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School of Education's Ventura to receive a UW-Madison Outstanding Women of Color award

March 05, 2017

The School of Education's Julissa Ventura was one of six winners of the 2016 University of Wisconsin–Madison Outstanding Women of Color awards.

Julissa Ventura
Julissa Ventura (right), a Ph.D. candidate with the School of
Education's Department of Educational Policy Studies, has
been instrumental in helping foster mutually beneficial
relationships between South Madison and the university.
Ventura is a Ph.D. candidate ​with the Department of Educational Policy Studies, and a Fellow of the Morgridge Center for Public Service Community-University Exchange-South Madison.

The other five honorees are:

Fabu Phillis Carter, poet, scholar, teaching artist, and outreach specialist, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center of the School of Medicine & Public Health;

Joan Fujimura, professor in the Department of Sociology and Holtz Center for Research on Science and Technology;

Binnu Palta Hill, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Wisconsin School of Business;

Sagashus Levingston, Tutor/mentor with the Odyssey Project, Co-teacher in the Odyssey Junior Program, and Founder of the “Infamous Mothers” Project; and

Denise Thomas, coordinator of Title VII American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), Madison Metropolitan School District.

The winners will be honored at the annual celebratory reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, at the Edgewater Hotel.  The event is free to the campus and community, but registration is requested.

In 2007, UW–Madison launched an annual program of awards to women of color for outstanding service in higher education, said Ruby Paredes, associate vice provost in the Office of the Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer. The university has a multitude of accomplished women of color, Paredes said, and the celebration recognizes their exemplary work as well as how these individuals embody the university’s commitment to community outreach, especially in diversity.

“The growing campus-wide awareness of the annual honor focusing on women and their achievements continues to be very gratifying,” Paredes added. “As I’ve stated in the past, we are not honoring these women simply for being women of color.  These are women in higher education and the community, who deserve to be recognized for their outstanding work, tremendous leadership, and personal contributions to our society. That’s the purpose of the award.”

As is the celebration’s tradition, a 2015 honoree will serve as Mistress of Ceremony for this year’s event. Earlise Ward, associate professor in the School of Nursing, faculty at the Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI), Institute for Clinical and Transitional Research, School of Medicine & Public Health, who was honored last year by both the Madison campus and UW-System, will lead this year’s event.


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