Shameka Wilson named Cobb County Woman of the Year

Director of Women’s Resource and Interpersonal Violence Prevention Center honored by AAUW…

Georgia (Apr 22, 2016)

Director of Women’s Resource and Interpersonal Violence Prevention Center honored by AAUW

KENNESAW, Ga. (April 22, 2016) — Shameka Wilson’s work in Student Success Services is being recognized beyond Kennesaw State University’s campuses.

Wilson, the director of the Women’s Resource and Interpersonal Violence Prevention Center, has been named the 2016 Woman of the Year by the Cobb County chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

“I am so grateful to be honored by the Cobb County branch of the AAUW as their Woman of the Year,” Wilson said. “Community partnerships are so important to the work carried out by the Women’s Resource and Interpersonal Violence Prevention Center, and it feels good to know they appreciate and respect the work being done.”

Wilson has been at Kennesaw State University since August 2013. In her current role, she works to provide a safe space to discuss women and gender issues, supports victims and survivors of interpersonal violence and collaborates with campus and community partners to provide co-curricular programing for the Kennesaw State community.

The award is given annually to an outstanding woman in Cobb County from the business, nonprofit or education sectors. The honoree is chosen based on her dedication to her profession and the service her leadership provides to the community, according to Cobb County AAUW president Arden Stone.

“Shameka fulfills these criteria in every way,” Stone said. “The critical issues Shameka must face on a daily basis at the center, the planning involved in campus programming that brings awareness and seeks solution, and the counseling and extended resources made available through the center are invaluable to women students at KSU.”

The AAUW will honor Wilson, along with Kennesaw State students Catherine Ellis, Sydney Saylors and Bonnie Jane Parker, at a banquet on May 10 at Indian Hills Country Club in Marietta. The Cobb County branch is awarding $2,000 scholarships to Ellis and Saylors, and sponsoring Parker to attend the AAUW National Conference for College Women Student Leaders in June in College Park, Maryland.


Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country.


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