Reeder honored with UW System Award

August 25, 2015
Mei Reeder

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.— Mei Reeder, director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, has received the University of Wisconsin System’s 2015 Outstanding Woman of Color in Education Award.

Reeder is originally from Taiwan where she earned her associate and bachelor’s in management at Overseas Chinese University. She earned her master’s in education in adult education at UW-Platteville in 2012. She intends to receive her doctorate of education in higher education leadership in May 2016.

Reeder began at the university as a language instructor of the Confucius Institute in October 2008 where she was also assistant director in 2010, and became director in November 2013. She is also the coordinator of cooperation on higher education and professional development in international programs.

“I believe it is important to bring diversity and culture into the university and to the classrooms. Higher education institutions need diverse women to scale the staff and faculty demographic,” said Reeder.

Reeder enjoys working with a diverse body of students, faculty and staff. She does a significant amount of traveling to bring more culture-based programs and students to the university. She helps host open forums with the Chinese instructors on campus and enjoys seeing the students taking notes and asking questions to plan and attend international student activities.

Reeder said she thanks Rea Kirk and Karen Stinson for being female role models who she continues to learn from, and for nominating her to be one of the candidates for this award.

“I thank those who gave me this award, for their vision in recognizing the importance of installing diversity essence within the UW System,” said Reeder. “I am honored and I thank our university leaders for their leadership and providing me with opportunities to be creative within and beyond my work capacity.”

Reeder will be recognized among many others at the UW-Platteville faculty and staff convocation on Aug. 27, at 1p.m. in Ullsvik Hall.

Written by: Sydney Bend, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, 608-342-1194,


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