This is a UW System award recognizing outstanding service to campus and community. The selection process for the award is campus based. Chancellors consult with their campus community to identify a faculty, student, staff or community member who has worked in one or more of the following areas of diversity or women’ studies scholarship and activism, and served to improve the status and climate for women, particularly women of color. Each of the recipients are individuals who have consistently demonstrated their ability to rally diverse forces together to advance the agenda of women; who have created positive changes at their institutional level, i.e., curriculum development and infusion, receiving grants, mentoring women; and who have demonstrated an understanding of the interplay of family and community and culture in the lives of women of color.

You can view all of these recipients organized by UW Institution, as well as all past recipients listed from 1995 – 2014, here at the UW Women’s Studies Consortium.


Congratulations to the 2015 Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award Recipients!

Recipients of 2015 Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award

(from left) Back row: Dandrielle Lewis, UW-Eau Claire; Michelle Lopez-Rios, UW-Milwaukee; Heather Johnson, UW-Madison; Yunmei Reeder, UW-Platteville; Sylvia Carey-Butler, UW-Oshkosh; Idella Yamben, UW-Extension; Renée Gralewicz, UW-Fox Valley; Doris Strehlau, UW-Stout; Crystal Chevalier, UW-Extension Front row: Adrienne Viramontes, UW-Parkside; Mai Lo Lee, 2009 UW-Green Bay recipient; Ozalle Toms, UW-Whitewater; Hli Vang, UW-River Falls; Xia Vang, UW-La Crosse; Caitlin Lee, 2010 UW-Eau Claire recipient; Ka Lia Smith, UW-Stevens Point; Simonita Perales Simkins, UW-Superior Not pictured: Juliet Cole, UW-Green Bay; Earlise Ward, UW-Madison (Photo by Joe Koshollek)

 On October 9, 2015, the UW System honored the recipients of the 20th Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award.  View the 2015 Women of Color and P.B. Poorman Awards Program pdf to read full bios of each recipient.