Campus Liaison Committee for Women Kicks off Year
DuBois – The Penn State DuBois Liaison Committee to the Penn State University Commission for Women recently started off their year of activities with their annual Kickoff Luncheon.
The Liaison Committee at DuBois maintains a relationship with the Commission for Women at University Park, and has its own individual agenda to support the needs of women in its area. The goals of the committee include supporting and distributing the work of the Commission for Women, identifying and advocating women's issues, developing and implementing educational programs on women's issues, and acting as a resource for individual women and their well-being.
Andie Graham, of Clearfield, served as guest speaker for the kickoff event. Graham is a graduate of the Penn State DuBois Wildlife Technologies associate's degree program, and earned her bachelors in Letters, Arts and Sciences (LAS) with concentrations in biology, geology & English, and received a minor in natural resources. She worked for a semester as the Teaching and Laboratory Assistant for the wildlife program. Currently she has reenrolled to earn her degree in earth and mineral science. Always an advocate for women and women's rights, Graham was awarded the Janette M. Burns Award in 2009. The award is given each year to a student, faculty, or staff member who has enhanced the campus climate for women at Penn State DuBois. That same year she was also granted the Stand Up Award, a university-wide award for those who make a stand in what they believe in.
In her speech, Graham indicated that her father has been one of the greatest inspirations of her life, and always encouraged her to follow her dreams.
"Ironically it wasn't a woman at all who inspired and supported me the way my dad always has," Graham said. "But it didn't matter to him that I was a girl. He encouraged me to embrace being a woman and made me realize that, as a woman, I could do anything I wanted to do. When I entered the predominantly male Wildlife major on campus, he supported me, telling me I could do whatever I wanted."
Annual events organized by the Liaison Committee to the Commission for Women at Penn State DuBois include the Clothesline Project and the Take Back the Night Rally, and special yearly events for Women's History Month.