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All Spotlights » Dr. Cynthia Mader Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Cynthia Mader, professor of education, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's Commission, March 13th, 2012 at the annual Celebrating Women Awards Ceremony. As one of the founders of the Women's Commission, Cindy led initiatives that improved the working climate for women on campus.
In the mid-1990's, the commission conducted a campus climate study that revealed concerns, including inequities in salary. Subsequent salary review led to pay increases for some faculty and staff on campus. In addition, the Women's Commission played a vital role in the hiring of Grand Valley's first vice president for planning and equity. Other initiatives that grew from the efforts of the Women's Commission include the Women's Center, Women and Gender Studies, LGBT Resource Center and Positive Black Women are now considered campus mainstays.