Chestnut Hill College Receives Gateway to Equity Award from the American Association of University Women
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Chestnut Hill College and two faculty members received
the Gateway to Equity Award from the Northeastern Montgomery branch of the
Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) at
the Philadelphia Area Girls Enjoying Science (P.A.G.E.S.) program held at the
College this past April.
The Gateway to Equity Award, recently developed by
AAUW, is given to “recognize people and organizations that support the AAUW
mission of education and equity for women and girls through advocacy, education
and research.” Chestnut Hill College was given the award for its involvement in
the P.A.G.E.S. program, where the College hosts 6th grade girls from the local
area to hear a keynote speaker and get instruction on science experiments from
female scientists in the field, with meals provided by the Philadelphia section
of the American Chemical Society. The P.A.G.E.S. program targets girls in middle
school to continue their interest in the sciences as they get older.
Two Chestnut Hill College faculty members, Kelly
Butler, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, and Grace Banks, Ph.D.,
professor emeritus of chemistry, also received the award. Dr. Banks was a member
of the Chestnut Hill College faculty from 1979 until her retirement in 2008 and
received the award posthumously.