The University Award for the Advancement of Women is given to one staff member, one student and one faculty member each year for taking steps on campus to empower and improve the status of women.
This year, Dr. Searles was acknowledged for initiating and leading discussions in the biology department that focused on issues women in science face. Her talks led to the formation of a committee within the biology department dedicated to improving women’s status in the department as well as recruitment and retention of female faculty members.
Caroline Fish is currently the co-chair of Project Dinah, an organization FVPC is proud to partner with. Through her work with Project Dinah, Caroline created a documentary about sexual violence at UNC and led the first Carolina Violence Awareness Week, among many other awareness raising projects. For more information on how to get involved with Project Dinah please visit their website.
And finally, Dr. Bob Pleasants, a UNC staff member and someone who works closely with FVPC, was acknowledged for his extensive work on ending interpersonal violence at UNC. Dr. Pleasants teaches an undergraduate level course on violence prevention, co-sponsors HAVEN, and chairs SARVTAE, a campus task force working to prevent interpersonal violence.
Congratulations University Award for the Advancement of Women honorees!