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Athena Women’s Organization Recognizes Women of the Year

April 18, 2019

MOSCOW, Idaho — April 18, 2019 — Athena, the University of Idaho association of staff and faculty committed to promoting an inclusive and equitable climate for women, celebrates the work of faculty and staff members each April who have demonstrated clear and sustained dedication to professional enhancement of women.

The 2019 award recipients will be recognized at the Women of the Year awards ceremony and reception to be held at 5 p.m. Monday, April 22, at University House on Nez Perce Drive on the U of I campus.

This year’s honorees are:

Leontina “LT” Hormel, Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology: Hormel tirelessly strives to advance women — her colleagues and the students she mentors and advises. Her work within and beyond the classroom is highly interdisciplinary, intersectional and intentional. She specializes in gender and class inequalities serving as the director of the academic minor women’s, gender and sexuality studies program. Hormel is highly engaged in co-curricular programming offered by the Women’s Center, continually donating generously of her time and personal resources to supporting the center’s work. Hormel has made deliberate, purposeful efforts to advance the careers of her female colleagues and students and highlight their contributions to the institution by co-authoring academic papers and book chapters with them, and inviting them into her research projects.

Kristin Henrich, Associate Professor, Interim Associate Dean and Head of User and Research Services, University of Idaho Libraries: Henrich embodies Athena’s mission, advocating for an equitable climate within the library and across campus, and elevating voices of her colleagues, especially the women. She mentors incoming librarians, endorsing an inclusive intersectional environment by helping them adjust to new professional roles and providing support and perspective. Henrich has been instrumental in making high-quality educational materials accessible to all students along with helping develop a comprehensive service training program for library student workers. Henrich designed the MILL (Making Innovating and Learning Laboratory), filled with state-of-the-art technology and a vision to create a low-risk collaborative learning environment for all disciplines.

More information on the winners is available at the Athena Women of the Year program website.

Media Contact

Laura Holyoke
Co-President Elect
U of I Athena Women’s Organization

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