Christine Price Named KU Employee of the Month for November 2019

Price accepting award.

(L to R): Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, President, Christine Price, director of the Women's Center and GLBTQ Resource Center, Jerry Schearer, associate dean for inclusion and outreach.

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Congratulations to Christine Price, director of the Women's Center and GLBTQ Resource Center, on being named KU Employee of the Month for November 2019.

Price's nomination from Jerry Schearer, associate dean for inclusion and outreach, reads:

"Since Christine started as director of the Women's Center and GLBTQ Resource Center in 2016, she has gone above and beyond both in terms of services, programs and student recruitment and retention.

This was most-recently showcased in the recent celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Women's Center celebration. She worked with the Women's Center Advisory Committee, the KU Foundation and her staff to put together a truly memorable evening for current students, alumni, staff and faculty that have been part of the Women's Center the past 30 years. The evening was testimony to her dedication to detail and making people feel welcome and part of something special.

She cultivated a relationship over the past few years with Dr. Ann T. Gundry and worked with the KU Foundation to receive a generous gift from Dr. Gundry and establish the Dr. Constance P. Dent and Dr. Ann T. Gundry Distinguished Speaker Series. With limited funding for such events in the past, this will allow the Women's Center to have an ongoing speaker series.

In the Women's Center, she has also worked hard to ensure solid relationships with others in the community including Safe Berks and their new Campus Advocate position; advise FMLA to new heights and has written several grants. One of these grants, the It's On Us grant, has been given to Kutztown University twice and has allowed this program to do much more than it ever could have before. Christine has also represented Kutztown University at It's On Us events with Governor Wolf in Harrisburg and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington D.C.

In the GLBTQ Resource Center, Christine has worked with students, staff and administration to increase the number of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus as well as to expand and promote the preferred-name policy. She has also worked with Housing to initiate and expand gender-neutral housing options on campus as a service to the students. As director, Christine also established and directs a Living-Learning Community - Stonewall Community, which is a social justice and LGBTQ history/advocacy community in the residence halls. Christine also worked to get Kutztown University recognized by 'Campus Pride' as a 4-star Premier Campus. This is a big deal for recruitment of new students looking for a LGBTQ Friendly Campus. Christine also continues to build relationship in the community with the Bradbury-Sullivan Center in Allentown, the Greater Reading LGBT Center, Reading Pride and the Fightin' Reading Phillie Pride Night.

Christine also established the Annual Gender and Sexual Minorities Conference. This year was her third year directing this conference at Kutztown University and it grows each year. It has become an annual event for students, graduate students and professionals in the region.

As her supervisor, there are many, many short stories I could tell which highlight Christine's dedication to Kutztown University, the center's she directs and the students that come across her path. She knows so many students by name and helps so many students in big and small ways each and every day - whether it is through her work at the centers, advising the various student groups, assisting with programs or helping students in personal and meaningful ways that many people will never know about. To highlight this, below are two testimonies from students.

“I was a very different person. I knew that I cared about feminism and activism but it had always seemed so far from my reach to do anything about it. It wasn’t until I stumbled into our Women's Center and met Christine Price that I truly felt a connection. I know that today, we are honoring all those that have formed our beautiful center before us; however, I feel as though I must highlight Christine. She has made it her responsibility (as I am sure those before her have as well) to inspire and uplift students to know that they have power over themselves and the ability to create the change they want to see in the world. Christine is like another parent to many of us because of how fiercely she cares about us students and what she does here on campus. She is respectful and never belittling and she is always receptive to anything the students have to say. I have laughed and cried with her and I have so much respect for what she does every day for this campus. Before getting involved with FMLA and the Women's Center, I had never seen myself being in a position of influence. I’ve learned so much in such a short period of time. This has been a journey of self-love and confidence that Christine has had a heavy hand in that, so I want to say thank you Christine.” - Joshua G.

"When looking for a school to attend, I searched for places that I could be myself. I sent an email to Christine as the director of the GLBTQ Resource Center. She responded with such passion and enthusiasm. She answered all my questions with patience. When I finally had to chance to visit Kutztown and I met Christine, I knew this is where I wanted to go. She was caring and made me feel welcome even as a visitor. Since coming to Kutztown, she has provided a place where I feel at home and even at times seems like the mom we all need. I'm thankful for Christine and what she does at the Women's Center and the GLBTQ Resource Center." - Jeremy P.

Nominations are collected from students, faculty and staff, and the Employee of the Month is selected by the Human Resources Advisory Council. A winner will be selected each month, and out of the 12 monthly winners one will be selected as Employee of the Year. The Employee of the Month will receive a plaque, reserved parking and a $100 monetary gift sponsored by President Hawkinson.

For more information on the award or to nominate someone, please visit the KU human resources website.

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