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MCC’s Kiacz named Distinguished Woman in Higher Ed


Katie Kiacz
Katie Kiacz

Mott Community College’s Senior Academic Services Specialist Katie Kiacz has been named a 2020 recipient of the Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Leadership Award, presented annually by the Michigan ACE Network. It is the highest honor the MI-ACE Network presents.

“The Michigan ACE award is a most deserved recognition of Katie’s commitment to our student’s success and to creating an environment that supports and encourages women to pursue their goals,” said MCC President, Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea.

Kiacz, of Flushing, was recognized for her work as Advisor to the MCC Feminist League Student Club for the last three years, where she has ensured opportunities for students to participate at the National Young Feminist Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., changing the lives of students, empowering them with knowledge in critical issues areas, and providing academic career networking support.

She also served as the point person to lead the annual participation of MCC, Flint, and Genesee County in the “Bring Back the Night” worldwide movement to stand against sexual violence. Last fall, more than 100 people participated in this important movement. Additionally, she led the movement for the Equal Pay Day on campus, and effectively combined it with Student International Week to create a worldwide focus.

Kiacz has also Katie served as a pregnancy advocate for MCC students who continue their education during and post-pregnancy, as well as many leading Title IX programs and professional development opportunities for students. She further advocated for institutional board policy, spring-boarded by support to two women completing the U.S. asylum-seeking process striving for a safer environment to raise their children. She initiated a student association to serve international and immigrant student populations, while continuing her community work.

The Michigan American Council on Education Women’s Network (MI-ACE) is the professional network for Michigan women in higher education. We work in concert with the ACE Office of Inclusive Excellence Group nationally to identify, develop, encourage, advance, link, and support (IDEALS) women in higher education.

Mott Community College is committed to excellence in education and offering services that cultivate student success and improve the overall quality of life in a multicultural community. With more than 100 academic and occupational degree programs, we help students prepare to achieve more in an ever-changing economy. Through university transfer agreements, high-demand associate's degree programs and one-year certification programs, we help ensure that all Mott students are ready to get more out of life.

As an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution, the College encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. The College does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, veteran’s status, age, disability unrelated to an individual’s ability to perform adequately, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. Title IX Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St.,Prahl College Center – Student Success Services Center (PCC-2280E), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0024. Title II, ADA, Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Curtice-Mott Complex (CM-1117), Flint, MI 48503 (810) 762-0373. Section 504 Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Prahl College Center (PCC-2280A), Flint, MI 48503 (810) 762-0191.For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended these programs, please see the following link: Mott Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


June 5, 2020
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