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Woman of Color Nominations

Posted on Nov 30, 2011
Nominations will be accepted until February 17, 2012.
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Woman of Color Nominations

© 2011 Ivy Vainio

The Chancellor and the Women of Color in Education Committee invite your nominations for the University of Wisconsin-Superior's 2011-12 Outstanding Woman of Color in Education Award. Nominees may be faculty, academic staff, classified staff, students, or active community members.

One woman of color will be selected by our campus and honored at our awards ceremony in March. Her accomplishments will also be celebrated, along with those of other honorees from all of the UW-System campuses at the statewide awards ceremony in fall 2012.

Nominations must be emailed to mhwang1@uwsuper.edu as soon as possible. Include a nominating statement that summarizes the nominee's accomplishments. Be sure to address how these accomplishments meet one or more of the selection criteria below. Also state whether the nominee is a faculty or staff member, a student, or an active community member.

Selection Criteria:

Women of color who have worked in the areas of women's studies scholarship and activism, especially as they have served to improve the status and climate for women, particularly women of color.

Women of color who have advocated for women, particularly women of color.

Women of color who have consistently demonstrated their ability to rally diverse forces together to advance the agenda of women, particularly that of women of color.

Women of color who have created positive changes at your institutional level, i.e., curriculum development and infusion, receiving grants, and mentoring women.

Women of color who have demonstrated an understanding of the interplay of family and community and culture in the lives of women of color.

We appreciate your participation and look forward to celebrating with you and our honoree in March!


2010-11 Kym Young (Graduate Student) Woman of Color in Education Honorée:

Kym Young, campus leader, community activist, diversity representative, and graduate student in the Visual Arts Department, was last year's Woman of Color in Education honorée from UW-Superior. One of Ms. Young's major accomplishments on campus was leading the transformation of the struggling Black Student Union into a flourishing, inclusive, and active student organization that provides student mentoring, recruitment, and necessary cultural and diversity programming for the whole campus. As an undergraduate, Ms. Young completed a McNair Scholars Program research project on "Matriarchal Heritages in Women's Pottery: An Examination of Similarities in West African and Native American Women's Pottery Traditions." She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Art History from UW-Superior in 2003 with Magna Cum Laude honors and her Master of Arts degree in 2011. She regularly helps UW-Superior recruit prospective students by mentoring for the African American College Student for a Day Program. In the community, she has worked for five years as an employee and a volunteer advocate for Safe Haven Shelter in Duluth and the North Central Windows Project. Recently, she was the featured artist in an exhibition in Superior that included work from survivors of domestic abuse. Ms. Young is employed as a Program Coordinator with the Five Points mentoring program, part of the Mentor Duluth organization. A mother and grandmother herself, she embodies Inclusive Excellence as she mentors and advocates for youth and their families and for domestic violence survivors, both on campus and elsewhere in the Twin Ports of Superior and Duluth.

Additional - Past honorees from our 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)

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