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Bellar honored by Tennessee Economic Council on Women

Tennessee’s First Lady Andrea Conte presented Dr. Stephanie Bellar, UTC Professor and Acting Associate Dean of the Graduate School, with an Economic Excellence and Equity or “E” Award during the first ever  Economic Summit for Women.  Bellar was one of 17 women from Tennessee to receive the “E” Award recipient for the Education Category. 

The Economic Excellence and Equity Awards recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves in a specific field or life commitment that has contributed to improving the lives of girls and women in Tennessee.

The awards ceremony was the culminating event for the summit coordinated by the Tennessee Economic Council on Women (TECW).  The goal of the summit was to raise awareness about the status of economic conditions for women in Tennessee.  During the summit, organizers released new research about the financial impact of women's economic issues.

Bellar has been with UTC since 1988 when she joined the department of political science and has been active with the Women’s Studies program.  She teaches courses such as women in politics, politics of child care, politics, policy and family.  Her nomination for the E award was made in recognition of her work in the classroom and the community to promote women’s participation in all sectors of society.

The TECW was created in 1998 by the Tennessee General Assembly to assess Tennessee women’s economic status.  The Council develops and advocates solutions to address women’s needs in order to help women achieve economic autonomy.  In setting its priorities, the Council selects issues that are timely and likely to result in positive changes for women.