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Three people received University Awards for the Advancement of Women on Feb. 6 in honor of their dedication to the empowerment of women.

The ceremony took place in the Campus Y.

The awards, created in 2006, honor individuals who have mentored or supported women on campus, elevated the status of women or improved campus policies for them, promoted women’s recruitment and retention, or promoted professional development for women.

This year’s honorees are Alison Grady, an undergraduate majoring in peace, war and defense; Sherryl Kleinman, professor of sociology; and Bev Yuhasz, a nurse practitioner with Campus Health Services.

Grady, an advocate for empowering women both at Carolina and abroad, demonstrates her commitment in words, actions and spirit, in the words of one nominator.

She coordinates the Student Advisory Board for the gender violence prevention organization One Act and works with Project Dinah, a student organization devoted to ending sexual and interpersonal violence.

Kleinman, who teaches courses on race, class and gender inequality, has been known as a driving force for gender equity on campus for more than three decades.

Her collaborative, student-centered instructional approach both encourages students to take ownership of the class and creates a dynamic, passionate learning community, one nominator said. Students often say that Kleinman’s course changed their lives.

Yuhasz, who is known as a compassionate care provider, a “life saver,” quiet leader and a “forever” teacher, has had a passion for women’s health care throughout her 27 years at Carolina.

Because she wanted to enable sexual assault survivors to receive comprehensive services through Campus Health Services rather than have to go to an emergency room, as they do at most universities, Yuhasz completed the required training to become a certified forensic nurse examiner.

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