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Women’s Center director honored by YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Sekile M. Nzinga also will be honored by Northwestern’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

Sekile M. Nzinga, director of the Women’s Center at Northwestern, was honored by YWCA Evanston/North Shore earlier this month for her contributions to social justice movements, including reproductive justice, labor rights and equity for people of all gender identities.

Northwestern’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, in conjunction with the Women’s Center, will host a reception in honor of Nzinga at 4 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Guild Lounge at Scott Hall. The reception will focus on Nzinga work as it intersects with the mission of the YWCA and campus initiatives for gender justice.

Lindsay Chase Lansdale, vice provost for academics at Northwestern, Karen Singer, president and CEO of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, and Tiffany McDowell, director of the Equity Institute at the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, will be in attendance and speak at the event.

Nzinga, along with Alpana Singh, sommelier, TV personality and restaurateur, and Cindy Hartwig, executive director of women’s health and professional practice at Lutheran General Advocate Hospital, were honored at the annual YWomen Leadership Awards celebration in Chicago.

The YWomen Leadership Awards, created in 2008, “recognize those who have made an impact in women’s empowerment, racial justice and social change.”

In addition to serving as director of the Women’s Center, Nzinga is the co-chair of the Gender-Queer, Non-Binary and Trans Task Force, a faculty member in Gender and Sexuality Studies and sits on the working board of directors for the Chicago Abortion Fund.

For information about the reception, contact Women’s Center Program Manager Sarah Brown at