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2008.01.22> For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2243 - email: rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu

2008 UNO Women of Color Award Honorees Announced

Omaha - A veteran entertainer, procurement specialist, community volunteer, professor, client manager and student are the 2008 recipients of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Women of Color (WOC) Awards.

The group will be honored at a luncheon Wednesday, March 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the DC Centre, 11830 Stonegate Circle. The sixth annual event is sponsored by UNO and State Farm Insurance. This year's theme is "Women in Politics." The guest speaker is Washington, D.C. strategic thinker Esther Aguilera.

"We are proud to recognize the achievements of this diverse group of women. This annual event gives us a chance to publicly recognize the impact these outstanding women of color have on our community," said Sharon Ulmar, WOC committee chair and assistant to the chancellor in the UNO Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity. "The honorees' insights, diverse perspectives and experiences are also highlighted and celebrated during Women's History Month in an effort to encourage continued and future involvement of women of color in our community."

The awards acknowledge outstanding contributions and leadership by women of color in the Omaha area. Organizations and individuals were asked to nominate women of color for the awards in six categories: arts/humanities, business/entrepreneurship, education, community service, science and technology, and youth leadership.

The 2008 award winners are as follows:

Mary J. Goodwin-Clinkscale, Ph.D., executive producer/director at GBT Academy of Arts, is the recipient of the Arts and Humanities Award.

Jacqueline R. White, AVP Purchasing at Union Pacific Railroad, is the recipient of the Business/Entrepreneurship Award.

Paulette Gomez, organization coordinator and volunteer at Harambee Afrikan Cultural Organization, is the recipient of the Community Service Award.

Theresa Barron-McKeagney, Ph.D., director of the UNO School of Social Work, is the recipient of the Education Award.

Ashira Jones, client manager at Inroads Inc., is the recipient of the Science and Technology Award.

Anayeli Martinez Real, a sophomore UNO student majoring in construction engineering, is the recipient of the Youth Leadership Award.

The event's keynote speaker - Esther Aguilera - is president and CEO of Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI). CHCI is a nonprofit and nonpartisan leadership development organization established in 1978. The program opens doors for young Latinos and enables them to participate hands-on in the American policy-making process. It offers summer internships, fellowships and scholarships to Hispanic students.

Aguilera has held the position at CHCI since November of 2004. A native of the state of Jalisco in Mexico, she grew up in a poor Latino immigrant family. Her Washington, D.C., career consists of a policy analyst for the National Council of La Raza; executive director of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; various positions at the Department of Energy and principal with the Dewey Square Group. She holds a B.A. in public policy from Occidental College in Los Angeles.

Maria Vazquez, dean of Metropolitan Community College South Omaha Campus, will serve as the emcee. The luncheon is open to the public, and tickets are $35 per person. Organizations can reserve tables of eight for $300.

To access luncheon registration forms or for more information about the event, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/woc/. The deadline for registrations is Wednesday, Feb. 27.

For more information, call (402) 554-2779.

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