Nominations are being accepted for the 2021 Women Impacting ISU calendar through Friday, Sept. 25, until 11:59 p.m.
Instructions on how to nominate someone and a link to the online nomination form are available on the Catt Center’s website. You do not need to be employed by Iowa State or be an Iowa State student to submit a nomination.
The annual calendar, which was created in 2007, highlights the accomplishments and achievements of 12 women currently on the Iowa State campus as students, faculty, professional and scientific staff, or merit staff.
The calendar is open to all individuals who identify as a woman, inclusive of cisgender and transgender identities. Faculty and staff must be employed by Iowa State University for the 2021 calendar year to be eligible for nomination. Students graduating in May 2021 may be nominated.
“The Women Impacting ISU calendar is a wonderful way to recognize someone who has impacted Iowa State through outstanding service to their unit or to a broader campus audience, and who inspires women of all generations,” said Sue Cloud, who oversees the nomination, selection, publication and recognition process as the communications specialist at the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics.
“We encourage you to look at the achievements of women in all segments of the Iowa State community – be they students, faculty, merit staff, or professional and scientific staff – and consider nominating someone whose impact really stands out as exemplary,” Cloud said.
Selections are made by a committee composed of previous honorees, past nominators, students affiliated with the Catt Center, and staff and faculty members from across campus.
When reviewing the nominations, the selection committee considers the nominees’ achievements in administration, teaching, research and/or service – depending on each nominee’s role at Iowa State – as well as their involvement in campus activities and mentoring.
“We get many strong nominations each year, making the task of narrowing it down to just 12 women always a challenge for the committee,” Cloud said.
Funding for the calendar is provided by Iowa State’s Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. Catt Center staff and students publicize and collect the nominations; organize the recognition reception in January of each year; and design, order and distribute the calendars.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 calendar reception has been cancelled and the 2021 honorees will be honored along with the 2022 honorees at the reception on Jan. 12, 2022.
If you have questions about the calendar nomination process, you can check the frequently asked questions on the Catt Center’s website, or contact Sue Cloud by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (515) 294-3181.