The Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award was created in 1994 to honor women of color from around the state for their leadership in making significant and lasting contributions to their campuses, their communities, or both.

Successful candidates are women of color whose contributions have advanced the work of diversity, equity, and Inclusive Excellence in the following ways:

  • Whose advocacy, activism, or scholarship has fostered social justice and organizational change;
  • Who have created positive transformation within their institutions and/or the community to achieve the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and
  • Whose efforts are improving the climate for, or status of, people of color.

The selection guidelines for the Outstanding Women of Color in Education Awards are:

  • The selection of honorees is entirely campus-based. Chancellors, in consultation with the Multicultural / Disadvantaged Coordinator, Chief Diversity Officer, Women’s Studies Administrator, Ethnic Studies Administrator, Affirmative Action Administrator, LGBTQ+ Coordinator, or campus contact for Inclusive Excellence will select one honoree.
  • Honorees may be drawn from the following groups: UW System faculty, staff, student, or community member.

2021 Award Recipients

Press Release

2022 Call for Nominations

Nomination Deadline: TBD

Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award Recipients

2021

Photo of 2021 Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award recipients with UW System staff: (from left) Anny Morrobel-Sosa, UW System; Angela Yang, UW-Platteville; Warren Anderson, UW System; Jamila Lee-Johnson, UW System; Brittany Ochoa-Nordstrum, UW-Milwaukee; Renita Robinson, Prevea Health (selected by UW-Green Bay); Elisabeth Arguello, UW Oshkosh; Winnifred Bryant, UW-Eau Claire; Salisa Hochstetler, UW-Superior; Doris Johnson Browne, UW-Milwaukee; Wei Zheng, UW-Stout; Ana Caballero Mengibar, UW-Whitewater; Monica Yang, UW-La Crosse; Giovanna Gutierrez, UW-Parkside; Natasha Rayne, UW-River Falls. Not pictured: Sami Schalk, UW-Madison; Kaia Fitzgerald, UW-Stevens Point. (Photo by Hedi Rudd)

2021 Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award Recipients with UW System Staff: (from left) Anny Morrobel-Sosa, UW System; Angela Yang, UW-Platteville; Warren Anderson, UW System; Jamila Lee-Johnson, UW System; Brittany Ochoa-Nordstrum, UW-Milwaukee; Renita Robinson, Prevea Health (selected by UW-Green Bay); Elisabeth Arguello, UW Oshkosh; Winnifred Bryant, UW-Eau Claire; Salisa Hochstetler, UW-Superior; Doris Johnson Browne, UW-Milwaukee; Wei Zheng, UW-Stout; Ana Caballero Mengibar, UW-Whitewater; Monica Yang, UW-La Crosse; Giovanna Gutierrez, UW-Parkside; Natasha Rayne, UW-River Falls. Not pictured: Sami Schalk, UW-Madison; Kaia Fitzgerald, UW-Stevens Point. (Photo by Hedi Rudd)


2021 honorees

  • Winnifred Bryant, Professor of Biology, Department Chair, UW-Eau Claire
  • Renita Robinson, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Prevea Health, selected by UW-Green Bay
  • Monica Yang, Outreach Program Manager I, Multicultural Student Services, UW-La Crosse
  • Sami Schalk, Associate Professor, Department of Gender & Women’s Studies, UW-Madison
  • Brittany Ochoa-Nordstrum, Graduate Teaching Assistant, UW-Milwaukee
  • Doris Johnson Browne, Counselor/Therapist, UW-Milwaukee
  • Elisabeth Arguello, PreCollege Programs Coordinator, UW Oshkosh
  • Giovanna Gutierrez, Outreach Program Manager and Assistant to the Dean, UW-Parkside
  • Angela Yang, Interim Assistant Director, TRIO Student Support Services, UW-Platteville
  • Natasha Rayne, Assistant Professor, Plant and Earth Science, UW-River Falls
  • Kaia Fitzgerald, Student, UW-Stevens Point
  • Wei Zheng, Professor and Program Director, Plastics Engineering Program, UW-Stout
  • Salisa Hochstetler, Assistant Director for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, UW-Superior
  • Ana Caballero Mengibar, Associate Director, Undergraduate Research Program, UW-Whitewater

Awards Ceremony Program

Biographies of each recipient are available in the awards ceremony program.