Tabrizi recognized as UWP Woman of the Year 2009
PLATTEVILLE - The University of Wisconsin-Platteville selected Pusaporn Tabrizi, senior advisor and academic coordinator at UWP's Multicultural Educational Resource Center, as the recipient of the Woman of the Year award in May 2009. Students, faculty and staff nominated Tabrizi for her outstanding dedication to making a difference in the lives of women on campus.
Tabrizi began her career as an advisor for multicultural students at UWP in 1997. Currently, she is a senior advisor and an academic coordinator at MERC as well as an advisor for two student organizations, Hmong Club and A.S.I.A. Club. Tabrizi said, "I have been working at the Multicultural Educational Resource Center, formerly known as Multicultural Services, for more than 12 years. I see myself as a fortunate person who has the opportunity to work directly with multicultural students."
Incorporating her learning experiences into working with multicultural students, Tabrizi always tries to remember what it was like to be a student, especially a foreign and multicultural female student. "I believe in freedom, feelings, openness and cooperation. I have an open door policy and create a safe environment for my students," she said.
Tabrizi is committed to education and graduated with a major in English and minor in psychology from Silpakorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. She then came to the United States as an international student and obtained a Master of Science degree from Minnesota State University and Master of Arts degree in education from the University of Northern Iowa. "I am currently working on my dissertation and expect to obtain my doctorate in education from Capella University this year. It hasn't been an easy journey, but I am happy to be pursuing so many different goals at once. It has opened my female students' eyes to see that we can achieve our goal if we work hard for it. I constantly advise female students to work hard, be honest, and most importantly, be happy."
Tabrizi feels honored to be selected from the many outstanding employees. Tabrizi said, "Making a difference in students' lives is my main purpose. Every student is important to me regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, nationality or any other classification. Students all have different points of view, personal values and life experiences that they bring to the university. To me, every student is valued and they must realize that they are a valuable contribution to the university, the society, the country and the world."
A reception celebrating Tabrizi's award will be held Thursday, April 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Patricia A. Doyle Women's Center on the UWP campus.