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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Three honored with women’s advancement awards

Chancellor Holden Thorp, left, poses with this year’s recipients of the University Awards for the Advancement of Women on Feb. 6. From left are Thorp, Sherryl Kleinman, Alison Grady and Beverly Yuhasz.

Three people received University Awards for the Advancement of Women on Feb. 6 in honor of their dedication to the empowerment of women. The ceremony took place in the Campus Y.

The awards, created in 2006, honor individuals who have mentored or supported women on campus, elevated the status of women or improved campus policies for them, promoted women’s recruitment and retention, or promoted professional development for women.

The three winners – one faculty member, one staff member and one student, graduate student or postdoctoral scholar are eligible – receive a monetary award. The faculty and staff winners receive $5,000; the student scholar, $2,500.

This year’s honorees are Alison Grady, an undergraduate majoring in peace, war and defense; Sherryl Kleinman, professor of sociology; and Bev Yuhasz, a nurse practitioner with Campus Health Services.


Grady, an advocate for empowering women both at Carolina and abroad, demonstrates her commitment in words, actions and spirit, in the words of one nominator.

On campus, she coordinates the Student Advisory Board for the gender violence prevention organization One Act and works with Project Dinah, a student organization devoted to ending sexual and interpersonal violence.

While Grady has had “an eye toward issues facing women for some time,” a nominator said, it was on a trip to award educational scholarships to women in Zanzibar, Tanzania, through the University group Students for Students International (which Grady now leads) that she saw firsthand the prevalence of violence against women.

Fueled by that injustice, she has worked to help overturn barriers to equality for women everywhere.


Kleinman, who teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on race, class and gender inequality, has been known as a driving force for gender equity on campus for more than three decades.

Her collaborative, student-centered instructional approach not only encourages students to take ownership of the class, it also creates a dynamic community in which passion and learning go hand in hand, one nominator said. Students often say that Kleinman’s course changed their lives.

She has mentored countless students through the years, inspiring them to become lifelong advocates for advancing the status of women in the world. Across campus, she has championed the incorporation of gender neutrality in both the language and intent of University policies, among other issues.

In short, said a nominator, Kleinman “has been an inspiring mentor and example of how to act on feminist ideals.”


Known as a compassionate care provider, a “life saver,” quiet leader and a “forever” teacher, Yuhasz has had a passion for women’s health care throughout her 27 years at Carolina.

Not only does she see students who come to Campus Health Services (CHS) for treatment, Yuhasz works as a precept with senior-level nursing students during their maternal/child rotation.

Because she wanted to ensure that sexual assault survivors could receive comprehensive services on campus rather than having to go to an emergency room, as they do at most universities, Yuhasz completed the required training to become a certified forensic nurse examiner.

This certification uniquely positions CHS to be able to work with these patients and, in the process, has strengthened the partnership between CHS and the Orange County Rape Crisis Center.