Status of Women, Diversity and Equity Action Committee

If you would like to join the SWDEAC, please contact the WUFA office at

SWDEAC Winter/Intersession 2024 meeting schedule:

Friday, January 19 at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, February 2 at 1:00 p.m.
Friday, March 8 at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, April 12 at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, May 10 at 1:00 p.m.
Friday, June 7 at 1:00 p.m.

*All meetings will be held virtually over MS Teams.

SWDEAC – 2023/2024

Rajesh Seth, VP SWDEA, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Anna Lanoszka, WUFA President ex officio, Political Science
Rita Haase, Women’s & Gender Studies
Vicki Jay-Leung, Library
Pardeep Jasra, School of the Environment

Brandi Lucier, Women’s & Gender Studies
Rong Luo, Library
Shuzhen Zhao, Library
Tranum Kaur, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Sharon Munro, Library
Kendall Soucie, Psychology
Zareen Amtul, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Padma Ravi, Nursing

SWDEAC Newsletter to the Membership

Click on the following links to access SWDEAC's monthly newsletters

March 2024

February 2024

Mary Lou Dietz Equity Leadership Award 2024 - Call for Nominations
The Mary Lou Dietz Equity Award is a prestigious award that was established to honour the memory of Mary Lou Dietz.  The Windsor University Faculty Association’s Status of Women, Diversity and Equity Action Committee bestows the award each year to honour an individual who demonstrates leadership through their contributions to creating a climate of equity, diversity and inclusion on campus.  Nominations for the award may be submitted by Faculty, Staff, Administration, Corporations, Tribunals, Student Groups or any other interested parties or individuals.

Click on the following link for The Award Nomination Form and Criteria .

Mary Lou Dietz Equity Leadership Award

This award is given by the University of Windsor Faculty Association in honour of Mary Lou Dietz, BA. MA. PhD., who was a faculty member and Department Head of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Windsor. Dr. Dietz served on WUFA's Executive and council numerous times. In 1972 she lobbied for and became a founding member of WUFA's Status of Women Committee. Dr. Dietz helped to establish an executive position of Vice-President, Women's Issues within the faculty association and was the first person elected to this office. Dr. Dietz was involved in collective bargaining as a member of the Contract Committee and the Negotiating Committee, and she was Chief Negotiator in the year that our pay anomaly fund for women was established. In 1994, Mary Lou Dietz was awarded the CAUT Sarah Shorten Award, in recognition of her outstanding achievements in the promotion of the advancement of women in Canadian universities and colleges. She passed away December 29, 2008.

Previous Recipients

2023 - Dr. Tricia Carmichael, Department of Chemistry & Biochamistry
2023 - Dr. Barbara Thomas, Faculty of Nursing

2022 - Dr. Richard Douglass-Chin, Department of English/Women's & Gender Studies (Declined)

2021 - The 2020 award presentation was held no call for nominations in 2021 due to COVID-19

2020 - Dr. Catherine Hundleby, Philosophy

2019 - Dr. Ben C. H. Kuo, Psychology

2018 - Dr. Laverne Jacobs, Faculty of Law

2017 - Dr. Victoria Paraschak, Human Kinetics

2016 - Dr. Anne Forrest, Women's and Gender Studies

2015 - Dr. Andrew Allen, Faculty of Education

2014 - Dr. Lynda D. Corkum, Faculty of Science

2013 - Dr. Richard Moon, Faculty of Law

2012 - Dr. Angela Sodan, Faculty of Computer Science

2011 - Dr. Margery J. Holman, Faculty of Human Kinetics

2010 - removed by request