Faculty member among Outstanding Women of Color in Education award winners
9/24/2013
An associate professor of Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is among 16 recipients of the prestigious UW System Outstanding Women of Color Awards in Education.

Elia Armacanqui-Tipacti, a native of Peru, will receive the award on October 19 during the joint 37th annual Wisconsin Women’s Studies Conference and 8th annual LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) Conference on the UW-Madison campus. She also won in 2006 and is among 18 honorees from UW-Stevens Point since the award’s creation in 1995. 

“Women have so many possibilities in the 21st century,” said Armacanqui-Tipacti. “However this would not be possible without the struggle for education of our sisters from the past. I would like to dedicate the honor of the Women of Color Award in Education to all my fellow Latino sisters and encourage all diverse women in college to work hard and stand out to make their dreams come true. We can make a great difference in our society.” 

Armacanqui-Tipacti has served UW-Stevens Point as a faculty member of the Equity and Affirmative Action Committee, faculty adviser for the Latino Studies for Advancement, Spanish Club adviser, mentor to minority students and member of the Portage County Cultural Festival. 

She organized the North Central Council of Latin Americanists interdisciplinary conference, held on campus September 27-28 and open to the public free of charge. Held to promote the sharing of cultures between Latin and North America, the conference also serves to recognize the UW-Stevens Point-based Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners, Inc., receive an Award of Merit raising awareness of Latin American issues.    

A UW-Stevens Point faculty member since 2002, Armacanqui-Tipacti teaches Latin American Women’s Writing, Contemporary Latin American Women’s Voices and Gastronomy in Latin American Women’s Writing. She has presented her research at numerous conferences and workshops and has been published by national and international groups. She has won the University Research Award, the Sigma Alpha Pi Excellence in Teaching Award and the Justus F. and Barbara P. Paul Faculty Sabbatical Award. She earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in Spanish literature from UW-Madison. 

The Outstanding Women of Color awards are organized and supported annually by the UW System Women’s Studies Consortium and Office of Academic Diversity and Development. Since 1994, winners have been recognized 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 educational quality through racial and ethnic diversity.  

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