Alumna Erica Lindegren ‘11 Receives Achievement Award from Florida Commission

September 26, 2011 — The Florida Commission on the Status of Women (FCSW) honored New College of Florida alumna Erica Lindegren with their annual Achievement Award for her work in improving the lives of women and families in their communities. Lindegren and the other recipients from throughout Florida were honored at a special luncheon in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Lindegren, a Sarasota resident originally from Fort Walton Beach, Fla., graduated from New College of Florida in May 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, gender studies, and international and area studies.

While a New College student, Lindegren was involved in human rights activism, both locally and nationally. She participated in groups such as Students Against Genocide and Greenpeace. In January 2010, she participated in a program that combined Spanish-language immersion with experimental learning focused on women and social change in Cuernavaca, Mexico. In 2009 and 2010, she interned with MADRE, an international women’s rights organization in New York. Her New College senior thesis was an ethnographic exploration of how MADRE influences social change on a global scale. Recently, she was named to the board of the Sarasota Manatee Dance Alliance and is serving currently as the organizer of their Community Outreach and Dance For Community Day.

The Florida Commission on the Status of Women is a nonpartisan board in Tallahassee, Fla., dedicated to empowering women in achieving their fullest potential, eliminating barriers to that achievement and recognizing women’s accomplishments. Statutorily created in 1991 and administratively housed in the Office of the Attorney General, the commission’s mandate is to study and make recommendations to the governor, cabinet and legislature on issues affecting women.

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