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Dr. April Brooks Women of Distinction Awards

Award recipients at the 2018 Dr. April Brooks Women of Distinction Awards.
Award recipients at the 2018 Dr. April Brooks Women of Distinction Awards.

South Dakota State University
Dr. April Brooks Women of Distinction Awards

In celebration of Women’s History Month in March, SDSU’s Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies program announces the annual Dr. April Brooks Women of Distinction Awards. These awards recognize the outstanding accomplishments of women and those who promote opportunities for historically marginalized groups at South Dakota State University, including through community activism and service. Five women and one ally will be honored every year.

This year, the awards will be part of a day-long celebration of the centennial of U.S. women’s suffrage. Prior to the awards ceremony, we will hold a panel discussion about the current status of voting rights in the United States, as well as the status of the women’s movement in 2020.

Women of Distinction Awards

Nominations are open to women in the following roles:

  • Administration
  • Professional Staff/NFE
  • Faculty
  • Civil Service Staff
  • Student

Ally Award

We are pleased to announce the Ally Award. Nominations for this award are open to any person or organization, on or off campus, who demonstrate(s) a commitment to supporting the mission of the WGSS program: to educate our university and the public on issues related to gender and sexuality, through innovative curricula, research, and outreach.

All nominees will be recognized, and winners will be formally announced at the annual Dr. April Brooks Women of Distinction Awards Presentation and Reception:

Location: Lewis & Clark Room (USU 262), University Student Union

Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Time: 3:00 – 5:00  

Panel Discussion will begin at 3:00, with the awards ceremony immediately following. We will have a light reception to conclude the day’s events from 4:30 – 5:00.

Nomination Requirements:

Please adhere to the word count/page limit for each component; applications that do not follow the word count/page limit will not be considered for the award.

  1. Nomination or self-nomination letter (300-600 words)
  2. One letter of support (300-600 words)
  3. Resume or brief CV (no more than three pages) outlining the nominee’s qualifications for this award

The nomination and support letters should:

  • Name the category for which the nominee is being nominated (administration, professional staff/NFE, faculty, civil service staff, student, or ally).
  • Explain why the nominee merits consideration for this award. Please discuss specific examples of the nominee’s accomplishments and their impact on the campus and/or community.

Submit nominating materials electronically as a single attachmentby Friday, February 21 at 5:00 If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours from submission, please resubmit via email.