Doctor of Law and Policy Student Recipient of 2013 Women in Public Service Leadership Award

Shai Butler, a full-time doctoral student and full-time higher education administrator, has been recognized for public service leadership by The Center for Women in Government & Civil Society (CWGCS) at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Butler is a Doctor of Law and Policy student at Northeastern University College of Professional Studies and Vice President for Diversity at the College of St. Rose in Albany. She was given the 2013 Women in Public Service Leadership award at a recent event in Albany commemorating 35 years of the Center’s groundbreaking gender research and education.  

The honor recognizes outstanding service and achievements of women leaders who have made a substantive difference in effecting significant change and making the community, the state, and the world a better place. Butler was recognized in the Civil Society category, which honors exemplary volunteer or staff leadership in a nonprofit organization or the community.College of St. Rose in Albany. She was given the 2013 Women in Public Service Leadership award at a recent event in Albany commemorating 35 years of the Center’s groundbreaking gender research and education.  

Butler is in her final year in the Doctor of Law and Policy program. As the Vice President of Diversity at the College of Saint Rose, she is responsible for integrating diversity policies and practices into campus operations. A specialist in intergroup dialogue,  conflict resolution, coaching, and mentoring on topics that pertain to race, ethnicity, class and gender, Butler is regarded as a diversity expert.

A news article by CWGCS notes that Butler was previously appointed by the Schenectady County Legislature to serve as a Commissioner for Human Rights and serves as a trained mediator for Mediation Matters in Albany. She has worked on global and local human rights issues by serving as past Chair of the United Nations & International Projects Committee/Member of Zonta International, a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. She also served as the public relations executive board member for African Reflections Foundation, a local not for profit that supports development efforts in Tanzania.

“These women truly realize the promise of transformational public service leadership and their agency helped make their communities a better place,” said Center Executive Director Dina Refki in a CWGCS news article. “They consistently inspire and motivate us to raise the bar individually and collectively.”


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