Agent of Change Award


The branch honors a St. Lawrence County woman for her work as employer, employee or volunteer with our biennial Agent of Change Award. When this award began, the national theme for AAUW was "Thanks to Women's Work."

An Agent of Change is noteworthy in one or all of three areas:

  1. Her work has advanced the cause of women’s rights.
  2. Her work exemplifies the importance of equity for women.
  3. Her work has brought about significant change in the community.

AAUW Membership VP JoAnn Rogers chairs the Agent of Change committee. To nominate someone, please send a letter and supporting documentation outlining the nominee's contributions that meet the criteria to her at PO Box 5750, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY 13699-5750.

AAUW in the News: Clarkson’s Baltus presented with Agent of Change Award (Jan. 29, 2014)

AAUW in the News: AAUW Honors Baltus As Agent of Change (Jan 22, 2014)


2013 AAUW Agent of Change: Ruth Baltus

Clarkson University professor Ruth Baltus will be honored by AAUW-St. Lawrence County as their 2013 Agent of Change at a reception at Potsdam’s First Crush 4 pm on Mon., Jan. 27. Branch members, students, colleagues, friends and the public are invited to an AAUW Happy Hour to enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar for the awards ceremony and a social networking event. Please RSVP to AAUW membership VP JoAnn Rogers by Friday, Jan. 24.

Dr. Baltus joins a distinguished roster of former awardees for her work as a mentor, a teacher, a researcher and a leader at Clarkson University. She is one of only seven women in the entire university to hold the rank of full professor. From 2006-12, she was the Department Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. During much of that time, she was the only female department chair at the university.

Dr. Baltus has worked to advance women’s standing and opportunities at the university. She served on the Gender Issues Committee since its founding in 2004. She was faculty advisor for the Clarkson University student section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) from 1991-2001, and for three of those years, the section was honored as the best student section in its 26 school region (Region F).


Past recipients of this award:


2011 AAUW Agent of Change: Margaret Kent Bass

For more than 20 years AAUW has biennially honored a St. Lawrence County woman whose work as employer, employee or volunteer is noteworthy in one or all of these three areas: her work has advanced the cause of women's rights; her work exemplifies the importance of equity for women; her work has brought about significant change in the community.

It is with great honor that the AAUW-St. Lawrence County Branch announces the 2011 AAUW Agent of Change: Margaret Kent Bass of Canton. Dr. Bass came to St. Lawrence in 1993 as an assistant professor of English and director of multicultural affairs in 1993. She left in 1995 to teach at the University of Iowa, returning in 2000.

Dr. Bass is now an Associate Professor of English and Caribbean and Latin American Studies at St. Lawrence University. She has previously served as interim Vice President and Dean of Student Life and Co-Curricular Education and overseen the Higher Education Opportunity Program, Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program, McNair Scholar program, Presidential Diversity Scholar program and Jeffrey Campbell Fellows program.

Dr. Bass is a powerful advocate and visible leader in equity and education; a trail blazer for women's rights, an advocate for racial justice, and a modern day Sojourner Truth for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) rights. She is the first to take a stand, to offer her voice and influence for those who might not be heard.

Dr. Bass embodies, through words and deeds, care for community and a commitment to change. She has being an agent of change on campus and in the larger community of the North Country, pushing the area to be more diverse in every single sense.

She started the SLU faculty Caucus of Color ten years ago, seeing the need for colleagues to find a safe place to express themselves. She also made a successful effort to diversify the SLU student body, particularly during her time as an interim Dean of Student Life when she fostered a cooperative, diversified and productive atmosphere at St. Lawrence University.

Dr. Bass has always assisted students from various ethnic, social and cultural backgrounds in making a smooth transition to college life in the North Country. She has worked with student organizations/groups in developing multicultural programming, has provided leadership training for cultural groups, has advised the Black Women's Residence, has worked in the development and programming of Presidential Diversity Scholars, has provided constant support for gay, lesbian and transgender students and organizations on campus in particular and in the North Country in general.

Margaret Bass has also devoted herself to diversify the student body and the faculty of the four colleges of St. Lawrence County. She has influenced our institutions of Higher Education and helped us to understand what is needed in order to find, to bring, support, and retain a diverse pool of professionals.

Margaret Bass served as convener and chair at various iterations of the Associated Colleges attempt to support diversity in the region, as well as for the SLU grant that helped at least a dozen faculty members of diverse background to work towards attaining tenure in our institutions, and find mentors outside their immediate departments or institutions.

AAUW has always had her support; we have been able to count on her work to advance our causes and our mission. The AAUW-St. Lawrence County Branch is proud to name Margaret Kent Bass its 2011 Agent of Change Award.

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