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.
13th Annual WSA Awards Ceremony
101 DePaul women (faculty, staff and students) were recognized at our WSA Awards Ceremony on Nov. 2, 2017. Click here to view the list of honorees
. This year's event featured Shana Wills as the keynote speaker. Read her bio here
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 spring.