The Wyandotte-Downriver Branch of the American Association of University Women last month named Trenton resident Linda Dickman as its 2017 Woman of the Year.
The award was presented during a recognition celebration last month at the Wayne County Community College District Taylor campus.
For the past 25 years, the local AAUW branch has bestowed its Woman of the Year award during Women’s History Month. It is given to a person whose “generous donation of time, effort and passion strengthens, supports and/or significantly makes a difference in the community and the lives of others.”
AAUW officials chose Dickman for being “an inspirational role model and active community volunteer.” She organizes fundraisers and other events for several worthwhile organizations, being especially devoted to the needs of the homeless men, women and families that ChristNet serves.
On the same evening, three local AAUW scholarship recipients, one each from Baker College (Lynette Chaganti), Lawrence Tech (Marissa Mew), and WCCCD (Patricia Hojnack), were acknowledged. The Branch introduced Marissa Marasco, a WSU student who will attend the 2017 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders at the University of Maryland with our support.
NCCWSL is an event that guides young women in identifying their personal leadership styles and potential. Attendance at the weekend-long event teaches them about breaking barriers and cracking glass ceilings, and facilitates networking. Our branch is also funding Hannah Blair, a student at MSU, to attend NCCWSL.
Friends and relatives of the scholarship winners that were in attendance, as well as those of Dickman enjoyed the evening’s program. The featured speaker was N’Kenge Gonzalez, a member of the AAUW-MI Student Advisory Council. She described her role in establishing AAUW programs at U of M Dearborn. Start Smart sessions instruct college women how to negotiate for the starting salaries they deserve. The ElectHer program trains them to run for and obtain student government positions, thereby preparing them for leadership roles in the future.
The AAUW empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Since its founding in 1881, members have awarded numerous scholarships and fellowships across the nation and worldwide, to both traditional and non-traditional high school and college students, as part of the mission to educate women for a lifetime of success.
Full membership is available to any college graduate with an associate or equivalent, baccalaureate, or higher degree. Local branch membership is open to non-degreed individuals who support AAUW’s mission and goals.