Harris Receives Jean Y. Jew Rights Award

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Diana Harris, IT project and communication manager in the College of Engineering, has received the Jean Y. Jew Women’s Rights Award at the University of Iowa’s annual Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women.

Harris is a longtime member of the UI Council on the Status of Women (CSW) and a recognized leader on issues of opportunity and equality. She has pressed for renewed efforts to address sexual harassment on campus, and helped develop the CSW Herstory initiative and the UITV series “Women at Iowa” to document women’s experiences.

The Jean Y. Jew Women's Rights Award was established in the spring of 1992 to honor Jew and others who demonstrate outstanding effort or achievement in improving the status of women on campus.

The award was created by the Council on the Status of Women (CSW) and co-sponsored by the Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC), after it was decided an award honoring women's rights at The University of Iowa was long overdue. Dee Casteel, chair of the first award selection committee, said that CSW decided to name the award after Jew because "she is an example of someone who has been willing to stand up against discrimination." She added, "All women on campus have won a significant battle because she was willing to make the effort -- emotional, physical effort -- and stand up to the situation in her department."

Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women is the university's annual tribute to the accomplishmentsa of all women at the UI.