Dr. Andrea-Teresa Arenas
FAYETTE, Iowa (March 9, 2012) –Upper Iowa University (UIU) will host Dr. Andrea-Teresa Arenas, from the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, to speak during Women's History Month on Wednesday, March 21, at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Center ballroom on the Fayette campus. Arenas is the UW System director for the College of Letters and Science Office of Service Learning and Community-Based Research and emeritus associate vice president of academic affairs.
Arenas' talk is entitled Honoring Women in Higher Education: Sounding the Trumpets and Safeguarding our Progress. She will focus on critically important developments and/or political backsliding for women in higher education, Arenas will share stories of success, overcoming challenges, and building alliances to advance the progress of women.
In her position as director, Arenas works with UW faculty one-on-one to create new curriculum that includes community engagement. In addition, Arenas is a well-respected faculty affiliate in both the Chican@ and Latin@ Studies and The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies departments at UW, where she teaches senior capstone courses that receive extremely high student evaluations.
Arenas' current project is working with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to recruit and train the best UW students of color to lead five new fishing clubs in Latino, Native American, African American, and Hmong communities across Wisconsin.
Arenas most recent consulting client is the largest military airplane, helicopter, and electronic intelligence data-gathering corporation in the world, for whom she conducts workshops on cultural competency skills, cross cultural communications, and legal issues in diversity hiring, in an effort to develop a corporate climate that supports diversity.
Arenas won a national curriculum designer award in 2006 for creating Interdis 400/ES 402—Crossing Borders: Environmental Justice at the US-Mexico Border—that ran for four years in Brownsville, Texas, and Matamoros, Mexico. She is also an award-winning Chicana poet, winning second place in the University of Irvine, Chicano Literary Competition in 1988.
For more information about the lecture at UIU, please contact Dr. Adriel Hilton at 563-425-5221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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