The Multicultural Student Center seeks to recognize outstanding alumni who exemplify the Wisconsin Idea through their work, actions and values. This Award, first presented in the Spring of 2011 was named in honor of The founding Director of the MSC Candace McDowell and her spouse, Chuck McDowell, former Wisconsin Alumni Association Board Chair. They were also the first recipients of the award.
After 10 years of working in UW-Madison Admission, Candace McDowell became the founding director of the Multicultural Student Center in 1988 and led the organization for its first 22 years of existence. Charles McDowell served as president of the Wisconsin Alumni Association from 2003-04. The McDowells have provided us dynamic examples of leadership, service, and commitment to excellence and community that will serve as a blueprint for evaluating future recipients of this award.
We are looking for individuals who live the Wisconsin Experience by creating and applying what they have learned during their time at UW-Madison to make the world a better place. Nominees should:
- Identify as Persons of Color
- Embody the Wisconsin Idea
- Enhance the Wisconsin Experience through gifts of time, talent and/or treasure
- Be a UW-Madison Alum*
*If nominee fulfills the other above criteria, exceptions may be made for individuals who matriculated but did not graduate
Nomination letters should be 1,500 words or less and should be sent electronically to Donte Hilliard (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Sunday, March 25th. Nominators may attach additional materials, such as a resume, curriculum vita, etc. The award ceremony honoring recipients will take place on Monday, May 7 in the On Wisconsin Room (Red Gym, First Floor) from 7:00-9:00pm.