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Nathalie Crowley honored as UW-Superior 2013 Woman of Color Award winner

Posted on Oct 3, 2013
A current UW-Superior graduate student in sociology wins 2013 honor
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Nathalie Crowley honored Oct 2 as Woman of Color Award winner

Nathalie Crowley honored Oct 2 as Woman of Color Award winner

Nathalie Crowley graduated UW-Superior in December 2011. She was an active student during her undergraduate career and continues to be so as an alumna. As a student she was accepted into the McNair Scholars Program where she conducted her graduate level research project entitled, "Media Discourse of
Black Fathers in Contemporary U.S. Society: A Case Study" under the advisement of her Sociology associate professor Dr. Eri Fujieda. Nathalie would go on to present her research at the annual UW-System's American Multicultural Student Leadership Conference. She also served as the president of UW-Superior's Queer and Allied Student Union student organization, was the Diversity Director for the Student Government Association, and served as the co-chair of an LGBTQ support group at St. Cloud State University.

As an alumna, Nathalie has been a strong advocate for women of color, and was recently part of a UW-Superior educational student panel discussing how race and sexuality intersect. She has worked hard to improve the status and climate of women and underrepresented populations. Nathalie is currently employed at PAVSA as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program Coordinator and is the co-founder and facilitator of the Lake Superior Transgender Group. This group provides support, advocacy, and education to the transgendered population but also to their families. She has worked with organizations within our region to provide information on transgender health, equality, sexual assault, homelessness, access to education, discrimination and basic human rights.

Past honorees fromour campus include:

1994 - Gladyce Nahbenayash (faculty)

1995 - Gladyce Nahbenayash (faculty)

1996 - Jennifer Wiggins (student)

1997 - Nancy Merrill (instructor/staff)

1998 - Ivy Vainio (staff)/Hollace Teuber (student)/Sandra Wright (community member)

1999 - Karen Weiss (student)

2000 - Adele Bush (student)

2001 - Ivy Vainio (staff)

2002 - Marlene Hart (student)

2003 - Mary Lee Vance (staff)

2004 - Zoey Hurr (staff)

2005 - Stephanie Williams (student)

2006 - Nancy Kyle (staff)

2007 - Marsha Francis (staff)

2008 - Eri Fujieda (faculty)

2009 - Carol Stevens (community member)

2010 - Kym Young (student)

2011 - Gail Trombley (student)

The Woman of Color in Education Award is given annually to a woman who has worked in the areas of women's studies scholarship and activism, especially as they have served to improve the status and climate of women, particularly women of color,one who has advocated for women, particularly women of color, one who has consistently demonstrated their ability to rally diverse forces together to advance the agenda of women, particularly that of women of color, one who has created positive changes at our institutional level, ie. curriculum development and infusion, receiving grants, and mentoring women, and one who has demonstrated an understanding of the interplay of family and community and culture in the lives of women of color.

There will be a formal honoring celebration for all the UW-System campus's honorees during the 37th Annual UW-System's Women's Studies Conferernce and 8th Annual LGBTQ Conference at UW-Madison, October 18 - 20. For further information on these events and/or the award recognition of Nathalie Crowley please contact Daniela Mansbach, Assistant Professor of Political Science at 715-394-8459 or This link will open your email client for sending an

She was presented with the award and honored at UW-Superior on Oct 2. She will take part in a similar event in Madison later this month by the UW System.

Story by Ivy Vainio past two-time award winner for the Woman of Color Award.

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