Woman of the Year
The Athena Women of the Year award is given annually to women who have demonstrated clear and sustained dedication to women’s professional enhancement at the University of Idaho. Women of the Year are women who truly represent the mission of Athena and fearlessly engage both professionally and personally in making changes that support and forward the mission of Athena. These are women who have truly gone above and beyond the call of duty to provide mentorship to other women, advocate for an inclusive and supportive climate, volunteering and engaging across the University in ways that carry out in word and deed the mission of Athena. Nominees may also be engaged in other efforts, beyond our campus.
This award should not be based on a single achievement, but rather on the totality of a person’s efforts over a sustained period of time carried out on behalf of women at UI.
Nominees must be women currently working in a UI board-appointed position of at least half-time and have worked at UI for a minimum of three years.
Director, College Assistance Migrant Program
Evelina serves as the Director for the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at the University of Idaho. A UI alumna, Evelina has served as a mentor to first-generation Latina students since 2006, first as the CAMP Program Advisor, and most recently as CAMP Director. Growing up in a seasonal farm working family, and the first in her family to receive a college degree, Evelina credits her positive experience with the CAMP program providing her with support while an undergraduate student. Evelina continues to provide the same positive experience for first-generation and first-year students in her role as CAMP Director. She serves on countless committees which help to create a more inclusive campus environment, including The Bandana Project, which highlights the high rates of sexual violence committed against women farm workers; and CAMP Women’s Night Program, which creates a safe space for women students to learn about and ask questions about sex education.
Evelina’s nominator stated that she advocates quietly, but diligently and wholeheartedly, to create an environment on campus where female students can discover themselves personally and academically. On a daily basis, they elaborated, Evelina helps to increase the likelihood that Latina students will find a home at the University of Idaho by promoting an inclusive and equitable climate for women. Evelina is one of the very few professional Latinas on campus that understand where Latina students come from, the difficult conversations they take on, and their overall experience often as the first woman in their families to attend college. Under Evelina’s direction, the CAMP program has one of the highest retention rates of first-year students on campus.
Professor and Assistant Unit Leader, Idaho Cooperative, Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Dr. Christine Moffitt has served the University of Idaho since 1981. She is a professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences, and an Assistant Unit Leader for the Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in the College of Natural Resources. hroughout her long career, she has been a trailblazer in a male-dominated profession, and has tirelessly advocated for women, diversity, and inclusion. In 2010, Dr. Moffitt was honored at the American Fisheries Society national meeting with the Emmeline Moore Award, named after the first female president of the Society in 1927-28. Dr. Moffitt was recognized for her efforts, service, and commitment to women’s initiatives, promoting demographic diversity, public understanding of diversity issues, and inspirational leadership. She has been a leader in this organization at the local and national levels, and served as the president of the National Society in 1999-2000. In 2012, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Idaho Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.
At the University of Idaho, she is a dedicated mentor and advocate for underrepresented students. She has been a mentor in HOIST (Helping Orient Indian Students and Teachers) for Native American high school students interested in fisheries. In 2015, she co-organized the UI Tribal Natural Resources Education Summit, and Carolyn Finney’s visit (author of Black Faces and White Spaces). She is a leader in the UI undergraduate Doris Duke program, which provides mentoring and career development for underrepresented students. She has received both Outstanding Faculty and Outstanding Advisor Awards from CNR.
Dr. Moffitt has been extremely active in service, outreach, and extension at the University of Idaho, particularly in efforts to promote and support women. She is an active ATHENA member, and has served on the ATHENA board. She brought a valuable perspective to this board as a strong research scientist and for the concerns of women in the STEM fields. Dr. Moffitt is also a recipient of the Women’s Center’s Virginia Wolf Distinguished Service Award for her dedication to gender justice.