“I strive to make education inclusive and accessible for all students, and I aim to create an inclusive work and community environment that is sustainable, accountable and collaborative — a space where all faculty, staff and students can bring their full selves and thrive,” Legleitner said.
The 15th annual awards recognize individuals and programs that foster access and success for students who are members of historically underrepresented populations. Each recipient is awarded $7,500 to support professional development or continue the program being honored.
“It is an understatement to emphasize how fortunate UW-Stout is to have Dr. Legleitner as a member of both the faculty and administrative team,” Chancellor Katherine Frank said. “She is a passionate, courageous, dedicated and authentic professional who impacts students, colleagues and university partners on a daily basis.”
Legleitner is associate professor of English; interim director of the Equity Diversity and Inclusion office; adviser for women’s, gender and sexuality studies minor; and a coordinator for the Inclusive Excellence Action Plan. Learn more via the FOCUS2030 strategic plan.
She helped create the EDI team with representatives from campus governance groups, revised the WGSS minor to make it more inclusive, is a leader in the UW System WGS Consortium and has worked with the UW-Stout Menard Center for the Study of Institutions and Innovation to expand work on initiatives around freedom of expression.
In addition, Legleitner worked to expand EDI professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, and she serves on a university mental health committee.