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Woman of the Year

The Athena Women of the Year award is given annually to women who have demonstrated clear and sustained dedication to women’s professional enhancement at the University of Idaho. Women of the Year are women who truly represent the mission of Athena and fearlessly engage both professionally and personally in making changes that support and forward the mission of Athena. These are women who have truly gone above and beyond the call of duty to provide mentorship to other women, advocate for an inclusive and supportive climate, volunteering and engaging across the University in ways that carry out in word and deed the mission of Athena. Nominees may also be engaged in other efforts, beyond our campus.

This award should not be based on a single achievement, but rather on the totality of a person’s efforts over a sustained period of time carried out on behalf of women at U of I.

Nominees must be women currently working in a U of I board-appointed position of at least half-time and have worked at U of I for a minimum of three years.

Nominations open each Spring.

2020 Recipients

Leslie Baker

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences

Baker has worked tirelessly, mostly behind the scenes, to cultivate an equitable, supportive atmosphere in the Department of Geological Science for both faculty and students. Because of Baker’s supportive leadership, there has been an increase in the fraction of women within the department’s faculty. When the department was required to downsize due to budget cuts in spring 2020, she chose to resign from the university rather than laying off one of the newer faculty members. Baker thought this was the best path forward for the future of the department, its members and its students. This showed a level of dedication, selflessness and leadership under extremely difficult circumstances. In addition to her professional accomplishments and leadership within U of I, Baker also has a strong commitment to community service and outreach and currently serves as the Board Chair for the Moscow Charter School.

Leslie Baker
Leslie Baker

Lynsie Clott

Assistant Director of the Department of Student Involvement

Clott has worked to develop leadership opportunities for women identified students on this campus since the moment she arrived here. UI Women Lead was developed in 2017 as a multi-session leadership program targeting undergraduate women with a mission to explore and find ways to overcome challenges specific to women leaders. In 2018, Clott led a group of ten undergraduate women on a trip to Fields Spring State Park in Anatone, Washington as a collaboration between Leadership Programs, Outdoor Programs and the Center for Volunteerism and Social Action. The inaugural trip, dubbed Women’s Base Camp, focused on volunteer service, leadership and outdoor recreation. The program has been held annually ever since. With each subsequent UI Women Lead program or Women’s Base Camp trip, Clott has asked a new, young, female professional if they would like to participate so that they may gain new skills and experience.

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Lynsie Clott