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Women's Museum of California

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16th Annual San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception

16th Annual San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception

Five San Diego women will be honored at the 16th Annual Women's Hall of Fame in March of 2017.  Nominations are currently being accepted at the Women's Museum by mail or email.    

Karen Vigneault

Karen Vigneault

Karen Vigneault
2008
Cultural Competent Bridge Builder

Karen Vigneault is a Kumeyaay twin-spirit (lesbian). She educates U.S. and Mexican Indigenous peoples about their authentic traditions and the extraordinary, respected, historic role twin-spirit people have held in Indigenous societies. As a child, she was refused attendance at public schools, since she did not fit into the white/black categories of segregation. Eventually a Catholic school admitted her. As a result, she became passionate about rediscovering traditional Kumeyaay practices. Vigneault raises awareness both within the Kumeyaay Nation and among other Indigenous peoples and has received honors and awards for her work.

She works with the Peace and Dignity Project at an Indigenous children’s shelter in Tecate, Mexico, cultivating Kumeyaay traditions, language, and culture while protecting children from the hardships of orphanages. First in her family to earn a degree, this month she received her Library and Information Sciences M.A. As a member of the American Indian Library Association, she raises awareness among peers about Indigenous literature and strives to increase the number of accurate texts offered in libraries.

Karen Vigneault, San Diego Women's Hall of Fame, 2008