Announcement for Dr. PB Poorman Award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2013 Dr. PB Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ People. The UW System wishes to publicly recognize the distinguished and consistent achievements in service of LGBTQ people within the UW System.

The award will be presented as part of the joint UW System LGBTG Conference/Wisconsin Women’s Studies Conference, October 18-19, 2013 at UW-Madison.

Nomination Materials

Nomination materials should address the following criteria:

Outstanding achievement as evidenced by performance that consistently and substantially has resulted in important and significant contributions to the LGBTQ communities within the UW System. These contributions must be above and beyond the assigned duties of the nominee’s role. The recipient may not have previously received the award or be an acting member of the award committee.

The recipient will have:

  1. significantly furthered the mission, vision and goals of the Inclusivity Initiative for LGBTQ People; and/or
  2. performed at a high level resulting in distinction in one’s profession campus-wide, system-wide, statewide, nationally, or internationally for research, teaching or service regarding LGBTQ issues; and/or
  3. published, presented, consulted, advocated, or used creative approaches to address LGBTQ issues within the classroom or in service to students.

Nomination materials should include:

  • Letter of Nomination – A letter of nomination addressing one or more of the criteria listed above. Nominations may be made by one-self or others.
  • Statement by the Nominee – A statement by the nominee on his or her professional contributions and service regarding LGBTQ people or issues (2-page limit).
  • Letter of Support – Up to three letters of support (in addition to the Letter of Nomination) from colleagues or students qualified to comment on the nominee’s work. Where possible, the applicable nomination criteria from above should be addressed.
  • Resume or CV – A current version that documents the nominee’s work in this area.

Please forward nomination materials to Elizabeth Ogunsola, Office of Affirmative Action & Diversity, Hyer Hall 339,, electronically by 4 p.m., Monday, April 15, 2013.

More information here PB Poorman Outstanding Achievement Award


University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Diversity Networking Program

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Diversity Advocates, what do they do?

Do you want to learn more about diversity? Did you know we have advocates on our campus to help?  They are Diversity Advocates, and are students just like you!

 The Diversity Advocate Program is designed to enhance the lives of students at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. But what are exactly the Diversity Advocates?  The Diversity Advocates Program is a group of UW-Whitewater students recruited and trained by the office of Residence Life in leadership skills, group dynamics, needs assessments and program facilitation.

 Kari Jo Freudigmann, senior graphic design major, attended to one of the DA programs called Safe Zone. Being trained by other DAs, she found her interest to teach in the program as well and educate people about diversity. Now Kari Jo is part of the Diversity Advocate Program. She is the Community Development Intern for Residence Life and previously she was a DA for two years. Currently, Kari Jo oversees the nine Diversity Advocates by mentoring and advising them.

 The program is designed to raise awareness and to promote understanding and appreciation of the diversity of our community. DAs create a proper environment for discussion and dialogue among students and peers. As DAs, students are trained to provide correct information to allow students to think about issues related to difference and diversity. Kari Jo says from her own experience that facilitating these programs is just the tip of the iceberg for a DA, “these programs are not a lecture by any mean; the DA does not go and say this is what I think you should think. It is very much a dialogue where the DA helps the communication to happen.” Once the dialogue on topics such as disability or ethnicity starts, it is important to bring it outside of the program to residence halls and campus in general among students and peers. As Kari Jo asserts, talking about diversity goes beyond ethnicity or sexual orientation. There is so much more: religious belief, body size, traditional or non-traditional students, age, etc. All of these are factors that make us different or relate us to each other.

 The DA creates a “safer space” for students to talk about topics that might not want to talk to higher education professionals or speakers but to want discuss these topics with students like them. She says that it is always a surprise facilitating one of the programs. For example, there are activities that put into physical space the differences that exist among students that makes it more visible how diverse your peers are.

 The Diversity Program continues its work. Recently, DA programs are being requested for New Students Seminars where freshman students are getting a touch of the dialogue that DA programs pursuits to achieve. Residence Halls keep programs available through the semester as well. The program has received positive comments and feedback from students after attending to one of the presentations offered:

  • Diversity 010,
  • Relax. We’re All the Same INSIDE!,
  • Disability,
  • That’s so GAY, and that’s OK!,
  • He Said, She Said, WE SAID!,
  • Safe Zone I and II.

 Through Diversity Advocate Programs and other programs available on campus, it is evident that a high [positive] impact on diversity, acceptance and respect for differences is on the way. Kari Jo states how opportunities are everywhere on our campus for anyone who wants a better understanding of their peers. UW-Whitewater is doing a great job providing resources for its students. Kari Jo, herself, is involved in several student organizations on campus such as Native American Cultural Awareness Association (NACAA), Peace, Education and Activism through Creative Engagement (PEACE), Disability Advocacy and Awareness Coalition, IMPACT, among others. Upon graduation, Kari Jo has big plans to continue her education in higher administration or student affairs that will keep her on track with her projects on leadership and education.

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Turn it into something positive.

As guests walked into the Hamilton Room for the Diversity Lunch yesterday, their faces said it all.

Some had arrived early, and were watching Jamie Brace practice on stage. Others stood in the back of the room, watching from afar. It didn’t matter where guests stood in that room, they were literally moved by her music. Some were swaying and didn’t even know it.

Brace had been invited by UW-W Dining Services to come and talk about her Native American heritage, her experiences with domestic violence and share some of her original music. UW-W Dining Services’ Marketing Director, Ann Wick, was glad that Brace could share her passion with guests,

“People are more than one dimensional, and ultimately that’s what we want people to come away with when they attend an event like this.”  

Not only were guests moved by her music, they were speechless after Brace spoke about her experiences with domestic violence.

 “Yeah, I’ve gone through some dark times, but everyone has. Turn it into something positive.”

Brace talked about certain things in her life that she had to let happen, music being one of them,

“All of us have a passion deep down inside of us. Go for it! It’s the most amazing thing you will ever experience.”

UW-W Dining Services invited Brace to come and share her heritage to honor and celebrate Native American Heritage Awareness Month.

Brace is a Native American from the Lac Courte Oreilles band of the Ojibwe Tribe was born in Milwaukee and currently resides in Grafton, WI. She is the proud recipient of the Shepherd Express 2007 Best Female Vocalist Award and was honored to have been nominated for the 2010 WAMI Best Female Vocalist. She is the lead vocalist in the band, October Soul.