Difference Award.
The award recognizes women with outstanding dedication to the empowerment of NIU women. Winners make changes at the unit level, make important contributions to addressing issues that are important to women and go “the extra mile” to assist others.
Lamb, outreach coordinator for NIU’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies, and Morris, an assistant professor of speech-language pathology in the Department of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders in the College of Health and Human Sciences, share the Outstanding Mentor Award.
Winners of this award show exceptional commitment to advancing the career and/or educational goals of NIU women students, staff, and/or faculty. They consistently act as exemplary teachers, coaches, advisers, facilitators and resources in helping NIU women achieve career and/or educational goals. They creates opportunities that help protégés achieve their goals, and they demonstrate the characteristics of an outstanding role model within their areas of expertise.
Rigg, associate professor and undergraduate coordinator in the Department of Geography in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is this year’s Wilma D. Stricklin Award recipient.
Winners of the Stricklin award demonstrates exemplary leadership/service resulting in a more favorable campus climate for women. They provides continual leadership/service over an extended period of time. They expend efforts beyond expectations and work responsibilities. They achieve results and effect lasting changes that make NIU a better campus for women.