Student receives women’s advocate Sojourner Truth award
|Kate Simmons accepts the
Sojourner Truth award.|
Simmons, senior communication major at Union College, received the
Sojourner Truth Award at the Lincoln-Lancaster Women’s Commission
International Women’s Day Luncheon on March 10.
The Sojourner Truth Award is given to a woman between 14–40 years old who
works to improve the quality of life for women in Lincoln or Lancaster
County. Simmons writes articles for the Union College student newspaper,
The Clocktower, that inform and challenge her peers on women’s equality
issues. She also teaches English to political refugees and immigrants with
Lincoln Community Gardens. Simmons is an active member of Union College’s
chapter of Amnesty International, Peace and Social Justice Club and
Simmons was nominated by her Union College associate professors, Chris Blake,
Beth Rodacker-Borgens and Mark Robison. As Robison stated, “Even though
she is not enrolled in my class currently, I have had at least one student
cite Kate as instrumental in his adopting a feminist stance.”
When accepting the Sojourner Truth Award, Simmons encouraged the audience
of “movers and shakers” to keeping striving for the goal of human
equality. “Let’s keep doing what we’re doing,” Simmons said.
More than 200 people attended the event including Lincoln mayor Coleen J.
Seng, past mayors, current city commissioners and state senators and
Shinae Chun, keynote speaker and the first Korean American director of the
U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau.
|Kate Simmons is joined by
Lincoln major Coleen Seng, Union College attendees and other
participants at the International Women's Day Luncheon.|