The MSU Women's Resource Center honored three distinguished women, including former College of Arts and Letters Dean Karin A. Wurst, with its inaugural Inspirational Woman of the Year award during a recognition reception in March at The University Club. Professor Wurst is currently adviser to the provost for intercultural learning and engagement in the Office of the Provost.
The Inspirational Woman of the Year award recognizes women who have demonstrated professional achievement, community engagement, or who have created a culture of empowerment. The goal of the award is to elevate and advance MSU's culture of appreciation for the courageous and empowering work of women change agents.
Professor Wurst was honored for promoting a culture of empowerment by demonstrating dedication to the advancement and empowerment of women on campus and in the community through mentoring, programs and other leadership opportunities.
"The pool of talented, high-achieving women faculty, staff, and students made it easy to invite women to consider leadership roles as chairs, directors, and leaders of new initiatives whenever I had the opportunity to do so," said Professor Wurst. "Without fail, these colleagues fulfilled their roles in exemplary fashion with dedication, energy, and a secure compass and vision as to what they wanted to accomplish."
In addition to Professor Wurst, the other two awardees were: