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Grove Receives National Women's Studies Association Achievement Award

Kathleen S. Grove
Kathleen S. Grove


November 30, 2011

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Kathleen Surina Grove, J.D., director of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Office for Women, is the 2011 recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Women’s Studies Association Women’s Center Committee.

Grove, who began her tenure with the IUPUI Office of Women in 2004, is an associate faculty member for the Women’s Studies Program in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

The National Women’s Studies Association award, presented Nov. 11 at the association’s national conference, recognizes “women working in women’s centers/gender equity centers who have accomplished a significant endeavor to improve the lives of women, and have addressed gender equity, sexism and other forms of oppression.”

In a letter of nomination, Khaula Murtadha, associate vice chancellor for Lifelong Learning, Division of Continuing Studies, praised Grove as a campus mentor and guide particularly for those seeking equity in cultural issues.

“Kathy is at the forefront, (battling) hard issues of race, class and gender with hard data. And if there is a difficult fight, we have an ally in her undaunted spirit,” Murtadha said.Grove is the founder of IUPUI’s Women’s History Month Annual Leadership Awards. She organizes and hosts workshops and events focused on fostering the success of IUPUI women. Grove also collaborated on the development of the new EMPOWER (Enhanced Mentoring Program with Opportunities for Ways to Excel in Research) program, which supports underrepresented faculty in their research efforts, and has mentored and advised numerous students.

Grove also took the lead in proposing Women Creating Excellence at IUPUI: an online exhibit, which can be viewed at

“Kathy champions what is right and just and brings considerable creativity to programming for women as well as networking and policy issues that advance women on our campus,” said Mary L. Fisher, professor of nursing and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs/associate dean of the faculties.

In a letter of support, written on behalf of the IUPUI Multicultural Pedagogy Research Group, Silvia M. Bigatti, associate professor and Lilly Scholar, said Grove embodies the ideals of women’s rights.

Whether inviting people to serve on committees or programs, designing programming or advocating for improvements in the campus climate, Grove consistently requires attention to ethnic and racial diversity as well as gender equity, according to Nancy Marie Robertson, associate professor of history and director of the Women’s Studies Program at IUPUI

“One key point that Kathy never forgets is that ‘women’ includes all women,” Robertson said.