NDSU Provost Margaret Fitzgerald was recognized at the YWCA Women of the Year event. Photo Credit: Britta the Photographer
NDSU Provost Margaret Fitzgerald was honored with a top award during the 49th annual YWCA Cass Clay Women of the Year program held April 25.
The event honored 27 women from Cass and Clay Counties whose lives, talents and passions have shaped the community. With an audience of more than 700 guests, the evening culminated in the announcement of the 2022 YWCA Women of the Year recipients in 11 different categories.
“The YWCA has been recognizing the contributions of women in our community for almost 50 years through the Women of the Year celebrations. To be included with the other nominees is an incredible honor,” said Fitzgerald, who received the award in the education category. “Being there with my family, colleagues, former students, friends and acquaintances, and learning about the impact that people are having was truly uplifting.”
YWCA Cass Clay’s emergency shelter provides safety for more than 1,300 women and children each year. In addition to operating the largest emergency shelter for women and children in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota, YWCA Cass Clay provides 72 units of safe and affordable supportive housing to assist women and families in gaining stability and independence. Other key YWCA programs focus on homeless prevention and racial justice.
Fitzgerald earned her bachelor’s degree at NDSU, master’s degree from Arizona State University and doctorate in human development and family studies with emphasis in family resource management at Iowa State University.