Extraordinary UA Women

Extraordinary women – and those who support them – can be found across the University of Arkansas campus. There is no limit to our campus capacity for women to serve as role models, mentors, good citizens and friends.

A women's advocate is an individual who leads by example, is a role model, and is an inspiration for others seeking gender equality and women's empowerment. They empower those around them and make a positive impact on women's experiences on our campus

"The Commission on Women membership thought there was no better way to shine a light on extraordinary women and women's advocates than to collect nominations of those outstanding members of the University of Arkansas who inspire and support others through a public nomination process. The nomination process is ongoing, and the campus continues to show a very strong desire to recognize women and those who advocate for women."

Zajicek, 2020 chair of the Women's Commission

The 2020 recipients of the extraordinary woman and the women's advocate recognition include:

Faculty Category

Frances Griffith


Research associate in the Department of Civil Engineering

Silka Spiesshoefer


Clinical assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering

Staff Category

Synetra D. Hughes


Associate director in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion of the Sam M. Walton College of Business

Cecilia Grossberger


Assistant director of marketing and communications at new Student and Family Programs

Student Category

Morgan Middlebrooks


Graduate student in the Department of Psychology

Christine Carroll


University Recreation facilities assistant

Women's Advocate Category

Bryan Hill

Associate dean for student success in the College of Engineering