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Dr. Michaela Howells Wins YWCA Education Award

Monday, March 07, 2022

Dr. Michaela Howells, UNCW associate professor of anthropology, was the winner of the Education Award at the 36th YWCA Women of Achievement Awards held virtually March 3.

Howells was among six Seahawk women who were nominated in several categories. The annual awards celebrate women leaders of the lower Cape Fear who exemplify YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

The Education Award honors a woman who demonstrates a commitment to improving the quality and equity of education. Howells’ research, teaching and volunteer work focus on health disparities in women and other marginalized communities.

“It is so obvious that Dr. Howells is doing so much in this community, and also professionally and personally to better the world,” said Lisa Coats, a UNCW colleague who nominated Howells. “I really feel like she deserved this on all levels.”

Additional UNCW faculty/staff nominees included:

  • Sabrina Cherry, assistant professor of public health, was nominated in the category of education.
  • Ann Freeman, assistant secretary to the UNCW Board of Trustees and divisional budget manager for the Chancellor's Division, was nominated in the category of public service.
  • Mayra Robles, first-year admission coordinator, was nominated in the category of trailblazer.
  • Tania Smith, CARE lead victim advocate, was nominated in the category of response and education.
  • Katrin Wesner-Harts, director of the Abrons Student Health Center, was nominated in the category of health and wellness.

A recording of the awards ceremony can be viewed online.

-- Krissy Vick

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Michaela Howells

Dr. Michaela Howells, UNCW associate professor of anthropology
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