The award recognizes agents of change, who demonstrate exceptional efforts in fostering greater equity and diversity, including access and success to historically underrepresented, first-generation or economically disadvantaged students.
It is given to individuals and programs that promote forward movement on equity and diversity goals and that collaborate within the university and beyond.
“We are proud to recognize the profound impact of these individuals and programs in areas of diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Regent Héctor Colón. “Students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds are benefiting from their dedication to expanding opportunity and building partnerships.”
Rodríguez and other honorees will receive their awards at the 16th annual Regents’ Diversity Awards on Feb. 9, in Madison as part of the Board of Regents meeting.
“I am humbled by this recognition and want to thank all the diversity champions within the Universities of Wisconsin for their persistence,” Rodríguez said. “Eighteen years at UW-Stout has passed quickly for me, and our FOCUS2030 goals guide complex work across the university and community. I am grateful for my colleagues, and the hard work of the faculty and staff in support of student success.”
Chancellor Katherine Frank believes that “as a bilingual woman of color in a discipline and industry comprised of predominantly white men, Glendalí has persevered and has not only succeeded, but triumphed as a leader, change agent and model for others to follow.”
UW-Stout’s interim executive director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Rickie-Ann Legleitner received the award in 2023, and Fostering Success, the first-of-its-kind program on Universities on Wisconsin campuses, in 2020.