The Women's and Gender Studies Program offers three awards to graduating students: The Mary Doyle Springer Award, The Women's and Gender Studies Activism Award for Gender Equality and Social Justice and The Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz Award.
The Mary Doyle Springer Award
The Mary Doyle Springer Award is the senior thesis award for the Women's and Gender Studies Program. The award was named for Mary Doyle Springer, one of the first faculty members at Saint Mary's College of California and the first tenured woman on campus. Mary Doyle Springer gave over 30 years of service to the College, worked tirelessly to bring women students to the campus in the early 70's, and helped found the Women's and Gender Studies program. In May 2007 Malia McClurg was named the first recipient of the award for her thesis on female mystics.
The Women's and Gender Studies Activism Award for Gender Equality and Social Justice
This award, established in 2011, honors a student leader who works both on and off campus to reduce gender-based oppression and to promote practices that empower all persons, regardless of gender identity or sex classification. The first recipient of this award (pictured above) was Andres Aguilar.
The Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz Award
This graduation award is given to an outstanding graduating senior of high academic achievement who best exemplifies the spirit and imagination of the Women's and Gender Studies Program. Named after the inspirational author of a primary text in the Collegiate Seminar Program, the Sor Juana Award is the highest academic honor that the program bestows on a student in any given year. The first recipient of the award, Cynthia Altamirano, received the honor in 2007.