b'For over 20 years I have been honored to call Sandra my boss, colleague, mentor and, most importantly, my friend. I cant begin to explain how much I have benefited from Sandras support, guidance, encouragement and the occasional nudge to get me back on track! Sandra has had such an impact on my life, and on the lives of all those students and colleagues who have been lucky to work with her. What an incredible legacy she leaves for UFIC, UF and in so many countries around the world! Sandra, enjoy your retirement and, as we say in Ireland:May the road rise up to meet youMay the wind be always at your backOn to the next adventure! Nikki Kernaghan, Research Development Manager - International, Sandra, Nikki and Samira Daroub at the Dead Sea in Jordan, 2013 Queens University BelfastIn 2018, Dr. Russo was recognizedunderscored the personal contribution by the UF Association of AcademicRusso brought to advising women Women with the Woman of Distinctioninterested in international development: Award. The Woman of DistinctionSandra is the quintessential mentor. Her Award is given to a UF faculty memberentire career she has modeled and advanced or administrative/professional womanscholarship in academia that improves the who has made significant contributionshuman experience for both the scientist to the quality of life of women. Dr.and citizens of the world. She is a rising Russos contributions to the quality oftide whose academic career has quietly life of women were tangible at UF, asexalted those around her. In addition, Dr. well as globally. At UF, Dr. Russo wasRusso has served on numerous advisory one of the co-founders of the Center forcouncils for UF programs and centers, as Womens Studies and Gender Research,a Senator, on Senate committees, and on helping establish it legally in its earlysearch committees for faculty and staff.years. She also helped co-found theThrough her research, Dr. Russo also At the Woman of Distinction AwardGender and Development Workingaffected the quality of life of women Reception hosted by UF PresidentGroup, of faculty and graduate student.globally. From 1996-99, she was the PI W. Kent Fuchs, 2018 She continued to teach courses on genderfor a USAID Women in Development and development for UF and to superviseFellows program, WorldWID; a and mentor students throughout hergrant of $2.3 million that explicitly career at UF. Formally, Dr. Russo chairedtrained technical experts in areas of or served on 38 graduate committees.women in development, gender, and Sarah McKune, a former PhD studentgender analysis. Twenty-four Fellows and current collaborator of Dr. Russos,worked with programs and issues as varied as law, girls education, health,economic development, communication, Sandra and I began professional work together in 2010 when I joinedenvironmental planning, and citizen as Associate Director with her in what is now known as OGRE. Sandrasparticipation. Each Fellow spent commitment to gender equality and training others was readily apparentapproximately one year with a USAID and we developed a course on Gender and Development which has increasedMission or partner organization, students awareness of gender issues and contributed to countless proposals to integrate gender equity across multiple countries. She has been an icon acrossconducting work in Africa, Europe, Asia campus and in the community in her tireless efforts to support gender equality.and Latin America. Kathleen Colverson, Associate Research Scientist, Animal Sciences18 |Global Engagement Report 2023'