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Deanna Dennis Honored For
Contributions to Diversity
MAILED: Oct. 21, 1999|
Deanna Dennis, a senior English major at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, is among the 21 women of color in Wisconsin higher education to be honored for their contributions to diversity.
Dennis, Appleton, will be recognized for her diversity efforts during the annual Women of Color Ceremony and Reception Oct. 22 at UW-Platteville.
The ceremony and reception, to be held in conjunction with the 24th annual Women's Studies Conference and the 15th annual Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, is sponsored by the UW System Office of Multicultural Affairs, the UW System Women's Studies Consortium and UW-Platteville.
"These women and their predecessors have made outstanding contributions to their local campus, surrounding community and higher education in the state of Wisconsin as a whole, said Jacqueline Ross, former director of the Women's Studies Consortium. "We are fortunate to have such extraordinary women of color amongst our colleagues."
Dennis is a student in the pre-law program at UW-Eau Claire and is vice president of the UW-Eau Claire Pre-Law Organization. She is a volunteer at Eau Claire's Bolton Refuge House, a shelter for victims of domestic abuse. In her role as an UW-Eau Claire Ambassador, Dennis has assisted women of color in the admissions process and in their acclimation to the university community. She has served as a surrogate sister and advocate to young women of color during the transitional years from high school to university life. In the next year, Dennis also will coach a young women's soccer team.
"Her actions demonstrate a commitment to advancing the presence of women, and specifically women of color, within a majority culture," the selection committee said of Dennis.
One woman of color from each UW System institution and member institutions of the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies will be recognized during the event for her outstanding achievements and the contributions she has made to the university community and in particular, to diversity. Ross and Carol Sue Butts, provost at UW-Platteville, will present the awards.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 21, 1999