This fund is named in honor of two initial champions of EMU's Program in Women's and Gender Studies. Dr. Margaret Rossiter was a pioneer in the scholarship of Women's Studies, an EMU historian, and the first chair of EMU's Women's Studies Committee in 1973. Dr. Donald Drummond, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, 1966-1986, supported the creation of the program during his tenure as dean. These awards are given for the most outstanding papers on women and/or gender written by EMU students.
The Lloyd-Russell Prize for the Best Paper on Gender or Sexuality is awarded annually during the Winter semester. Papers may be in any discipline, but the focus must be on gender or sexuality. The award is named in honor of Anna Lloyd, former President and Executive Director of The Committee of 200, an organization of top U.S. women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders, and Kathleen Russell, former Assistant Dean of Students, Coordinator of EMU's LGBT Resource Center, and lecturer in the School of Social Work.
This award is named for Christy Rishoi, a former graduate student and lecturer in the English Department at Eastern Michigan University. Dr. Rishoi taught a range of classes, but her love remains women's literature and women's coming of age narratives. She taught her first week of classes at eMU pregnant, and returned in the second week having given birth to her youngest daughter, a Women's and Gender Studies major at EMU. This fund has been established by her daughter to honor the intersection of Women's and Gender Studies and Literature, and the ongoing role that Eastern Michigan University has played in both women's lives.