Anne ForrestProfessor Anne Forrest will receive the Mary Lou Dietz Equity Leadership Award at a reception May 12.

Faculty association to honour Anne Forrest for contributions to equity

A reception May 12 will honour Anne Forrest, professor of women’s and gender studies, as the 2016 recipient of the Mary Lou Dietz Equity Leadership Award.

The Windsor University Faculty Association’s Status of Women, Diversity and Equity Action Committee bestows the award to individuals who demonstrate leadership through their contributions to creating an equity culture on campus. The award is named after Mary Lou Dietz, a late UWindsor faculty member and head of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, in recognition of her contributions to the advancement of women in Canadian universities and colleges.

In addition to serving as a mentor and an inspiration to many students—at both undergraduate and graduate levels—Dr. Forrest has been a pioneer of employment equity on campus, earning the “President’s Equity Award” in 1999.

Among her many achievements, she implemented the “Positive Action Plan for Achieving Equity in Hiring Women Faculty;” initiated and named the “Friends of Women’s Studies,” a group formed to bring prominent feminist visitors to Windsor each year; and co-founded the Bystander Initiative on campus. Read more in a brief citation on the association’s website.

Join association members as they recognize Forrest for her commitment, contributions, and accomplishments to diversity and equity. The awards presentation will begin at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Kerr House, 366 Sunset Avenue, with a reception following. RSVP by May 6, by e-mail to or by phone at 519-253-3000, ext. 3365.