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UW System to Recognize Outstanding Women at Awards Ceremony at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Feb. 15, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — The 11th Annual Outstanding Women of Color in Education Awards will be presented at a luncheon and awards ceremony to be held at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Saturday, March 4. The event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center.

This year the University of Wisconsin System recognizes 16 women from around the state for their extensive contributions to their campus and communities. The list of awardees includes former UW-Eau Claire communication and journalism faculty member Barbara Blackdeer-MacKenzie, who came to UW-Eau Claire in 2001 as a Knight Journalist in Residence.

The luncheon speaker will be performing artist and playwright Reanae McNeal, who will join in the recognition of the award recipients. McNeal is visiting the UW-Eau Claire campus to present her one-woman play "Don't Speak My Mother's Name in Vain" at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, in Schofield Auditorium.

The Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award Ceremony was initiated in 1994 to acknowledge the ties and shared concerns among administrators, faculty, staff, and students within women's studies and ethnic studies, and to uphold a continuing commitment to Plan 2008: Educational Quality through Racial and Ethnic Diversity.

To select award recipients, chancellors consult with their individual campus communities to identify a faculty, student, staff or community member who has worked in the areas of diversity or women' studies scholarship and activism and served to improve the status and climate for women, particularly women of color. The charge is to identify women of color 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.

The UW-Eau Claire Women's Studies Program joins the UW System Women's Studies Consortium and the Office of Academic Diversity and Development in co-sponsoring this UW System event.

To make a reservation to attend the luncheon and awards ceremony, please contact wscoffice@uwsa.edu or call (608) 262-2716, fax (608) 263-2046, or mail a check to Reservations, WSC, 1666 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, Wis., 53706. Tickets are $9. More information about the awards and speaker Reanae McNeal can be found online.

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