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Dr. Margarita Rose - Wilkes-Barre, PA

Submitted by Nicole Lawler - Orefield, PA
International Women's Day Award Banquet - King's College

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Dr. Margarita Rose goes above & beyond her role as an economics professor in educating the King's Community on social justice issues, while at the same time taking her work international in Uganada.

At King's College we are honoring Dr. Margarita Rose. We sent out an e-mail to all students, faculty, and staff asking for nominations. We received nine nominations and Dr. Rose received five of the nine. She is by far our best candidate. The following paragraphs are pulled from various nominations.

She was one of the original founders of the Women’s Studies Program at King’s College in an era when this was a very controversial topic. She was Director of the program for many years and continues to teach Women’s Studies courses. In addition, at no small expense on her part, she has been actively involved in starting micro-businesses in East Africa for poor women in areas such as Uganda. She has personally financially supported many participants and has recently received a Fulbright Grant for a study abroad program in Uganda. Moreover, she has done much to promote a Catholic identity here at King’s College, focusing on the Catholic traditions of social justice. For example, she is a co-founder of the Common Good discussions which are lunchtime meetings that focus on discussing various social justice issues between students, faculty, and staff. Dr. Rose is effective in the classroom because she provides an environment in which students are willing to participate in class discussions, while incorporating social justice issues in her curriculum.

Dr. Rose has also been heavily involved in the wider community through the Interfaith Resource Center for Peace and Justice, Catholic Relief Services, and her church.  Her achievements at King’s and in the community have been acknowledged through numerous awards, including the Max & Tillie Rosenn Award for Faculty Excellence, the Herve A. LeBlanc Distinguished Service Professorship, and the Donald J. Grimes,CSC Award for Excellence in Service-Learning Teaching. Anyone familiar with her knows Dr. Rose as a person of great good will, warmth, and humility. In closing, Dr. Rose organized some of the first Women’sDay celebrations ever held at King’s College.

All in all, this does not even begin to describe how amazing of a woman Dr. Rose is, at our banquet everyone could agree that she was the first person to come to mind.

This story was submitted as part of Oxam America's International Women's Day initiative to honor women working to right the wrongs of poverty and hunger. Honorees are selected independently by Oxfam supporters. Selection does not imply endorsement or other support from Oxfam America.

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