African & African Diaspora Studies student UW System Outstanding Woman of Color

Brittany Ochoa-Nordstrum, PhD student, African & African Diaspora Studies. Images: Portrait, ; background image, (from an article to which Ochoa-Nordstrum was a contributor).

Doctoral student and teaching assistant Brittany Ochoa-Nordstrum is one of the 14 recipients of the UW System 2021 Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award, given annually to faculty, staff, students, or community members to recognize their achievements in advancing equity and inclusion for people of color within the UW System as well as communities across the state.

  • See the November 4 news item on .
  • Read an October 2020 interview with Ochoa-Nordstrum on the Bona Drag website.

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Awardees “are enhancing opportunities for our students and benefiting our communities through their leadership, scholarship, and outreach,” said UW System Senior Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer Warren R. Anderson.

Here is Ochoa-Nordstrum’s profile on from the African & African Diaspora Studies website:

Brittany Ochoa-Nordstrum graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a certificate in LGBT+ Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the spring of 2021. As a recipient of multiple SURF (support for undergraduate research fellow) awards, Brittany has worked under the mentorship of Dr. Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu on various projects pertaining to advocacy for marginalized communities of color. Brittany’s area of study is medical racism and its impacts on maternal mortality amongst African American women in Milwaukee.

Currently, Brittany is a PhD student in the African and African Diaspora Studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. As she continues her studies, she is a graduate teaching assistant. As a third-generation Mexican American, her life experiences often inform her passion for these areas of study. When she is not researching, she is often involved in planning and organizing community grassroots demonstrations and fundraisers to benefit marginalized groups around the city of Milwaukee.

For more information about the award and past recipients, see .

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