Event Recap - 2019 WWN Recognition Award Ceremony

May 31, 2019

Congratulations to the 2019 WWN Recognition Award Recipients!!!!

On March 29th, the Working Women’s Network announced and celebrated 4 Recognition Award Recipients. The women below were selected out of 53 nominations for a wide range of achievements, but overall, distinguished themselves through a commitment to changing the University through their personal efforts.

2019 Visionary Awardee – Linda Jackson

Linda Jackson, Director for the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Community Engagement and Equity – also known as DICE - has served as a leader and visionary for diversity at the School of Medicine for over 15 years. She works tirelessly to create a community centered on equity and inclusion at YSM. Linda is very passionate about not only increasing the number of underrepresented and disadvantaged students in medicine but has gone above and beyond to make sure that these students are actually successful in their academic pursuits. She has assisted students in finding additional academic resources when needed, connected students to tutors and faculty in times of difficulty, and continues to encourage students to pursue their dreams with passion. Linda has even opened her home to medical students who were in the need of a place to stay. Her impact is not only widespread, but long-lasting. Linda’s work extends beyond the Yale campus and into the New Haven community. Linda Jackson truly wants all students to have equal opportunity to pursue their dreams and has gone beyond the call of duty to ensure the success of so many. Linda Jackson truly embodies President Peter Salovey’s commitment towards a “better, more diverse and more inclusive Yale.”

2019 Community Catalyst Awardee: Rebecca Cramer

Rebecca Cramer has been a volunteer with WWN for several years and is now one of the co-chairs on Advocacy Committee. Through her work with Advocacy, she has been working closely with University Administration on the issue of parental leave. She has met with numerous officials to lobby for clearer and more streamlined and for more paid and unpaid leave for new parents. As part of this work, Rebecca also developed a survey that was administered to see how staff on campus felt about current leave policies and access to information; and due to her efforts, there is a new website that helps expectant parents find this information more easily and university officials are discussing what can be done to assist new parents with additional leave. 

2019 Work Life Champion Awardee: Anjuli Bodyk

Anjuli Bodyk is our Work Life Champion that went above and beyond her personal and professional commitments for the betterment of Yale. Anjuli has worked hard for over a year to demonstrate the need and implementation of a lactation room at 135 College Street for all the working mothers. And because of her request and persistence working with Yale Facilities, the School of Medicine building management, and connecting with the Dean of the School of Public Health, Anjuli has opened a lactation room at 135 College Street and is in the process of opening another at 60 College Street. All the working mothers, future-working mothers, and women of Yale University are extremely grateful for Anjuli’s dedication. 

2019 Trailblazer Awardee: Allyssa Antunes

Allyssa came to Yale as an Administrative Assistant, a C&T position, in the English Department little under 5 years ago. Not long after she started, she became involved in FLY as well as serving the committee on the C&T Training & Development series and began to pursue her master’s degree. Allyssa, then, transitioned to a position as Senior Administrative Assistant in Development, supporting Vice President Joan O’Neill - our Executive Sponsor - and completed her master’s Degree in Instructional Design. She has recently begun in a new role as Instructional Designer and Developer, a M&P position, with Environmental Health & Safety where she is designing and implementing new programming. Allyssa credits her involvement in FLY and networking at Yale for her advancement, but she has worked very hard to forge a path to transition from clerical support to instructional design and to doing what she truly loves here at Yale.

More event photos can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/wwnYale/photos/?tab=album&album_id=121280563…