In 2000, CU Women's Resource Center student staff conceived of the Women Who Make A Difference award to honor a woman from the community. They received eight nominations of such quality that they decided to honor all the women—and a tradition was born. Annually, the WRC celebrated women who have made a difference in our community and campus, and we're happy to continue the tradition as the Center for Inclusion & Social Change. All students, staff and faculty are welcome to submit a nomination.

Mary Rippon, the first CU woman professor, and Lucile B. Buchanan, the first African-American woman to graduate from CU paved the way for women to succeed. These influential women were the first to accomplish what they did, but women who deserve appreciation surround us every day. The Center for Inclusion & Social Change invites you to nominate marvelous women in your community to be celebrated at Women Who Make a Difference, a dinner recognizing all women you nominate—mothers, grandmothers, advocates, friends, storytellers—any woman who has impacted your life in a positive way!

Please note that we will only accept one nomination per nominator. In order to maximize the number of different women that we can honor, if your nominee has received this award within the past three years, they will not be recognized at this year’s ceremony. Should this be the case you will be notified and we encourage you to consider nominating another woman who has made a difference in your life. Additionally, we are unable to continue our occasional practice of concealing "surprise" nominations. All nominees/qualified awardees will be notified prior to the event.

If you have any questions please contact the Center for Inclusion & Social Change at Thank you for taking the time to recognize women and their positive contributions to our community and our lives!

Amanda Linsenmeyer
Program Director, Intersectional Identity Development, Center for Inclusion & Social Change

Tamara Williams Van Horn
Assistant Director, Intersectional Identity Development & Women's Leadership, Center for Inclusion & Social Change

2020 nominations have closed