Medaille VP for Academic Affairs Champions Women’s Rights Across WNY

Dr. Quigley at Trailblazing Women of WNY Monument Project
Medaille College Vice President for Academic Affairs Lori V. Quigley, Ph.D., gave an address at the Trailblazing Women of WNY Monument Project press event at the Erie County Central library on March 21. The event included an announcement of plans to commission a statue of Geraldine “Sid-Tah” Green, a faithkeeper at the Newtown longhouse on the Cattaraugus Territory of the Seneca Nation. As a member of the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women’s Trailblazing Women Committee and a recognized expert on Native American issues, Dr. Quigley was instrumental in the decision to honor Green. She notes that the committee has endeavored to recognize “truly impactful” Western New York women of diverse backgrounds with statues: “When young people look at the statues of important figures from Buffalo’s history in our parks and civic buildings, it’s important they see impactful women being celebrated as role models and transformative figures.”
Dr. Quigley also served as the keynote speaker of a New York State Women, Inc. event on March 6, entitled “100 years – A century of fighting for women’s rights, yet the battle isn’t over.” In her keynote address, she discussed the challenges facing all women in our diverse nation and the actions that may be taken to keep society moving toward a common goal.
Additionally, Dr. Quigley was honored as February’s “Woman in Leadership” honoree by the New York State Women, Inc. Buffalo Niagara Chapter and WKBW-TV. “Women in Leadership” honorees are selected for being established businesswomen who have exhibited leadership, enterprise and excellence in their profession and who give back to the WNY community. As an honoree, Dr. Quigley was interviewed on AM Buffalo on February 26, and was recognized with a profile featured on the chapter’s website. When speaking about her leadership style and inspiration, Dr. Quigley says “The change I try to affect is really to empower people to be the best they can be, especially empowering women and eliminating racism.”
Dr. Quigley has demonstrated leadership and excellence by serving on the boards of Health Sciences Charter School and YWCA of Erie County, as well as giving back to her Native American community, to help maintain their indigenous language. She grew up on the Allegany territory of the Seneca Nation of Indians and is a member of the wolf clan. In October 2018, Dr. Quigley was elected to the Board of Directors for the National Indian Education Association (NIEA), and she has written numerous grants targeted at Native education initiatives, resulting in nearly $4 million in awards funded. 
Dr. Quigley is pictured with honored guests at the Trailblazing Women of WNY Monument Project press event on March 21.
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