Rose-Mockry, Katherine

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Katherine Rose-Mockry
  • 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

Dr. Katherine Rose-Mockry served as the director of the Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity from 1998 to 2019. For over twenty years, she has dedicated her career to promoting gender equity and elevating the status of women on the KU campus and community at large.

In 2001, Rose-Mockry created KU’s first sexual assault response policy. She also lobbied for the creation of a CARE coordinator position (Campus Assistance, Resource, and Education) at KU for survivors of sexual assault. In 2004, in response to a popular KU swimsuit calendar, Rose-Mockry created the KU Women of Distinction Calendar. Fighting back against sexist stereotypes, the Women of Distinction Calendar honored KU women leaders and trailblazers who defied norms and served as role models through their actions and accomplishments. In 2009, the center established the Jana Mackey Distinguished Lecture Series as an honor and tribute to former KU student Jana Mackey, who was murdered in 2008 by her former boyfriend.  The series has featured nationally-known speakers such as Lilly Ledbetter, Melissa Harris-Perry, and Tamika Mallory. She also increased the scope and visibility of the Emily Taylor Center Recognition Program, an awards ceremony that honors the accomplishments of those who work for gender equity.

Rose-Mockry has also worked with members of the community and campuses across the country to provide support in addressing current issues. She was integral to the development of programs and services for pregnant and parenting students, staff and faculty, including the creation and coordination of campus wide lactation rooms and other service resources. To increase women’s presence in STEMM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine), Rose-Mockry helped launch the KU Women in STEMM Mentoring Program (WiSTEMM), matching undergraduate students with graduate mentors in order to provide guidance and support for women entering these fields. Of all these accomplishments, though, perhaps Rose-Mockry’s greatest is helping to create a more inclusive and welcoming campus climate. Her open door has offered a safe space for students seeking advice, mentorship, resources, and opportunities to work towards gender equity.

Before working with the Emily Taylor Center, Rose-Mockry had an eclectic career that drew upon her background in music as well as her interest in higher education. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from KU in 1978 and worked as a music therapist. In 1984, she earned a master’s degree in education/counseling from KU, and from there, worked at the Women’s Resource Center at the University of California Los Angeles. She was the director of the UCLA center from 1991-1998, before returning to KU to lead the Emily Taylor Center. In 2015, Rose-Mockry completed a doctorate in educational leadership & policy studies from KU.

Her commitment and accomplishments have been honored numerous times over the years. In 2011, Rose-Mockry received the KU C.L.A.S.S. Award for outstanding leadership by staff members on behalf of students. In 2008, she received the inaugural Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett Woman Mentoring Women Award and was named an Outstanding Faculty Facilitator for the KU Learning Communities Program. At UCLA, she was awarded the Thomas Evans Award for Interfaith Understanding in 1997. Additionally, she served as co-chair of the Women in Student Affairs (WISA) community of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. As WISA co-chair, she was involved in efforts to expand the organization’s scope to be more inclusive of nonbinary and trans individuals in discussions, outreach, and focus.

“It has been so meaningful to me to dedicate my career to work I believe in — advancing gender equity, promoting inclusion, and supporting and advocating for students,” Rose-Mockry said. “It has been my privilege to work with colleagues at KU, in the community and beyond to make a difference in the learning experiences and lives of our students. Their courage and tenacity will continue to inspire me. I am proud to have been a part of transformational activities and programs at KU and look forward to contributing in new ways to our community.”

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