- Program Director of the Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center at the University Of Kansas since 1998
- First recipient of the Kathleen McCluskey Woman Mentoring Women Award
- 2011 recipient of the Citation for Leadership and Achievement in Student Services (CLASS) Award
- Established the KU Women of Distinction Calendar in 2003
Katherine Rose-Mockry received her Bachelor’s of Music Education in 1978, her Master’s of Science in Education in 1984 and is a Ph.D. candidate in Education, all from the University of Kansas. Rose-Mockry has served as Program Director of the Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center at the University of Kansas since 1998. She came to KU from a similar role at UCLA and brought a wealth of knowledge and experience with her. Because she holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from KU, when she took on the position here she had a great understanding of the institution and issues that women students, faculty, and staff face here.
In her role as Program Director, Rose-Mockry has taken the opportunity to counsel, mentor, challenge, and support countless students, staff, faculty, and community members. There are many programs and efforts that could be listed to describe her excellence as the Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center Program Director, but one of the most symbolic of her vision and commitment is the creation and implementation of the KU Women of Distinction Calendar. Rose-Mockry took on this project in 2004 after a particularly suggestive “Women of KU” calendar was distributed. The KU Women of Distinction Calendar is now distributed every fall to honor KU women students, staff, faculty, and alumna for their achievements and contributions to the KU and Lawrence community. Women are chosen for challenging gender stereotypes, inspiring others, and acting as role models.
Rose-Mockry’s service to the community, including the KU community, is demonstrated in many ways, but two things that stand out are establishing lactation stations for nursing mothers throughout campus and her active involvement in the newly formed disability network for University of Kansas staff and faculty. Rose-Mockry currently serves on the KU Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Advisory Board, KU Diversity Council, KU Unclassified Senate Governance Committee, and the GaDuGi SafeCenter Community Coalition. She also serves as the advisor to the KU Commission on the Status of Women, Moms at KU, and International Women Connect. She was the first recipient of the Kathleen McCluskey Woman Mentoring Women Award and this year was selected as the recipient of the CLASS Award (Citation for Leadership and Achievement in Student Services).