WSU announced its 15th class of distinguished women and held a virtual award ceremony April 15 to honor those recognized.

Michelle Lee, senior majoring in political science, was honored as the Undergraduate Student Woman of Distinction. Lee said she transferred to WSU in 2019 from a private university in Malaysia and plans on attending law school next year.

She founded a branch of the Student Legal Research Association at WSU. Lee said the association examined WSU police records to better address racial disparities in university campus arrests.

Lee said the receiving award was a total shock because she was not expecting to be nominated.

“I thought it was a joke,” she said, “like one of those spam emails. I was so surprised but so grateful.”

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