In honor of Women's History Month, Framingham State University created an award ceremony "Women Making History Now" to honor six women who have impacted their Massachusetts communities. The inaugural ceremony took place on March 29, 2016.The second ceremony took place on March 29, 2017.

The six honorees of the March 29, 2017 ceremony included:

Maura Healey, Massachusetts Attorney General. Attorney General Healey was sworn into office on January 21, 2015, pledging to lead the People’s Law Firm. Since taking office, Ms. Healey has tackled issues touching the lives of residents across Massachusetts, including the heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic, escalating health care costs, workers’ rights and student loan costs.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. The organization was founded on January 13, 1913 by 22 collegiate women on the campus of Howard University.

Rita Colucci, Chief of Staff and General Counsel at Framingham State University. An experienced labor attorney, Ms. Colucci segued into human resources management for a number of years before assuming her current role at Framingham State. In her more than 25 years working as an attorney, Ms. Colucci is most proud of her work in furthering welcoming and inclusive environments for all.

Dr. Sonia Diaz, Chief Academic Officer for Framingham Public Schools. In this role, Dr. Diaz oversees all matters having to do with curriculum and instruction; she supervises the departments of Bilingual Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Staff Development and Academic Supports, Community Resource Development, Health and Wellness, Special Education, and Family and Community Engagement.

Sylvia Ruiz, Senior Care Products Account Executive for Fallon Health and Vice Chair of the Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce (HACC). Ms. Ruiz specializes in helping seniors with limited financial resources access and pay for the medical care they need in order to maintain their health and independence.

Susan Nicholl, Executive Director of the MetroWest Visitors Bureau. Ms. Nicholl was the first executive director of the visitors bureau and brought a track record and affinity for connecting people and organizations to create collaborative projects that strengthen our communities.

The event was covered by Metrowest Daily News

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