Huron, Ohio – Four employees and three students of Bowling Green State University Firelands College recently received the “Institutional Change” honor as part of the 2011 Feminist Falcon Awards program sponsored by the Women’s Studies Department at Bowling Green State University.

The award recognizes individuals who have significantly contributed to changes at BGSU that benefit women.  The changes may be recent or historical and the award is open to all BGSU faculty, students, staff, and community members.

The seven BGSU Firelands awardees were nominated for their efforts in establishing, organizing, and executing the VDay 2010 and 2011 activities on campus.  VDAY is a global movement of grassroots activists dedicated to generating broader attention, educational awareness, and funds to stop violence against women and girls including rape, battery, incest, and sex slavery.  This global effort creates new opportunities and resources by supporting local activities, which in turn donate proceeds to local and broader organizations.

The BGSU Firelands awardees are:

Heather Beverly, Huron, is finishing her associate degree this year and will continue her education to become a Registered Nurse;

Katia Castile, Norwalk, is a liberal studies student and vice president of Women’s Resource Group;

Traci Taylor, Sandusky, is completing an associate in the arts and is president of Women’s Resource Group;

Sharon Britton, Oberlin, is director of the Library, an assistant professor, and co-advisor of the Women’s Resource Group;

Brigitte Green-Churchwell, Sandusky, is a special needs assistant in the Teaching and Learning Center;

Sue Ellen McComas, Huron, is an assistant professor and co-advisor of the Women’s Resource Group; and

Julie Didelot, Castalia, is an instructor of sociology and women’s studies.

According to the nominator, “These individuals have collectively been a part of shifting the institutional culture at Firelands from one in which women’s issues were virtually invisible to one in which there is an increasing awareness of women’s issues, both local and global.”

The awardees were recognized at the Women’s Studies Research Symposium Reception on Friday, March 25, held at the BGSU campus.

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