The Michigan ACE Women’s Network presented its Distinguished Woman Leadership Awards to two people at the annual conference, which was held June 6-7 in Lansing.
This award honors Michigan women who have distinguished themselves by providing outstanding leadership to women in their institutions, in their profession and in society at large. It recognizes groundbreaking work on behalf of women that is outside the scope of the nominee’s formal faculty or staff responsibilities. Honorees have distinguished themselves as advocates for women and catalysts for change.
2016 recipients were Margaret Crouch, professor of history and philosophy at Eastern Michigan University; and Patti Trepkowski, associate provost and dean of instruction support and interdisciplinary studies at Grand Rapids Community College.
Crouch’s undergraduate and graduate education in philosophy of women, feminist theory, social justice, human rights, and global ethics demonstrate her passion for issues impacting women.
She served as the director of EMU’s Women’s Studies Program and currently chairs the university’s Women’s Commission. She has been selected to chair the search for the university’s first chief diversity officer. A nominator noted that she “advocates fiercely on behalf of women faculty and students who experience bias, intimidation, or sexual harassment. She mentors women in academia, advocates for their advancement, and serves as a role model in the university.”
Trepkowski began her career at GRCC nearly 40 years ago, when she was head aide in the Laboratory Preschool. She has held roles of assistant dean, dean of instructional design, dean of instructional support and interdisciplinary studies, associate provost and interim provost. She facilitated the creation of a Women’s Studies (now Gender Studies) curriculum and was an early advocate for study abroad.
A nominator called Trepkowski a “systems thinker,” and praised her strong sense of institutional culture, while stating that her mentorship has profoundly influenced faculty and administrators, and through those people, her positive influence on the students and culture of GRCC will be long-lived.