Breaking Barriers Celebration

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW), the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) and OSU Athletics are pleased to present Breaking Barriers, a recognition of the accomplishments and impact of those who have advanced gender equity at Oregon State University.

Breaking Barriers Awards

Breaking Barriers Awards are open to anyone in the OSU community who has worked to advance gender equity in alignment with each of the award categories.  We accept nominations of faculty, staff, students and community members.  Nominators may submit multiple nominations but must submit a separate form for each nomination. Award recipients will be announced at the annual Breaking Barriers Celebration.
 
Nominate today! 
Deadline: Mon., Feb. 26, 2024
 
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PCOSW Members
PCOSW Members

Breaking Barriers in Education Award

This award recognizes a member of the OSU community whose high impact in teaching and mentoring has paved the way for gender equity in higher education to thrive and prosper. 

  • 2024: TBD
  • 2023: Not awarded in 2023
  • 2022: Erica Fischer
  • 2021: Arup Indra
  • 2020: Maude David
    • Natasha Mallette
  • 2019: Mei-Ching Lien
  • 2018: Lisbeth Goddik

Breaking Barriers in Research Award

This award honors a member of the OSU community whose innovative research challenges and expands knowledge and/or improves the lives of marginalized genders.

  • 2024: TBD
  • 2023: Not awarded in 2023
  • 2022: Paul Lewin
  • 2021: The GenderMag Project - Margaret Burnett and Anita Sarma
    • Ana Milena Ribero
  • 2020: Satoris Howes
  • 2019: Melissa Cheyney 
  • 2018: Yanyun Zhao

Breaking Barriers in Athletics Award

This award recognizes a member of the OSU athletic community whose contributions actively create and encourage gender equity in sports.

  • 2024: TBD
  • 2023: Colleen Bee
  • 2022: Deb Graff
  • 2021: Not awarded in 2021
  • 2020: Tanya Chaplin 
  • 2019: Not awarded in 2019
  • 2018: Marianne Vydra
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Interim President Becky Johnson presents the Breaking Barriers in Athletics Award to Deb Graff.
Interim President Becky Johnson presents the Breaking Barriers in Athletics Award to Deb Graff.

The PCOSW Community Builder Award

This award honors an individual, or group, in the OSU community whose work contributes significantly to the campus environment through advocacy of gender equity. ​​​

  • 2024: TBD
  • 2023: Women in IT Group: Kristina Case, Polly Harrell, Chrysanthemum Hayes, Emily Longman, Marjorie McLagan, Weiwei Zhang
  • 2022: Farallon Broughton
  • 2021: Rebecca Warner
  • 2020: Satoris Howes
  • 2019: Sandy Goeke
  • 2018: Bouquet Harger

The Harriet “Hattie” Redmond Award 

This award celebrates a member of the OSU community who works as an agent of change in service of racial justice and gender equity.

  • 2024: This award is now managed by the Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center. 
  • 2023: Savanah Leidholt
  • 2022: Stephanie Ramos 
  • 2021: Isabel J. Rodriguez
  • 2020: Dam Diverse Dance (3D)
    • Allison Davis-White Eyes
  • 2019: Adejoke Babatunde Omolayo
  • 2018: Award not created until 2019