Leaders Honored at Women's History Month Event

The IUPUI Office for Women and the Division of Student Affairs held its 21st Annual Women’s History Month Leadership Awards reception last week and honored eighteen women-identified faculty, staff and students as outstanding leaders on campus. The program concluded a month of celebrating National Women’s History month.

 This year’s theme was, “Nevertheless She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.” Myra K. Selby, a partner in the law firm of Ice Miller, LLP, addressed this theme in her keynote presentation. She was the first woman and first person of color on the Indiana Supreme Court serving as an Associate Justice from 1995-1999. She also chaired the Commission on Race and Fairness on behalf of the Indiana Supreme Court.

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The honorees stand with their awards. Photo courtesy of the Office for Women.

Seven faculty, five staff and six students received recognition during the event, held in the Campus Center. One of the awards from the Office for Women celebrated the "IUPUI Inspirational Woman." This year's recipient was Carolyn S. Gentle-Genitty, Assistant Vice President for University Academic Policy, Director of the University Office of Transfer and Associate Professor, IU School of Social Work.

Other award recipients are:

Veteran Faculty

Carrie Hagan, Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Director, Civil Practice Clinic, IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Joan R. Poulsen, Division Head of Science, Associate Professor, Indiana University –Purdue University Columbus

Michelle P.  Salyers, Professor of Psychology, Director of Clinical Psychology Program, IUPUI School of Science

M. Kim Saxton, Clinical Associate Professor of Marketing, IU Kelley School of Business, Indianapolis

Newcomer Faculty

Tawana K. Ware, Assistant Professor, IU School of Dentistry

Part-time Faculty Award

Janice Bankert-Countryman, Associate Instructor for Women’s Studies and Communication Studies, IU School of Liberal Arts, Indianapolis

Veteran Staff

Roxanne Gregg, Director, Upward Bound, IUPUI

Monica Henry, Assistant Director, Finance and Administration, IUPUI Graduate Office

Mary Price, Director of Faculty Development, IUPUI Center for Service and Learning

Newcomer Staff

Teresa Mackin, Assistant Director of Communications and Media Relations, IU Kelley School of Business, Indianapolis

Tytishia “Ty” Davis, Assistant Dean and Director, Office of Student Advocacy and Support


Student Award Winners presented by the Division of Student Affairs

Abike Akinro, First Year Law Student, expected graduation: May 2020

Ashton Dillon, Major: Health Science, Minor: Chemistry, expected graduation: May 2019

Cecilia Gomez, Majors: Anthropology and Social Work, Minors: Spanish and Global and International Studies, expected graduation: Spring 2019

Hannah Walters, Major: Biology, Minor: Medical Sociology, expected graduation: May 2018

Holli Weed, Graduate Student: Higher Education and Student Affairs, expected graduation: May 2018

Sierra Lee, Majors: Marketing and International Studies, expected graduation: May 2018