March is National Women’s History Month, and International Women’s Day (#BeBoldForChange) is today, March 8. In honor of this celebration of the collective achievements of women, Union is proud to salute a few of the many women who mirror Union’s mission to engage, enlighten, and empower adult students to pursue a lifetime of learning, service, and social responsibility. In the words of Elizabeth A. Pastores-Palffy, Ph.D., Executive Director, Los Angeles Academic Center, “As a female leader, it is an honor to work at Union Institute & University where leadership skills are valued and appreciated without gender bias.”

Impact by the numbers:

11,040 – Number of female graduates*

54% – Number of female students*

115 – Number of female faculty

80 – Number of female staff

5 – Number of female Board of Trustee members

Impact by the community:

• Dr. Gladys Gossett Hankins, UI&U Board of Trustee member and Kimbrea Browning, VP of Enrollment, active members of The Links, Incorporated, an organization comprised primarily of women of African heritage dedicated to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the identities, culture and economic survival of people of African origin through cultural, educational and civic programs.

• Carolyn Krause, VP of Advancement and Donna Gruber, Cincinnati Center Executive Director, gatekeepers of the Women in Union scholarship program that support mothers who urgently need financial assistance to complete their college degree.

• Dr. Jenny Laster, Ph.D. recipient at the age of 73, whose work with The Center for Closing the Health Gap renamed its leadership program to the Dr. Jenny Laster Community Engagement Academy.

• Dr. Jackie Young, Ph.D. 1989, received the University of Hawaii Distinguished Alumni Award for professional excellence, inspirational leadership to others, and service to the community.

* Source: UI&U Women Graduates All Programs Academic Years 1970 – 2017 (N=11,040), Fall 2016 IPEDS Data: Student Characteristics (All Students)

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