Zonta Club of Oneida Area’s 2018 Status of Women will be presented to Dr. Dina Reideljas on Wednesday, March 21, at the annual celebration dinner and reception to be held at Theodore’s (formerly) Rusty Rail Restaurant, Route 5, Canastota.
Dr. Radeljas is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Mohawk Valley Community College. She came to Utica with her family as a refugee in 1995 as refugees from a war torn Bosnia. A self-directed young woman, she complete her education, with a master’s degree from SUNY Poly and a doctorate from Capella University.
This award will be given in recognition of Dina’s many and outstanding contributions to improve the quality of life and status of women for women and girlss, the award announcement said. Through service and advocacy in her own life and career, Dina has promoted and advanced gender equality for women and girls in the local, state and national levels, the announcement added.
Both on the job and as a volunteer she actively contributes to raising social awareness of women’s issues such as, but not limited to: domestic violence, literacy, health, living conditions, education and politics, the announcement said, adding that she has conducted presentations on gender and is currently working with students in creating posters on human rights. These group activities encompass the empowering of young women and girls to express interest in serving as strong leader in community and be part of their growth. Dina is also researching rape victims in the Bosnian genocide.
She lives in Frankfort with her husband and their 2-year-old daughter. In their spare time they enjoy spending time with family, hiking, kayaking, camping and traveling.
The dinner and reception will be open to members of the community who would like to join Zonta to honor Dina and her achievements.
Interested persons should contact a member of the local Zonta Club or call 315-363-0172 by March 10.