UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
The UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Awards honor the contributions women of color have made to the UW System, and in particular, to diversity and women's studies. The awards and recognition ceremony was initiated in 1994 to acknowledge the ties and shared concerns among administrators, faculty, staff, and students within women's studies and ethnic studies, and to uphold a continuing commitment to Plan 2008: Educational Quality through Racial and Ethnic Diversity (work that continues through Inclusive Excellence efforts across the UW System). The annual awards ceremony confers well-earned acknowledgement by both the UW System and home campus communities.
Dr. P.B. Poorman played an instrumental role in the foundation of the UW System Inclusivity Initiative for LGBTQ People, as a member of the original Steering and Research Committees. Her contributions to improving the lives of LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff through research, teaching, service and advocacy all served to define and lay out the identity and activities of the systemwide Inclusivity Initiative. Dr. Poorman used her boundless energy, humor, and determination to bring about action within the group and to help the group gain recognition from the wider university community.