About the Program

Since 2000, the Women Who Make a Difference program has honored those who are impacting our CU Boulder community. Each fall, nominations are accepted from the campus community to honor those who identify as women and awardsWomen who make a difference celebration are presented at a celebration for the nominees and their nominators. 

Each October, the center invites CU Boulder students, faculty and staff to nominate marvelous women in our community including advocates, colleagues, friends, grandmothers, mothers, storytellers, or any woman who has impacted your life in a positive way. While nominators must be affiliated with CU Boulder, nominees can be members of the wider community. Because the goal of this award is to recognize more women for all their contributions to our campus, the program honors all women who are nominated.


Twenty years ago, student staff in CU Boulder’s Women’s Resource Center conceived of this award to honor one woman at CU Boulder and solicited nominations from the community. They received nominations of such quality that they decided to honor all eight nominees. And so, a tradition was born. Although the Women’s Resource Center no longer exists, the Center for Inclusion and Social Change is proud to carry on this tradition. 

This program builds upon the legacy of women like Mary Rippon, the first University of Colorado woman professor, and Lucile Buchanan, the first African-American woman to graduate from CU. These influential women paved the way for other women at CU Boulder and beyond and continue to inspire us. We know there are many more women in the CU Boulder community today who also deserve our recognition and appreciation. View the program's past recipients.

Please contact Amanda Linsenmeyer for more information.

2022 Recipients

  • Amanda McKenzie
  • Anila Narayana
  • Dana Parcher
  • Erica Peck
  • Jana Jones
  • Jazmyne Peters
  • Kathryn Dailey
  • Katy Flanagan
  • Lily Knaeurt
  • Loati Bullo
  • Madeline Azari
  • Maria Aguilar
  • Michele Simpson
  • Nikki Hutchinson
  • Rebecca Machen
  • Renee Rains