Amy Reddinger, associate professor of English and the advisor of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance on campus at UW-Marinette, is the recipient of the 2017 Inclusive Excellence and Diversity Award from the University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension.
UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor Cathy Sandeen presented the award at the institutions’ Chancellor’s Awards Event and Reception on September 21 in Madison. The annual Chancellor’s Awards recognize UW Colleges and UW-Extension partners, supporters and employees for their outstanding contributions to the quality of life in Wisconsin.
In giving the award, Sandeen praised Reddinger for recognizing there was a lack of LGBT resources in the surrounding area and having a vision to create a safe space where students and community members could be their authentic selves.
Sandeen added, “With her leadership and determination, Amy raised thousands of dollars to stock, staff and open the UW-Marinette LGBT Center in just six months. The center already served more than 400 students, faculty, staff and community members in a tri-county region.”
Reddinger continues to create new ways to promote understanding and acceptance for the LGBT community, offering valuable resources like pronoun training workshops and an LGBT 101 class to mental health professionals, educators, therapists and social workers.
The Inclusive Excellence and Diversity Award is presented to individuals or groups that have made an outstanding contribution to creating an inclusive and welcoming community at UW Colleges or UW-Extension by implementing an initiative or program in the classroom, workplace or campus community that fosters relationships that advance acceptance, appreciation, respect, diversity and inclusive excellence.
“UW Colleges and UW-Extension employees and partners work statewide to provide innovative education and services to students, business owners, farmers and citizens in every industry across Wisconsin,” said Sandeen. “The Chancellor’s Awards recognize those individuals who’ve gone above and beyond in extending our mission to every corner of the state.”