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Wagganer Wins 30 Leaders in Their Thirties Leadership Award

September 30, 2013

Annie Wagganer  
Annie Wagganer

Annie Wagganer, sociology instructor at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, recently received a 30 Leaders in Their Thirties Leadership Award from North County Incorporated for her significant contribution to North County.

Wagganer, along with 29 up-and-coming professionals and volunteers, were recognized at the NCI Salutes 30 Leaders in Their Thirties reception at Norwood Hills Country Club.

Wagganer is a sociology enthusiast who teaches introductory courses as well as classes on the topics of beauty and appearance norms, race and ethnicity, and contemporary social problems. Her current focus is on creating academic spaces for safely discussing issues of privilege and oppression.

Faculty co-adviser for the campus Social Justice Club, Wagganer is professionally and personally invested in contributing to social solutions addressing human trafficking, as well as racial, gender and class inequities.

Wagganer serves on the Florissant Valley Sustainability and Service Learning committees, as well as the Institute for Interdisciplinary and Global Studies board, and volunteers on a curriculum development committee for a local organization that provides holistic care for young survivors of sexual exploitation.

Wagganer received her bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University and her master’s degree from the University of South Florida. Her research has focused primarily on appearance management, including investigating the concept of beauty among a community of Amish women and the unique intersection of illness and feminine beauty standards while undergoing medical treatments related to cancer diagnoses.

Wagganer's work background, prior to joining STLCC, includes advocacy for sexual assault survivors, and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention efforts.