Women of Impact

Each year, the Commons celebrates the contributions of women across campus. Members of the campus community are invited to nominate students, faculty, staff and administrators in their lives that are positively impacting USD.  Nominees and their nominators are invited to attend the 20th annual Women of Impact Luncheon being held on November 30th, 2017.

Who is a Woman of Impact?

A Woman of Impact is one who lives principles of social justice.  Through her work, activities, and relationships she supports others in finding voice, developing skills for transformation and understanding who they are called to be.  Her community is not merely a place in which she exists; it is a place she actively improves.

Nominate a Woman of Impact

The Women’s Commons is now accepting nominations for the 20th annual Women of Impact Awards. Members of the university community are invited to nominate students, faculty, administrators, and staff who identify as women and have had a profound impact on the USD community through their work and connection with others. The nomination form can be found here. All nominations are due by Oct. 30, 2017.

A diverse group of USD community members will review the nominations and select one undergraduate student, one graduate student, one staff, one faculty, and one administrator to receive this year’s award.

Women of Impact 2016 Recipients

2016 Recipients (left to right: Frances Kuhn, Kathleen Custodio, and Ariela Canizal)

Congratulations to the 2016 recipients of the Woman of Impact Award! Read more here.

Jane Henderson, Undergraduate, Class of 2017

Ariela Canizal, Graduate, Class of 2017

Kathleen Custodio, Staff, Student Affairs

Frances Kuhn, Administrator, Accounts Payable

Dr. Joi Spencer, Faculty, Associate Dean & Associate Professor, Department of Learning & Teaching

Check out the list of Past Recipients!