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Kimberly Barrett to Receive UW System
Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award

RELEASED: March 26, 2007

Dr. Kimberly Barrett
Dr. Kimberly Barrett

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Kimberly Barrett, associate vice chancellor for student development and diversity at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, is a recipient of the UW System's Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award.

Barrett and 15 other women of color from throughout Wisconsin will be honored for their contributions to their campuses and communities during an April 21 ceremony in Madison.

"I'm extremely honored to be recognized by my peers as having contributed in some meaningful way to addressing issues related to the intersection of race and gender on campus," Barrett said. "I am doubly honored to be part of the esteemed group of women from across the UW System who will be recognized this year. They are all phenomenal women."

As the chief student affairs officer for UW-Eau Claire, Barrett supervises a range of student support services and provides leadership for campus diversity efforts.

"Through her efforts on and off campus, Kimberly Barrett has created positive changes that help to improve the lives of women of color," said UW-Eau Claire interim Provost Steve Tallant. "It's satisfying to see those efforts recognized in this meaningful way."

In addition to her work on campus, Barrett has been involved with several UW System initiatives, including the advisory committees of the Liberal Arts/Liberal Education and Admissions. She was a member of the Inclusivity Initiative Advisory Board, which addresses issues that help ensure campuses welcome faculty, staff and students of all sexual orientations and gender identities. And she works with the WISCAMP and Mentor Net programs to increase the number of people from underrepresented groups who graduate in science, technology, math and engineering.

Barrett also has been a leader in the Chippewa Valley. She has served on the boards of directors for Habitat for Humanity and Rape Victim's Services, and was a member of the Eau Claire Human Rights Commission, the Options Fund and Fair Wisconsin. She was nominated to become a member of the Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership board.

Barrett, who came to UW-Eau Claire in 2003, has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Pfeiffer College, a master's degree in clinical psychology from Murray State University, and a Ph.D. in higher education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

The Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award program is organized and supported by the UW System Women's Studies Consortium and Office of Diversity and Development.

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