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COD Names Jennifer Hereth 2013 Woman of Distinction Award Winner

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The College of DuPage Women's Studies Committee has named Jennifer Hereth its 2013 Adade Wheeler Woman of Distinction Award recipient.

Hereth was honored at a reception at the College on Wednesday, March 20, which featured guest speaker Dr. Nilda Flores-Gonzalez, Associate Professor of Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Click here for images from the event.

Hereth is an Art professor at College of DuPage. She has mentored a number of young women throughout her lengthy career, including Jackie Withers, founder of the Bessie Coleman Fly Girls.

She conceptualized and produced a Teenage Archetype Card Deck to help theapists, counselors and teachers provide a way for teenagers to express their feelings. More than 1,000 therapists currently use the deck and all proceeds go to support teen programs. Additionally, Hereth recently collaborated on a mural with 200 grade school children in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood to engage them in the arts.

The Woman of Distinction Award, given annually since 1983, recognizes residents, workers or volunteers within Community College District 502 who have made significant contributions to the personal and professional advancement of women through education, advocacy and motivation.

For more information, call the College's Women's Studies Committee at (630) 942-2032 or (630) 942-3263.