Kendra S. Schiffman, visiting assistant professor of sociology, was named a 2018 Rock County YWCA Woman of Distinction.
The award honors women and organizations that have improved women's lives through "community service, professional achievement, integrity, leadership and dedication to the well-being of others," according to the website.
A panel of seven Rock County leaders selected Kendra from more than 27 nominations.
"Professor Kendra Schiffman personifies the primary mission of the YWCA of eliminating racism and empowering women," wrote Beloit's NAACP President Dorothy Harrell on Kendra's nomination form.
Through the Stateline Community Foundation Women's fund, Kendra, along with two student researchers Hannah Klehr'18 and McNair Scholar Chloe Moncel'19, embarked on a research project to identify the level of reported domestic violence, sexual violence, and sex trafficking in Beloit. The team collected data from local and state-level advocacy organizations, local service providers and agencies, such as the Beloit Police Department and Rock County Human Services, as well as interviews with local social service and advocacy organisations.
"We're so proud of her accomplishments and work in the community, particularly surrounding our children and women, it seems right to recognize her for these efforts," says YWCA Rock County Executive Director Angela Moore.
"It is very meaningful and humbling to be recognized in this way, especially because the work that I do is collaborative in nature—it simply would not be possible without the support and participation of many outstanding individuals around me," says Kendra. "I am continually motivated to do advocacy work to improve our community because of the many women who are there with me and who inspire and support me; they do brave and difficult work every day to improve students' lives or better our city community that too often goes unrecognized."
The YWCA Rock County Women of Distinction dinner will be held April 5.