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The Women of Spirit & Action Awards

The Women of Spirit & Action Awards, commonly referred to as WSA, is an homage to St. Louise de Marillac for her tireless commitment to the service of others. Our most celebrated event of the year that's open to the entire university community, WSA is a partnership between the DePaul Women's Network and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity.

Each fall, we ask all faculty, staff, and students to nominate a DePaul woman who embodies the spirit and action of St. Louise. At our WSA Awards Ceremony, we recognize these modern-day Louises in our midst and honor their contributions to our DePaul community.

A "modern-day Louise" is a woman who exemplifies St. Louise de Marillac's qualities of spirit and service, compassionate personalism and the ability to get things done.

16th Annual WSA Awards Ceremony – Thursday, November 5, 2020

Recognize a 2020 Woman of Spirit and Action

Submissions will be accepted through October 28, 2020. Though the award honors DePaul women, we encourage all members of our university community to recognize an honoree for this award.

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Complete Nomination Form

Register for the 2020 WSA Awards Ceremony

Join us at the 2020 St. Louise de Marillac Women of Spirit and Action Awards Ceremony. We’ll come together Thursday, November 5, 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. via Zoom for our first ever virtual ceremony and a celebration of the honorees.

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About St. Louise de Marillac

St. Louise de Marillac was a wife, mother, nurse, social worker, teacher and community organizer in 17th century France. She collaborated with St. Vincent de Paul to serve the poor and she educated women to help serve those most in need. Moreover, she founded the Daughters of Charity, a community of religious women that still exists today. St. Louise acted from a deep place of faith in God and out of a sense of love and joy rather than obligation. Whether our endeavors are humble or grand, Louise de Marillac's spirit continues to inspire us to take our beliefs and put them into action.

Women of Substance Exhibit

The Women of Substance Exhibit recognizes the remarkable and inspiring women in our lives. Similar to WSA, all members of the DePaul community are invited to nominate a woman of substance to be featured in this celebratory exhibit.

A "woman of substance" is a woman who uses her power and positive influence to make a difference. A nominee may be a friend, colleague, co-worker, mother, daughter, author, educator, or someone who wears a different title. It is up to you!

If selected, a nominee's information will be posted for viewing in a pop-up display on both the Lincoln Park and Loop campuses during specific dates and times in the spri​ng.