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Hardison-Moody Wins Equity for Women Award

Annie Hardison-Moody, along with colleague Sarah Bowen from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, was awarded a Group Recipient Award as part of the Equity for Women Awards celebration. These awards annually recognize faculty, staff and students for their outstanding dedication to establishing equity for women at NC State University. Bowen and Hardison-Moody worked closely with faculty and graduate students across five universities to develop a collaborative leadership model for research and mentorship for a grant they were awarded.

Maru Gonzalez, AHS Assistant Professor, stated in her nomination letter that “Bowen and Hardison-Moody have already made an enormous difference in cultivating a culture of belonging and amplifying graduate students’ contributions. I have no doubt that their impact will continue to permeate throughout the university and beyond through their service, scholarship, and the graduate students with whom they work”. Hardison-Moody and Bowen collaborated on an NSF RAPID grant to study the impacts of COVID on food insecurity, a problem that disproportionately affects women. Knowing that significant barriers exist for historically marginalized graduate students (including women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and first-generation students), they decided to create a collaborative leadership model.

In an attempt to disrupt power dynamics that exist in publishing, and to elevate the scholarship of the students they worked with (most of whom were a part of historically marginalized communities), Bowen and Hardison-Moody created a publication model that prioritized graduate student work. In May 2022, they hosted a publication workshop in which students could develop a paper idea, present it and receive feedback from faculty mentors and from the entire research team, and create a plan for revising and publishing the paper. Five graduate students participated in the event and are currently working on journal articles from the project.

Drs. Hardison-Moody and Bowen receiving the Group Award

Hardison-Moody states “It was an honor to be nominated by my colleague Gonzalez. Bowen and I have worked together since 2012, and I’m excited to continue our work to lift up the stories of caregivers who work so hard to feed their families. It’s an honor to get to do this work with our colleagues and collaborators, most notably the incredible graduate students we’ve been able to work with through the years.” Congratulations again to Hardison-Moody for this wonderful achievement.