Dr. Dandrielle Lewis, assistant professor of mathematics, is UW-Eau Claire’s recipient of the UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award, presented during the system’s Board of Regents meeting Oct. 9.
"Dr. Lewis is devoted to creating opportunities for girls, women and minorities to participate in STEM field activities, which is exemplified through her extensive participation in undergraduate research, mentoring and the annual Sonia Kovalevsky Day for middle school girls and their teachers," said Mary Canales, professor of nursing and former chair of UW-Eau Claire’s Commission on the Status of Women, which nominated Lewis for the award. "She is a strong advocate for women and minorities at the UW System level as well. We are thrilled to honor her for her leadership."
Lewis, who joined UW-Eau Claire’s faculty in 2011, has served since that time on the advisory board of the UW System Women and Science Program. The program’s mission is to attract and retain more women and minority students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by promoting systematic changes in the ways that science and science education are regarded and carried out within the UW System.
Since 2013, Lewis also has directed UW-Eau Claire's Sonia Kovalevsky Math Days for high school and middle school girls, a program to encourage girls to pursue higher education and careers in STEM through exposure to STEM opportunities, workshops and panels, and networking opportunities with prominent women who use STEM in their careers.
Lewis also serves as co-facilitator of an intercultural immersion program for UW-Eau Claire students called “Embracing the Somali Immigrant Experience in Midwestern Public Schools.” The program increases awareness and understanding on how race, background knowledge and experiences, culture, religion and gender impact school environments. She recently published an article in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society on increasing diversity and inclusion for women in STEM and has written a book chapter on the Somali immersion experience.
Lewis is a past recipient of the UW-Eau Claire Multicultural Affairs Office Distinguished Service Award for contributions to educational excellence and diversity. She has served as a panelist for the National Science Foundation and the UW System, is an active scholar in the field of mathematics, and has given presentations on her research locally and nationally.