April 6, 2009
Lelahvon Lugo, a senior academic librarian in the University Library at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, was presented with a UW System Outstanding Woman of Color award Saturday, April 4, at the 33rd annual Wisconsin Womenís Studies conference. The statewide recognition is awarded to women of color who have contributed to diversity and have advocated womenís issues in their communities.
Lugo came to UW-Stout in 1988 and established a long history of involvement and service to the university. She was selected to serve on the Senate of Academic Staff and was on the Equity for Women Initiative and the Learning and Work Environment Subcommittee. She also was a member of the Diversity Plan 2008 Ė Curriculum and Pedagogical Transformation Team, the Sexual Harassment Education Committee, the Chancellorís Advisory Committee on Minority Faculty and Staff and the Equal Opportunities in Education committee. As a mentor to a minority student, she participated in the Campus Link Program and also served on the Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty and Staff Equity and UW-Stout Visioning 2008.
Lugo also has been an active member of the universityís Minority Faculty and Staff Network. John Dzissah, chair of the Minority Faculty and Staff Network, wrote in his letter of nomination, ďShe is approachable, thoughtful and clearly articulates her perspective and experience.Ē Her insight and knowledge of history has proved helpful to the network in their decision-making process, he added.
As an academic librarian, Lugo wears many hats. She is responsible for coordinating computer-assisted reference services and staff development for electronic resources, CD-ROM and online databases, reference and instruction services. Lugo also is the library liaison to the universityís Office for Students with Disabilities. Her responsibilities also include overseeing the equipment and specialized computer software for library users who are disabled and also instructs the users when necessary.
Lugo, of primarily Hispanic descent, grew up in Santa Barbara, Calif. Her paternal ancestors were among Spanish settlers who colonized California 200 hundred years ago. Her family moved to Northeastern Wisconsin when she was a teenager to live near her motherís relatives. She has called the Midwest home ever since.
Lugo has a bachelorís degree in library science and history as well as a masterís degree in library science from UW-Oshkosh. She also has a masterís degree in library science from Indiana University-Bloomington.