Photo of 2019 recipients of Outstanding Women of Color Award

(from left) Sheronda Glass, UW-Parkside; Heather Ann Moody, UW-Eau Claire; Joan Prince, UW-Milwaukee; Veronica Warren, UW-Oshkosh; Catherine Nasara, UW-River Falls; Glendalí Rodríguez, UW-Stout; Katrina Werchouski, UW-Superior; Dong Isbister, UW-Platteville; Artanya Wesley, UW-Whitewater; Taviare Hawkins, UW-La Crosse; Courtney Taylor, UW-Stevens Point. Not pictured: Cristina Ortiz, UW-Green Bay; Mariela Quesada Centeno, UW-Madison. (Photo by Brian Ebner, Optic Nerve LLC)

MADISON, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin System has announced the 13 recipients of the 2019 Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award, an annual honor given to faculty, staff, students, or community members to recognize their achievements in advancing equity and inclusion for people of color within the UW System as well as communities across the state.

This year is the 24th anniversary of the award through which 388 women of color have been recognized for their transformational work.

“The UW System is proud to recognize the outstanding work of this year’s award recipients,” said UW System President Ray Cross. “Their leadership, scholarship, and outreach activities across a diverse range of academic programs and educational services are inspiring our students and enriching our campus communities.”

Recipients will be formally recognized on November 7, 2019, in Madison at an awards ceremony and reception which will be held in conjunction with UW System’s presentation of the Dr. P.B. Poorman Awards for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ+ People.

The 2019 Outstanding Women of Color in Education honorees are:

  • Heather Ann Moody, Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies, UW-Eau Claire
  • Cristina Ortiz, Professor of Spanish, UW-Green Bay
  • Taviare L. Hawkins, Professor, Department of Physics, UW-La Crosse
  • Mariela Victoria Quesada Centeno, Graduate Student, Human Development and Family Studies, School of Human Ecology, UW-Madison
  • Joan M. Prince, Vice Chancellor for Global Inclusion and Engagement, UW-Milwaukee
  • Veronica Warren, Associate Director, Counseling Center, UW-Oshkosh
  • Sheronda Glass, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Human Resources and Employee Engagement, UW-Parkside
  • Dong Isbister, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for Women’s and Gender Studies Program, UW-Platteville
  • Catherine Nasara, Professor of English, UW-River Falls
  • Courtney Taylor, Former Multicultural Resource Center Coordinator, UW-Stevens Point
  • Glendalí Rodríguez, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, UW-Stout
  • Katrina M. Werchouski, Assistant Director for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, UW-Superior
  • Artanya Wesley, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, UW-Whitewater

UW institutions submit nominations for the award, which highlight each recipient’s contributions to improving the status and climate for women and people of color and to advancing the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

For more information about the award and past recipients, see

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