Women of Distinction
The purpose of the Women of Distinction event is to provide a venue for the celebration of Women’s History Month, observed in March, and to recognize women who have made a difference in the lives of others. The event is open to students, staff and faculty, and local community members. Women of Distinction began in 2009 with much success, and it is the goal of the Office of Student Involvement to offer the memorable event annually.
The Distinguished Woman of the Year award is intended to honor women who have inspired, mentored and empowered others. Nominees are eligible for one of three awards- the WSU Vancouver student category, the non-student category or the local area high school student category. The Distinguished Woman of the Year recipients are chosen by a committee of WSU Vancouver and community representatives.
Nominations are now closed
Nominations were accepted until February 26.
Distinguished Women of the Year
To be announced.
To be announced.
The Women of Distinction program is proud to support our community by collecting donations that will benefit the Young Women in Action program. Guests to the March 28th celebration are encouraged to bring items from the "wish list" below.
Young Women in Action (YWIA) is a mentoring program providing fifth grade girls from disadvantaged backgrounds an opportunity to focus on important life skills. It was founded in 1993 by Women in Action, a leadership group in Vancouver, WA. In 2009, the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools began to oversee YWIA. This spring, YWIA is underway at Harney, Marshall, Roosevelt and Washington Elementary Schools.
The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools works with a team of volunteers to recruit mentors and lead the girls through nine weeks of programming. Topics include nutrition and exercise, friendship and social interaction, manners and etiquette, career development, and modeling good citizenship through service activities within our community.
The structure of YWIA allows students to branch out of their usual circle of friends, gaining confidence as they transition to middle school and beyond.
- YWIA Online Program Description
- Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools website
- Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools Facebook Page