Nominations accepted for Women of Color Empowerment Award

Western Today staff

Nominations are now being accepted for the Women of Color Empowerment Award, which recognizes an individual who demonstrates excellence in contributions to women of color while enhancing his or her understanding and sensitivity to issues and concerns for women of color. All enrolled students, faculty and staff of Western Washington University are eligible to be nominated.

The winner for 2012 will be announced at the Women of Color Empowerment Dinner on Friday, May 18.

Nominations are due Wednesday, May 16, using the form attached below. Send completed forms to or

The dinner, which is held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room on the WWU campus, serves to unify and create dialog among students, staff, faculty and community members willing to learn from the collective pressures of race and ethnic relations that women of color face with each experience. Contributing to diversity on campus, the dinner provides an opportunity for members of the WWU community to share their voices in a supportive atmosphere. Furthermore, students will be encouraged and empowered to persist in their higher education pursuits at Western. This powerful event focuses on the struggles, triumphs and experiences of women of color and their allies and celebrates the professional accomplishments and personal successes of women of color throughout our community.

The 14th annual dinner, the theme of which is "Light the Soul, Ignite the Passion," will be held Friday, May 18. The event showcases student talent, keynote speakers, presentation of the Women of Color Empowerment Award and Women of Color Empowerment Scholarship, and fundraising efforts.

Tickets are $15 for WWU students and $25 for faculty, staff and community members. Tickets may be purchasedatthe WWU Box Office or at the box office located in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available at PAC box office up through the evening of the event May 18.

Monday, May 14, 2012 - 11:44am