Art major wins 2 WHAM awards – The Daily Eastern News


The 2022 Women’s History and Awareness Month Awards Ceremony took place Wednesday evening at the Coleman Auditorium and featured a keynote address by Leslie Reagan, professor of history at the University of Illinois.

Before the keynote, the awards ceremony took place and Kirsten Paape, a junior 2D art student, won two awards, the Student of Artistic Vision award and the Amelia Daddazio Women’s Studies award.

The graduate winner of the essay contest was Pranita Balusu, a graduate student in political science, for the essay “The Impact of Women’s Representation on the Gender Wage Gap in the United States.”

Honorable mention went to Coleen Buntin, a graduate student in social work, for the essay “Trafficked Persons: Individuals fall between the cracks.”

Jurnee Evans, an English major, won the undergraduate essay award for “Intimate Partner Violence Against LGBTQ+ People.”

Evans was happy to win the award because of the passion they had for their subject and the good the essay is capable of doing.

“…I feel like it’s a topic that isn’t really talked about that much, and that’s something that I cover in my article is that it’s not talked about as much, it’s not in the domestic abuse conversation at all,” Evans said. .

Evans said an event like the WHAM Awards is important because it provides a space where people can talk about some of the topics on Wednesday, such as reproductive health.

“I feel like it’s important to talk about these world issues,” Evans said. Even if people don’t think it will affect them, it will affect someone close to them, who will then affect them.

The 2022 Woman of Achievement Award was presented to Mona Davenport, Executive Director of the Office of Academic Inclusion and Engagement.

Reagan said the study of gender and sexuality is important work, and those in attendance embodied a dedication to their subjects.

“It shows that they’re committed to analyzing gender and sexuality around the world, and also I’m thinking about feminism and justice,” Reagan said. “I want to cheer them all on and see the youngsters go in that direction and see what they’re going to do next.”

Jeannie Ludlow, an English teacher and coordinator of women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Eastern, said she enjoys events like the WHAM Awards because it gives her a chance to see how her students grow.

“I think sometimes we don’t recognize how much people grow when they’re in college,” Ludlow said. “And we kind of say, ‘well, our students are adults,’ which you are. But you’re also adults who change a lot over this time, so I think it’s really good to recognize this growth and development.

Reagan wanted those present to know that they are not alone in terms of abortion and were also realistic about the future of reproductive health rights, but not without noting the impact the students could have.

“On the one hand, of course, I think they should be very concerned about the current situation in terms of reproductive health and abortion in particular, but more broadly,” Reagan said. “And I hope they think they can be active and make a difference in the world.”

Ryan Meyer can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]

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