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The Award for Enhancing the Climate on Campus for Women was created in the Spring of 1995 by The President's Commission on the Status of Women. Since its establishment in 1981, the mission of the Commission has been to enhance the campus climate for women. The Commission members felt that it was appropriate to recognize those who significantly contribute to that effort.
The award was named for Dr. Wilma D. Stricklin, who arrived at NIU in 1976 as the Chair of the Department of Management. Shortly thereafter she was asked to chair a committee that was reviewing the Title IX program in intercollegiate athletics. The resulting "Stricklin Report" established the structure that eventually brought men's and women's athletics together at NIU. Later she chaired a task force that was instrumental in the establishment of NIU's Office of University Resources for Women currently our Women's Resource Center. While serving as Acting Vice President and Provost, Dr. Stricklin oversaw the integration of NIU's new College of Law into the overall university structure. When the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women was established in 1981, Wilma Stricklin was elected the first chair. The selection of Stricklin as the award's namesake was the unanimous choice by Commission members; she was described as a member of the pathfinder generation of women at the university, she took it as an obligation to make the way easier for those who would follow."
The inaugural award was presented to Lois Self at the Outstanding Women Student Award Ceremony in April 1995; other Award recipients and nominees can be found here. Each award recipient is given a work of art created by a female member of the NIU School of Art.