Penn wins Charlotte Striebel Equity Award from U of M Women’s Center

September 17, 2019

Sarah Penn, senior veterinary technician and patient care coordinator at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) was recently awarded the Charlotte Striebel Equity Award from the U of M’s Women’s Center. She will be honored at the Women’s Center’s annual Celebrating Changemakers event on October 17. 

Penn began as a veterinary technician at the VMC in 2002. She has been a patient care coordinator since 2015. She was elected co-chair of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee (DNIC) in early 2018. “I love working with this team and doing my part to make this a more diverse, inclusive, equitable, and safe place for marginalized people within our community,” she says. “I also very much enjoy improving and affecting the quality of life of animals, as well as client education.”

Penn also won the CVM’s Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion award at the College’s annual Staff Appreciation Day in July. That award recognizes significant accomplishments and innovation among CVM's faculty and staff in achieving and sustaining diversity and inclusion efforts within the College’s personnel, policies, programs, environment, climate, and constituencies.

With this prestigious award comes a $1,000 stipend for Penn’s professional development. 

The Charlotte Striebel award was established to honor Charlotte Striebel, MA, PhD, who was a mathematics professor and a strong advocate for equal rights for women. The award aims to further her work for women's equity in salary, hiring, and promotion, and annually recognizes a University of Minnesota faculty or staff member of any gender who goes above and beyond daily responsibilities to promote access for the common good, to undo bias and discrimination, or to build capacity for diverse and equitable campus communities.