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The Women and Gender Studies program invites you to celebrate and honor the 2018 Dr I. Joan Lorch Award winners. A Lorch Awards Happy Hour will be held on Thursday, March 22 at 4:30 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. Watch The Dome for more details.

The Dr. I. Joan Lorch Award for Women and Gender Studies honors a person who has made a significant contribution to women and who exemplifies the pursuit of liberation and justice regarding sex, gender, and sexuality.

The 2018 winners are:

 Canisius College Student award: Grace Lindsey

Grace Lindsey is described as one of the most committed social justice activists that Canisius has seen in many years on multiple issues. From LGBTQ justice, to feminism, to animal rights, to hosting enlight night on racial justice, to attending rallies and protests for the facilities workers’ rights ‒ Grace demonstrates her commitment to justice for and with others.

Canisius College Colleague award: Sarah Evans, PhD, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

Dr. Evans is a strong and outspoken feminist who uses social media thoughtfully to respond to national and cultural events. The topics she takes up and sparks spirited dialogue on include the gendered nature of the presidential campaign and media coverage, the #MeToo movement, and issues surrounding science and the place of women within it. Dr. Evans has also made an enormous contribution in the area of animal welfare in the region. She works at the Buffalo Animal Shelter as a volunteer and fosters cats. Dr. Evans has also, for the last few years, served as a board member for the Canisius Women & Gender Studies Program.

Canisius College Colleague award: Marvin Henchberger

Marvin Henchberger was the executive director of Gay and Lesbian Youth Services for the eight counties of Western New York. She worked through Trinity Church where she counseled  LGBTQ youth. Marvin also helps to serve many of the gay-straight alliances (GSAs) at local high schools and holds conferences of all of the GSAs in the eight-county area. She specializes in psychosexual health and ran the first transgender conference on the Canisius College campus and participates in the All Our Children Campus Ministry retreats supporting our LGBTQ students.

Submitted by: Tanya Loughead, PhD, professor, Philosophy

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