The Women of Distinction represent KU students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni who have distinguished achievements in their efforts at KU or in their community.
“It is critical to provide role models for those who identify and present as women, given the implicit bias and structural barriers that exist that challenge women’s equal access, pay and advancement in many academic, workplace and leadership arenas,” said Kathy Rose-Mockry, director of the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity. “This year’s calendar features women who inspire us to advocate, achieve and refuse to accept the status quo.”
Seven current students, six alumnae, and 10 faculty and staff are featured on the calendar. Five areas of service and distinction also receive special attention through the calendar: Innovators advancing learning through technology, exemplary educators, global awareness ambassadors and change-makers, science humanitarians and women building communities.
The School would like to highlight three of the women being honored this year for their distinguished achievements and congratulate them. We are proud to have each of you as a part of the School of Social Welfare.
Annie McKay, B.S.W., A.M.
President and CEO, Kansas Action for Children & Voices for Children Foundation
- Kansas Children’s Cabinet Senate minority leader appointee
- Sunflower Foundation Advocacy Fellow (2016)
- Founding executive director, Kansas Center for Economic Growth
Abby Hall, B.S.W., J.D.
Research attorney for Justice Eric Rosen of the Kansas Supreme Court. Hall graduated in May 2016, and her hometown is Overland Park. She currently resides in Lawrence. She attended Shawnee Mission North High School. Her parents are Jackie Millin and Jeff Krieger.
- Symposium Editor, Kansas Law Review: included organizing Symposium on Campus Sexual Assault and publishing an issue on campus sexual assault (2015-16)
- Robert F. Bennet Award for leadership in public service (May 2016)
- Winner and best brief writer (with team member Ashley Akers), KU In-House Moot Court Competition (October 2016)
Mary Kate Dennis
Assistant Professor, School of Social Welfare
- Honorable mention, Illinois Distinguished Dissertation Award by the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, honoring and giving voice to Oglala Lakota elders (2014)
- Hampton Faculty Fellow, the Spirit of the Eagles Program, Mayo Clinic; focusing on improving health outcomes for American Indian people
- Hartford Dissertation Award in Geriatric Social Work, the John A. Hartford Foundation