University of Wisconsin-Stout

March 31, 2008

Glendali Rodriguez, an assistant professor in the department of operations, construction and management, has been named the University of Wisconsin-Stout’s outstanding woman of color for 2008.

This statewide recognition is awarded to women of color who have initiated positive change within their communities by contributing to diversity and advocating women’s issues.

Rodriguez is one of 17 statewide honorees who will receive the award April 5 during the UW System annual Women’s Studies Conference in Green Bay.

“Glendali has demonstrated a deep understanding of the interplay between family, community, and culture that exists in the lives of women of color,” Howard Lee, chair of UW-Stout’s Minority Faculty and Staff Network, wrote in his nomination letter. “Glendali interacts well with people at all levels — an essential characteristic required of any leader, especially a minority leader.”

Rodriguez is a licensed architect and an educator who believes in engaging students through community connections, experiential learning and service learning. Through her leadership, students have assisted local schools and nonprofits with architectural designs. She also led students on a spring break trip to Costa Rica in 2006 to assist building furniture and fences for an orphanage.

She teaches a one-day seminar titled “Introduction to Hispanic/Latino Culture in the Construction Industry” for undergraduate students.

Rodriguez serves as a representative of the faculty senate on a sexual harassment prevention committee and is secretary of the Minority Faculty and Staff Network, an organization for which she helped initiate and implement a mentoring program.

She also is a participant in search committees for Multicultural Student Services and a student adviser for Latinos Unidos. She is active in developing leaders both at UW-Stout and in the community with Boys and Girls Club.

For more information, contact Rodriguez at rodriguezg@uwstout.edu or (715) 232-1522.