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Gonzalez, Lee to receive Outstanding Women of Color recognition from UW-Madison

February 07, 2018

In a campus tradition dating back a decade, UW-Madison’s annual class of Outstanding Women of Color awardees will be recognized at a reception on Thursday, Feb. 22.

And among those being  honored this year are two faculty members with the School of Education, Taucia Gonzalez and Helen Lee.

Since 2007-08, more than 50 UW-Madison women of color have been honored by their nominators and colleagues.

“We will continue to honor these women who emerge from an extremely talented and incredible field of nominees,” said Patrick J. Sims, Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer.  “The Outstanding Women of Color Reception is among the most joyous annual traditions on campus, where we give accolades to women who would never ask for praise, or place any condition on their above and beyond service. Everyone should come and experience their wisdom, strength and tenacity, as well as to meet their incredible support systems.”

Taucia Gonzalez
Gonzalez is an assistant professor of special education with the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education. She is a tireless advocate for individuals from marginalized groups on the UW-Madison campus and beyond.

Gonzalez regularly teaches courses that promote inclusive spaces for individuals from marginalized groups and challenge students’ assumptions about disability, culture and power. Her research brings to light and attempts to rectify the longstanding educational inequities experienced by students from marginalized groups, focusing primarily on those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Further, she provides monthly cultural competence and social justice training for area teachers and serves as the faculty liaison for a collaboration between the School of Education and Madison Metropolitan School District that aims to diversify the teacher workforce.

Helen Lee
Lee is an assistant professor of glass with the Art Department. Since her arrival at UW-Madison in 2013, Lee has worked tirelessly both to create and exhibit her own artwork as well as to build an inclusive community in the Art Department and its Glass Laboratory.

Lee’s artwork in glass explores the “third place” experience of first-generation immigrant Americans as well as her own her identity as a bilingual Chinese American. With the help of her graduate students, she teaches a three-day summer glass workshop for the local chapter of Girls, Inc. which culminates in an exhibition of their work at the Goodman Community Center. Along with Professor Kristen Pickett in the Department of Kinesiology, Lee is also working to examine the value of glassblowing as a modality of therapy for people living with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders.

To learn about all of this year’s awardees, check out this news report.

This year’s Outstanding Women of Color reception runs from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Alumni Lounge of the Pyle Center, 716 Langdon St. The event is open to the campus and community. To register visit: Outstanding Women of Color Reception Class of 2017.

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