Perez-Chavez honored with an Outstanding Women of Color Award

Jessica Perez-Chavez, a doctoral student in the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology, is among this year’s UW–Madison Outstanding Women of Color awardees.

Jessica Perez-Chavez

The awardees will be honored during a virtual reception on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The event will be open to the campus and community.

The UW–Madison Outstanding Women of Color Awards acknowledge and honor women of color among UW–Madison faculty, staff, students (undergraduate or post-baccalaureate) and in the Greater Madison community, who have made outstanding contributions in one or more of the following areas:

  • social justice, activism, and advocacy on behalf of disadvantaged, marginalized populations;
  • community service;
  • scholarly research, writing, speaking, and/or teaching on race, ethnicity, and indigeneity in U.S. society; and
  • community building on- or off-campus, to create an inclusive and respectful environment for all.

Stephanie Budge, an associate professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology, and Perez-Chavez’s advisor, said in her nomination letter that Perez-Chavez is “one of the brightest, most motivated, and incredible students who I have ever worked with. I can’t think of anyone who deserves this award more.”

“(She) is, by all metrics, an outstanding psychologist-in-training, educator, advocate, activist, researcher, and mentee, who has worked tirelessly to advocate for Latinx individuals,” continued Budge.

See the full list of this year’s honorees, here.