Swanee Hunt to be Honored at College Leadership Conference

May 19, 2011


Swanee Hunt
, Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy and founder and former director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP), will receive a Women of Distinction Award at a ceremony June 2 at the University of Maryland, College Park. The awards ceremony will take place during the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL), co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA).

Hunt is president of Hunt Alternatives Fund, through which she has committed $120 million in endowments and grants toward social change. The fund strengthens youth arts organizations, supports leaders of social movements, combats the demand for commercial sex, and works to achieve political parity for U.S. women.

Hunt served as U.S. Ambassador to Austria from 1993 to 1997 and has authored research, columns, and three books, including the award-winning “This Was Not Our War: Bosnian Women Reclaiming the Peace.” She also chairs the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Inclusive Security, which conducts research, training, and advocacy to integrate women into peace processes.

AAUW and NASPA are recognizing Hunt as a 2011 Women of Distinction Awardee for her lifelong work breaking through barriers for women in politics.

Presented annually at NCCWSL, the Women of Distinction Awards honor women leaders who have made extraordinary accomplishments in their professions or their communities and who represent inspiring role models for women student leaders.

Hunt will be honored alongside an esteemed group of women including Emmy-winning journalist Connie Chung; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson HKSEE 2003; Calvin Coolidge Senior High School (Washington, D.C.) varsity football head coach Natalie Randolph; and Marsha Guenzler-Stevens, the student union director at the University of Maryland, College Park.

This year's awardees join a prestigious group of more than 100 women who have been honored since the award was established in 1985.

Photograph of Swanee Hunt

Swanee Hunt, Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy
Photo Credit: Stephanie Mitchell, Harvard News Office

The Women of Distinction Awards honor women leaders who have made extraordinary accomplishments in their professions or their communities and who represent inspiring role models for women student leaders.

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