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Alums Hobson-Prater, Ward selected for HERS Institute

| May 12, 2017

Tara Hobson-PraterTara Hobson-Prater

Two IUPUI employees and liberal arts alums will attend the Higher Education Resources Summer (HERS) Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration this summer, continuing a tradition that began in 1987.

Tara Hobson-Prater (BA, MA, Sociology) and Etta Ward (AA, Arts & Humanities; BA, English; MA, Philanthropic Studies) will take part in the two week residential training program that focuses on current issues in higher education and administration.

Hobson-Prater is the director of the Indiana Biomedical Gateway Program for Ph.D. Study in the IU School of Medicine and Ward serves as the executive director of research development for the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. Ward is also the president elect of the Liberal Arts Alumni Association Board.

Etta WardEtta Ward

The HERS Institute’s mission is to create and sustain “a community of women leaders… with a special focus on gender equity within the broader commitment to achieving equality and excellence in higher education.”

Hobson-Prater and Ward’s participation is a result of IUPUI’s strategic plan to “develop our faculty and staff” and “promote an inclusive campus climate.

Dr. Terri Tarr (director of the Center for Teaching and Learning), was also selected to attend the institute. This year’s selections make 53 the total number of IUPUI women to attend the prestigious leadership development program across 30 years.

More than half of the women employed by IUPUI who have attended the institute during the 30-year time frame have remained on campus and continue to contribute their leadership skills to the school.

The program has trained over 5,000 women from 1,200 campuses around the world in its 40 years of existence.