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Dr. Asha Sen Receives
Women of Color Award
MAILED: Oct. 29, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire associate professor of English will receive a 2002 Women of Color Award from the UW System in November.
Dr. Asha Sen will be among those honored Nov. 2 in Madison as part of the 8th annual Women of Color Awards Event at the UW System’s annual Women’s Studies Conference.
“The UW System recognizes your contributions to UW-Eau Claire, your community, and in particular, women of color,” Helen Klebesadel, director of the UW System Women’s Studies Consortium, stated in a letter to Sen. “You are an exemplar of commitment to educational excellence through diversity.”
Sen, who joined UW-Eau Claire’s English faculty in 1996, teaches classes in “third-world” women’s literature, postcolonial literature, world literature, 20th century British literature and composition.
Sen uses her teaching and scholarship as a means to help create a more equitable climate for cultural diversity on campus, Provost Ronald Satz said in his nomination of Sen for the award. Satz noted Sen has created several significant courses that focus on women, including “Introduction to World Literatures: Women Writers of the Indian Subcontinent,” a globalized version of “Images of Women in Contemporary Literature” and an interdisciplinary Honors course on “Postcolonial Representations of Women.”
“Despite the inherent challenge of postcolonial studies, which requires students to learn historical and cultural perspectives that radically critique their own basic assumptions, Dr. Sen’s courses thrive, and students frequently leave her classes with an independent interest in educating others about the complex intersections among gender, race and nationality,” Satz said.
UW-Eau Claire faculty gain as much from Sen’s work as the students, Satz said, citing her work on the Women’s Studies and English curriculum committees.
Sen is currently faculty adviser to the Multicultural College Women’s Association, which is dedicated to the success of minority women in higher education.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: October 29, 2002