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December 7, 2001

Lisa White Named Woman of Color for 2001
By Khrysten Darm
UW-RF News Bureau

Lisa White, UW-River Falls adviser for multicultural service and student support services, pre-college program coordinator and multicultural disadvantaged coordinator, was recently honored with the Women of Color 2001 award for her contributions to the campus and the community.

White was one of 17 women who received the award at the 7th Annual Women of Color Award Ceremony and Reception, recently held at the University of Wisconsin System Womenıs Studies Conference at UW-Waukesha. Each award recipient represented a campus in the UW System.

White works with students to give them the resources they need to be successful. She helps them to develop study skills, monitors their progress, and makes sure they are getting good grades. She also is the adviser to the African American Alliance, which helps students find opportunities for jobs and internships outside of campus, and encourages them to attend and give academic presentations at conferences.

White attended Grinnell College in Iowa, where she majored in sociology. "To do this type of work, it is helpful to have social studies skills and experience interacting with people," White said. "Accounting, counseling skills and creative thinking are also good."

Multicultural Student Services Coordinator and adviser Linda Alvarez said good words to describe White are "mentor and activist."

White said she was surprised and honored with being nominated for the award. Dean of Students Roger Ballou, Alvarez, and Director of the Academic Success Center Philip George all nominated White.

Alvarez said White has made outstanding contributions both professionally and personally. "Lisa is always enthusiastically engaged in virtually every multicultural activity, from the annual picnic, to the student retreat, to the American Multicultural Student Leadership Conference and Unity in the Community," said Alvarez.

White has worked at UW-RF since 1998. Prior to that, she served as a hall director and learning and study skills coordinator at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis.

Her contributions outside of UW-RF include leadership of Brownie troop No. 412 and membership in the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Foreign Mission Relief Project to Liberia. She is also a volunteer for the annual Women of Faith conference and the United Way.

The Women of Color award was initiated in 1994 to acknowledge the ties and shared concerns among administrators, faculty, staff and students within womenıs studies 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 selected from each campus in the UW System to be honored for her contributions. The selected individual may be a faculty or staff member, a student, or a member of the community.

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