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Sharon Howard, first director of NIU's Women's Resource Center

Sharon Howard has served as an inspiration, coach and mentor to a few generations of NIU women (graduate students, undergraduates, and non-traditional students). She has been a mentor and friend to so many colleagues. She was the first director of the NIU Women's Resource Center (now the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center) and a recipient of the Wilma Stricklin Award.  (Margie Cook, Anna Beth Payne, Michelle Bringas, Anne Kaplan, Kathy Hotelling, Sylvia Fuentes, Deborah Haliczer, Rebekah Kohli, Amy Levin, Lise Schlosser, Lois and Robert Self, Mary Sheldon, anonymous).