CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: UW-Madison’s Outstanding Women of Color Awards 2018


UW-Madison’s Outstanding Women of Color Awards 2018

DUE DATE – Friday, September 21, 2018

In 2007, UW-Madison launched an annual program of awards to women of color for outstanding service in higher education following in the footsteps of the UW System, which began their program of celebrating such women in 1994. UW-Madison continues to honor women of color doing extraordinary work on campus and in the larger Madison community.

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.

How to nominate:

Prepare a nomination packet to include the following:

  1. A Letter of Nomination
  2. Two additional letters of support from the Nominee’s colleagues (student, staff, faculty and/or community member)
  3. The Nominee’s updated curriculum vitae
  4. A recent photo of the nominee


Please submit the online nomination packet to 2018OWOCNomination in electronic format by Friday, September 21, 2018.  If you have questions, please contact us at

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

UW-Madison’s Outstanding Women of Color for 2018 will be announced at the annual Diversity Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018.  A campus-wide reception in their honor will be held in the spring semester on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, hosted by the Office of the Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer.


Honors List of UW-Madison Outstanding Women of Color


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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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