Miller earns Regents' Diversity Award
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – Angela Miller, executive director of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, was among the honorees as the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents recognized the ninth annual winners of its Regents’ Diversity Awards Feb. 3 in Madison, Wisconsin at its Regents meeting. These awards recognize individuals and programs that foster access and success for students who are members of historically underrepresented populations. Each winner received $5,000 to support professional development or continue the program being honored.
“The recipients we selected for this year’s Regents’ Diversity Awards are using innovative, data-driven methods to meet the needs of the state by expanding opportunity for historically underrepresented student populations, making sure no talent goes untapped in our communities,” said Regent Mark Tyler, who chaired the special Regents’ committee to determine the recipients. “We are honored to recognize their leadership and dedication to creating partnerships and building relationships that help make our campuses more effective learning, living and working environments for all.”
Winners were selected using the following criteria:
- Sustainable positive impact on equity and diversity, leading to positive institutional change
- Accountability demonstrated through routine assessment and feedback to promote forward movement on equity and diversity goal
- Intersections across multiple dimensions of diversity
- Collaborations with other units, departments or communities – within the institution and beyond
Miller also serves as director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at UW-Platteville, Under her leadership over the past five years, OMSA has had a sustainable impact on underrepresented minorities on campus; for example, the cumulative credit equity gap has declined from over eight credits to less than one credit and the grade point average equity gap between underrepresented minority students and majority students continues to decline.
Miller implemented the Academic Enrichment Program, a comprehensive approach to supporting students who are first-generation, low income, underrepresented minorities and/or students with low academic profiles. AEP services include a comprehensive review with non-cognitive assessment in admission, supplemental advising, summer bridge programs and First-Year Interest Groups.
She has led and sustained change in developing strong collaborating partners campus wide, which is evident through several programs such as Paths to Platteville, Pre-College Programs and the Lois Cooper Scholars Program. She successfully collaborated across campus to lead the SUCCEED program, a three-week residential summer program focused on students of color and first-generation college students, and the DRIVEN Scholars Program, a comprehensive advising model to monitor academic progress and degree completion. Miller has lead and contributed to obtaining over $1.3 million in grant funding in her past five years to support underserved student populations and is dedicated to helping faculty and staff across campus engage in diversity and inclusion work.