Arenz’s nomination letter stated that he is “truly the epitome of a student-centered professional who is always looking to create an inclusive environment for all students but especially those within the LGBTQ+ community. Jamie works tirelessly to ensure that students feel supported and engaged at all times. He quickly builds rapport with students and helps them navigate the college experience both inside and outside the classroom. He approaches each student as an individual while listening and empathizing with their situation. Jamie creates a safe working environment both with his co-workers but most impactfully with the student workers within the Advisement Center at UW-Stout.”
Arenz has served as the Gender and Sexuality Alliance adviser and ensures that students can find their voice on campus. He supports advocacy-related events such as Rainbow Graduation, the annual Qubie Gayla and Diversity Week. He is engaged in community service at Stepping Stones of Dunn County and Habitat for Humanity in Menomonie.
“He does all of this without seeking official acclaim or accolades and, although he does not seek attention for his efforts, he promotes equitable opportunities for everyone in the campus community during his energetic conversations with faculty, staff and students. He never hesitates to speak up, to show support and to show up for all members of the Stout community,” his nomination continued.
Arenz is a two-time alum, earning both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UW-Stout. He has served at the university since fall 2015.
"Honorees are helping build a better experience for our students, faculty, and staff," said Universities of Wisconsin President Jay Rothman. "This award recognizes their achievements in creating a safer and inclusive climate at our universities.”
Outstanding Women of Color Award
The Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award honors women of color for their leadership in making significant and lasting contributions to their campuses and communities. It is given to faculty, staff, students or community members for their achievements in advancing equity and inclusion for people of color within the Universities of Wisconsin as well as communities across the state.