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