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PACSW Announces Recipients of Inaugural Gender Justice Awards

The members of the President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (PACSW) announce with great delight and pride the recipients of USF’s first annual Gender Justice Awards. Recipients are recognized for their exceptional commitment to the promotion of gender justice at University of San Francisco or in the larger city, national, or global community. Gender Justice is the active promotion of equal, just, and dignified treatment of individuals regardless of sex, gender, or sexualities, and the remedying of inequalities on these bases.

The founding members of Students Taking Action Against Sexual Violence (STAASV, now known as Communities Against Sexual Assault or CASA), are recognized for raising awareness of sexual assault and prevention and for their role in the founding of the USF Gender, Sexualities & Women’s Resource Center. Founding members and key organizers of STAASV were the following USF alumni: Erika Carlsen, Politics ’09; Erin-Kate Escobar, Politics ’09; Maggie Mullen, Sociology ’09; Jennifer L. Reed, Performing Arts and Social Justice ’10; Samantha Sheppard-Gonzalez, Performing Arts and Social Justice ’10; Jamie Trinh, Nursing ’10; and Veronica Vasquez, Sociology ’10.

The Equitable Benefits Subcommittee of USF Pride and their allies are recognized for their work to obtain domestic partnership benefits for USF faculty and staff, resulting in USF becoming one of the first Jesuit institutions to offer domestic partner benefits to employees, and paving the way for other Catholic institutions. By request of the LGBTQ Caucus, USF Budget Director Michael Harrington, an early leader in the subcommittee, will represent the group in receiving this honor.  

 In the spirit of USF’s mission, these honorees truly were leaders who fashioned a more humane and just world – here at USF. Several other individuals who have devoted themselves to establishing gender justice, at USF and beyond, were nominated for the awards this year. We sincerely thank all the nominees and those who nominated candidates. We are truly honored to work with a community of individuals and groups who so energetically demonstrate their commitment to equality.
Recipients of the First Annual PACSW Gender Justice Awards will be recognized at a reception co-sponsored by the USF Alumni Association, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of USF’s Global Women’s Rights Forum, on Thursday, March 10.

Written by Deborah Benrubi