CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2020 UW–Madison Outstanding Women of Color Awards

Seven Outstanding Women of Color awardees pose for a group photo

DUE DATE – Monday, September 14, 2020

(A comprehensive list of Past Honorees is below)

The UW–Madison Outstanding Women of Color Awards acknowledge and honor women of color among UW-Madison faculty, staff, students (undergraduate or post-baccalaureate) and in the Greater Madison community, who have made outstanding contributions in one or more of the following areas:

  • social justice, activism and advocacy on behalf of disadvantaged, marginalized populations;
  • community service;
  • scholarly research, writing, speaking and/or teaching on race, ethnicity and indigeneity in U.S. society; and
  • community building on- or off-campus, to create an inclusive and respectful environment for all.

Nominations must include the following:

  1. A letter of nomination (2-3 pages max)
  2. Two additional letters of support from the nominee’s colleagues (student, staff, faculty and/or community member) (2 -3 pages each)
  3. The nominee’s updated curriculum vitae
  4. A recent photo of the nominee, if available.

Please submit the online nomination form and upload materials at OWoCNomination2020 or at go.wisc.edu/s5v6e7 by Monday, September 14, 2020. If you have questions, please contact us at owoc.nomination@cdo.wisc.edu.

A selection committee comprising of students, faculty and staff will review nominations for the awards.

UW–Madison’s Outstanding Women of Color for 2020 will be announced at the annual Diversity Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. A campuswide reception in their honor will be held in the spring semester on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, hosted by the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer.

Honors List of UW–Madison Outstanding Women of Color

2019:

Desiree Bates, Computational Chemistry Leader, Chemistry, College of Letters & Science

Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, UW Health Chief Diversity Officer, Madison District 5 City Alder

Gina Green-Harris, Director, Center for Community Engagement & Health Partnerships, School of Medicine & Public Health

Eden Inoway-Ronnie, Chief of Staff, UW-Madison Office of the Provost

Laura Minero-Meza, Doctoral Student, Counseling Psychology, School of Education and 2019-2020 Internship at Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior, UC-Los Angeles

Ahna Skop, Professor, Genetics, College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Jasmine Zapata, Assistant Professor (CHS), Pediatrics, School of Medicine & Public Health and Centennial Scholar, UW Institute for Clinical & Translational Research. 

2018:

Bianca Baldridge, Assistant Professor, Educational Policy Studies, School of Education

Mariela Victoria Quesada Centeno, Graduate Student, Human Development & Family Studies, School of Human Ecology; Director, Wellness Program, Centro Hispano

Jennifer Young Choe Edgoose, Associate Professor (CHS), Family Medicine & Community Health, School of Medicine & Public Health

Melissa Metoxen, Academic Support Coordinator for the Native American Center for Health Professions, School of Medicine and Public Health

Cherene Sherrard Johnson, Professor of English, College of Letters and Science

2017:

Christy Clark-Pujara, Associate Professor of History, Department of Afro-American Studies.

Taucia Gonzalez, Assistant Professor of Special Education, Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education

Beverly Hutcherson, Outreach and Communications Manager, Diversity and Inclusion and Career Pathways Coordinator at the School of Medicine and Public Health

Helen Lee, Assistant Professor of Glass, Department of Art

Barbara Nichols, Former Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing

Brianna Young, current senior, UW-Madison School of Nursing

2016:

 Fabu Phillis Carter, Poet, Scholar, Teaching Artist, and Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

Joan Fujimura, Professor, Department of Sociology; Holtz Center for Research on Science and Technology, UW-Madison

Binnu Palta Hill, Assistant Dean and Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Wisconsin School of Business

Sagashus Levingston, Tutor, Mentor, Volunteer Teacher, Lead Instructor, The Odyssey Project

Denise Thomas, Coordinator of Title VII American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), Madison Metropolitan School District; Financial Specialist for the WiscAMP Program in the College of Engineering

Julissa Ventura, Fellow of the Morgridge Center for Public Service Community-University Exchange-South Madison, and PhD Candidate in Educational Policy Studies

2015:

M Adams, Co-Executive Director of Freedom, Inc., UW-Madison Alumna

Joselyn Diaz-Valdes, Senior Advisor, Office of Student Financial Aid

Heather Johnson, Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine in the School of Medicine and Public Health

Lori Kido Lopez, Assistant Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, Department of Communication Arts, College of Letters & Science

Esmeralda Rodriguez, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, School of Education

Emilie Songolo, Senior Academic Librarian, Memorial Library, General Library System

Earlise Ward, Associate Professor, School of Nursing; also Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI) in the School of Medicine and Public Health’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

2014:

Angela Byars-Winston, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine & Public Health

Ruttanatip (Dang) Chonwerawong, Assistant Dean, Student Diversity Programs, School of Education

Marla Delgado-Guerrero, PhD Candidate, Department of Counseling Psychology, School of Education

Shawnika Hull, Assistant Professor, School of Journalism & Mass Communication; Center for Demography & Ecology, Department of Population Health Sciences

Carla Pugh, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, School of Medicine & Public Health

Michelle Robinson, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, College of Letters & Science

Lillian Tong, Faculty Associate, Center for Biology Education; Director of the University Educators Programs and Services; Director of Faculty/Staff Programs

Eva Vivian, Associate Professor (CHS), School of Pharmacy

 2013:

Desiree Alva, Assistant Director, Diversity Affairs Office, College of Engineering

Wilma Callaway, Assistant Director and Mentor Program Director, Center for Educational Opportunity

Karma Chávez, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts & Chican@ and Latin@ Studies

Roberta Hill, Professor of English & American Indian Studies, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Li Chiao-Ping, Professor of Dance & Chair, Dance Department

Saemyi Park, PhD in Political Science

Carmen Valdez, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology

2012:

Jacquelynn Dawn Arbuckle, Staff General Surgeon and Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, School of Medicine & Public Health

Tonya Lynn Brito; Professor of Law, Law School

Dawn Bryant Crim, Associate Dean for External Relations, School of Education

Rohany Nayan, Ph.D., and Senior Fellow, The Lubar Institute for the Study of Abrahamic Religions

2010-11:

Leslie Bow, Professor of English and Asian American Studies, Department of English & Asian American Studies Program, College of Letters & Science

Erica Laughlin, Director, Information Technology Academy (ITA), Division of Information Technology

Cynthia Lin, Social Justice Education Specialist, Multicultural Student Center, Division of Student Life

Ana Martinez-Donate, Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences, School of Medicine & Public Health

Nancy Marie Mithlo, Assistant (now Associate) Professor of Art History and American Indian Studies, Department of Art History & American Indian Studies Program, College of Letters & Science

Manuela Romero, Assistant Dean for Student Diversity and Academic Services, College of Engineering

2009-10:

Araceli Alonso, Faculty Associate & Lecturer, College of Letters & Science and School of Medicine & Public Health

Emuye Asfaw, Administrative Officer, Office of Human Resources

Diane Gooding, Professor of Psychology, College of Letters & Science; Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine & Public Health

Patty Loew, Associate Professor (now Professor), Life Sciences Communication, College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Sandra Magaña, Associate Professor (now Professor) of Social Work and Director, Latino/Latina Chicano/Chicana Studies Program

Idella Yamben, PhD Candidate, Cellular & Molecular Biology, and Research Assistant in Anatomy, School of Medicine & Public Health

2008-09:

Peggy Choy, Lecturer & Sr. Outreach Specialist, Dance & Southeast Asian Studies; now Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Dance 

Le Ondra Clark, PhD candidate, Department of Counseling Psychology

Sheri Williams Pannell, MFA candidate, Department of Theatre and Drama 

May Lee Moua-Vue, Student Services Coordinator, International Student Services

Janice Rice, Senior Academic Librarian, Library System

2007- 08:

 Jacqueline DeWalt, Director of PEOPLE (Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence)

 Laura Klunder, Residence Hall Manager, Kronshage Hall-Holt Commons; in 2008 appointed Assistant Director of Campus Programs for Leadership and Social Justice at Macalester College, Minneapolis MN

 Susana Lastarria-Cornhiel, Senior Scientist, Urban and Regional Planning, College of Letters and Science & College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

 Mary Layoun, Professor of Comparative Literature, College of Letters and Science

 Norma Saldivar, Professor of Theatre and Drama, also Chican@ and Latin@ Studies

 Patricia A. Tellez-Girón, Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health

 

UW-Madison Recipients of the UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award*

2018: Christy Clark-Pujara, Associate Professor of History, Department of Afro-American Studies.

UW System Award suspended 2016-2017

2015:  Earlise Ward, Associate Professor, School of Nursing; also Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI) in the School of Medicine and Public Health’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Research; and Heather Johnson, Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine in the School of Medicine and Public Health

2014:  Lillian Tong, Faculty Associate, Center for Biology Education; Director of the University Educators Programs and Services; Director of Faculty/Staff Programs; and Shawnika Hull, Assistant Professor, School of Journalism & Mass Communication; Center for Demography & Ecology, Department of Population Health Sciences

2013:  Carmen Valdez, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology, School of Education; and Roberta Hill, Professor of English & American Indian Studies, College of Letters & Science, and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

2012:  Tonya Lynn Brito, Professor of Law, Law School; and Jacquelynn Dawn Arbuckle, Staff General Surgeon and Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, School of Medicine & Public Health

2010:  Leslie Bow, Professor of English & Asian American Studies; and Ana Martinez-Donate, Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences

2009:  Patty Loew, Professor, Life Science Communication, College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

2008:  Janice Rice, Senior Academic Librarian in College Library

2007:  Linda Greene, Evjue Bascom Professor of Law, Law School

2006:  Alberta Gloria, Professor of Counseling Psychology, School of Education

2005:  Gloria Ladson-Billings, Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education and Professor of Curriculum & Instruction, School of Education

2004:  Linda Denise Oakley, Professor, School of Nursing & Joann Pritchett, Director of Diversity, School of Pharmacy

2003:  Hazel Symonette, Senior Policy Planning Analyst

2002:  Seema Kapani, Director of Diversity Programs & Learning Communities

2001:  Ada Deer, Senior Lecturer in Social Work

2000:  Gloria Hawkins, Assistant Dean, School of Medicine & Public Health

1999:  Amy Ling, Professor & Director, Asian American Studies

1998:  Lucille Badger, Community Leader; Stanlie James, Professor, Afro-American Studies Department, and Nancy Rodriguez, Student

1997:  Linda Stitt, Program Director, Wisconsin Union

1996:  Nellie McKay, Professor, Afro-American Studies Department

1995:  Mercile Lee, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs