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Dr. Rose-Marie Avin to Receive UW System
Women of Color in Education Award

RELEASED: April 14, 2005

Dr. Rose-Marie AvinEAU CLAIRE — Dr. Rose-Marie Avin, professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will receive a UW System Women of Color in Education Award.

Each UW System campus was asked to select a woman to receive the recognition during the UW System's 29th Annual Women's Studies Conference April 15-16 in Madison.

A member of UW-Eau Claire's faculty since 1987, Avin has extensive teaching and research experience in Latin America and has been recognized for her distinguished contributions in the field as the recipient of the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Award in Brazil in 2000. She has received a second Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Award to India during the summer of 2005.

In addition to teaching, Avin is involved with the Wisconsin Coordinating Council on Nicaragua, a non-profit organization based in Madison that works together with Nicaraguan women to help empower poor women in Nicaragua. Since 1990, she has worked closely with Nicaraguan women activists and her work with them has formed the basis for her academic research.

Avin has presented her research at numerous conferences in the United States and abroad. Most recently she presented a paper entitled "Empowering Rural Women in Nicaragua: Experience of Women's Organizations on Land and Property Rights," at the 2004 Conference on Feminist Economics in Oxford, England, in August 2004. Her latest publication includes a forthcoming chapter "Engendering Development: Rhetoric versus Reality" in the Feminist Perspectives on Gender and the World Bank.

Avin is a member of the American Association of University Women, the Center for Latin America at UW-Milwaukee, the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, the International Association for Feminist Economists, the Midwest Economics Association and the North Central Council of Latin Americanists.

Avin earned her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland and her bachelor's degree at Baruch College, City University of New York.

More than 170 women have received the UW System Women of Color in Education Award since it was established in 1994.

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