The President’s Commission on the Status of Women announced the winner of the Powerful Outstanding Women’s Advocate (POWA) award, senior Nikole Snover of Milford.
The POWA award, given annually, honors a student who serves as a strong advocate for women’s issues both on and off campus.
Snover, an English major who will graduate in May, has been an active leader in women’s rights organizations since she came to Plymouth State University.
On campus, she was one of the co-founders of the Alliance for Women’s Awareness Rights and Equality (A.W.A.R.E.), a student organization that organizes activities and educational opportunities focused on women’s rights. Snover also serves on the university’s Women’s Studies Council.
Off campus, Snover volunteers as a crisis line advocate for Voices Against Violence, a Plymouth-based organization that assists victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence.
Snover plans to teach high school English when she graduates, and will begin student teaching in the fall. As an English major, Snover acts as a mentor for first year students through the English department’s Mentoring Enhances Student Achievement (MESA) program. She plans to bring her passion for women’s rights to her work in the classroom.
At an awards ceremony held Wednesday, March 30, Snover praised Plymouth State University for providing her with the chance to be a leader. “The past four years have been amazing,” she said. “The opportunities that are made available are fantastic.”
The POWA is one of two awards presented each year by the President’s Commission on the Status of Women. The Theo Kalikow award, which will be presented at a later date, honors a faculty or staff member who has significantly contributed to the advancement of women’s issues. Both awards are presented to members of the university community who bring women’s issues to public attention, work collaboratively with organizations both on and off campus and are dedicated to improving or elevating the status of women through continuous involvement in and advocacy of women’s issues.
For more information about the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, visit www.plymouth.edu/news/statusw/index.htm.