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2019-20 UW–Madison Outstanding Women of Color Awards Reception

March 5, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm CST


The annual UW–Madison Outstanding Women of Color Awards honor women of color who are deeply rooted in the campus and the Madison community through their work for social justice, service, research and community building.

The twelfth cohort of UW-Madison Outstanding Women of Color awardees will be honored at a reception on Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge of the Pyle Center, 716 Langdon Street. The celebration for this year’s honorees is open to the campus and community. To register for this year’s event, go to Outstanding Women of Color Reception.

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The seven honorees for 2019-20 are:

Desiree Bates headshot
Desiree Bates, Computational Chemistry Leader, Chemistry, College of Letters & Science
Shiva Bidar-Sielaff headshot
Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, UW Health Chief Diversity Officer, Madison District 5 City Alder
Gina Green-Harris
Gina Green-Harris, Director, Center for Community Engagement & Health Partnerships, School of Medicine & Public Health
Eden Inoway-Ronnie headshot
Eden Inoway-Ronnie, Chief of Staff, Office of the Provost
Laura Minero-Meza headshot
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 headshot
Ahna Skop, Professor, Genetics, College of Agricultural & Life Sciences
Jasmine Zapata headshot
Jasmine Zapata, Assistant Professor (CHS), Pediatrics, School of Medicine & Public Health and Centennial Scholar, UW Institute for Clinical & Translational Research.


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.

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.  More than 50 UW-Madison women of color have been honored in the past decade. Dozens more have been nominated for recognition by their campus and community colleagues and friends.

For a full list of past honorees, please go to: Outstanding Women of Color Honorees.

If you need an accommodation to attend this event, please email events@cdo.wisc.edu. All accommodation requests should be made no less than two weeks before the event. We will attempt to fulfill requests made after this date, but cannot guarantee they will be met.


March 5, 2020
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm CST
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Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement


Pyle Center
702 Langdon St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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