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"Women of Color Day" honorees: Querida Lugo, associate director of WCU's Office of Multicultural Affairs; Katherine Norris, associate professor in the early and middle grades department and president of the Frederick Douglass Society; La Tonya Thames-Taylor, assistant professor of history; Zuri Stone, who received a master's degree in criminal justice from WCU and who organized the University's first "National Women of Color" Day; and Margaret Ottley, associate professor of kinesiology.
On March 1, in commemoration of "National Women of Color" Day and the start of Women's History Month, several faculty and staff of color were honored for their support and mentoring of West Chester University students. Each of the honorees were chosen and recommended by students whose lives they had touched.
The second year in which WCU has celebrated this national program, the ceremony was conducted by three student organizations: the Caribbean American Student Organization (C.A.L.Y.P.S.O,), founded in 2010; the African Student Alliance (AFRISA,) established in 2011; and Sisters United, which was organized in 2007.
"National Women of Color" Day was established in 1986 by the National Institute for Women of Color (NIWC) to be the first day of Women's History Month. The NIWC was founded five years earlier to build a strong national network for women of Africa, Alaska Native, American Indian, Asian, Hispanic, Latino and Pacific Island heritages and to advance the issues of women of color. Since then, several national conferences have been organized around strategies for women of color.