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Brady Named 2003 UW-RF Woman of Color

Carloyn Brady, UW-River Falls multicultural outreach specialist in the admissions department, has been named the 2003 Woman of Color for her contributions to the campus and the community.

Brady will be recognized at the 9th Annual Women of Color Award Ceremony, to be held in conjunction with the UW-System Women's Studies Consortium Annual Conference, Oct. 24 and 25, at UW-Stout. A woman of color from each campus in the UW-System will receive an award.

Brady coordinates community outreach initiatives for prospective students and families of color to the UW-RF campus. She is also the adviser to the Asian American Student Association, helping students to cultivate leadership skills. She said she is very proud to receive the award, because it demonstrates that the University is progressive in recognizing multiculturalism. She also said that she has been fortunate to work with very supportive and encouraging people.

"I didn't expect this at all! I was quite surprised! I am very pleased that the campus has selected me for this," said Brady.

Chancellor Ann Lydecker said, "Carolyn has been an active and committed adviser for the Asian American Student Association. She has developed effective, well-attended programs and events. Several nominators noted her work developing a collaborative program between UW- RF and Vincent High School in Milwaukee with financial support from the Private Industry Council of Wisconsin."

Brady worked with the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at UW-RF to develop a program between the University and Vincent High School in Milwaukee that supports students and encourages them to be interested in environmental and agricultural sciences.

"Under her guidance, UW-River Falls has distinguished itself as having one of the highest percentage of new students of color in the University of Wisconsin system," admissions director Alan Tuchtenhagen said. "At the same time, she has been able to ensure that the academic qualifications of those students has also been one of the best in the system."

Brady came to UW-RF nine years ago. Prior to that, she was self-employed, developing housing opportunities for low-income, homeless, senior citizen, and special needs people.

She holds a bachelor's degree in American cultural systems from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Her contributions include active membership in Wisconsin professional organizations for admissions personnel, serving as president for two years for the Minnesota Association of Counselors of Color, presenting diversity programs at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, and membership in the Minnesota Literacy Council. She also has served on numerous committees for the local school district since 1994.

Outside of UW-RF, she enjoys gardening and selling her glass work at a gallery in Hudson. She is the mother of three children.

The Woman of Color award was initiated in 1994 to acknowledge the ties and shared concerns among administrators, faculty, staff, and students within women's and ethnic studies, and to uphold a continuing commitment to the pursuit of educational quality through racial and ethnic diversity. Each year, one woman of color is chosen from each UW campus to be honored for her contributions. The selected person may be a faculty or staff member, a student, or a member of the community.


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