University Services Program Assistant

D&I Offices

Tara Nelson  Profile of Tara Nelson

Director, Ctr For Transform Justice
1131 Centennial Hall

Teresa DePratt  Profile of Teresa DePratt

Psychologist, D&I Liaison
145C Graff Main Hall

Specialty areas:

Emotional health and academic success of traditionally marginalized students; exploration and navigation of identities and roles; anxiety disorders, depression; post-graduation plans and graduate school; connection and relationships.

Willem Vanroosenbeek  Profile of Willem Vanroosenbeek

LGBTQA Services Director
2214 Student Union

Specialty areas:

LGBTQ Services Director

Kara Ostlund  Profile of Kara Ostlund

Dean of Students (Inst) (B)
149G Graff Main Hall

Specialty areas:

Title IX; Federal, State, and Institutional Compliance; Conduct Education; Students of Concern; UWS Chapter 17, 18, and 14; Clery

Jazzma Holland  Profile of Jazzma Holland

Upward Bound Director
1170 Centennial Hall

Specialty areas:


Community Engagement 


Barbara Stewart

Vice Chancellor
Diversity & Inclusion

At the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, diversity and inclusion are integral to the achievement of excellence.

It is our belief that the incorporation of diversity and inclusion can enhance and promote UW-La Crosse' s capacity to understand and articulate a global perspective that is inclusive of intersections of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability and other significant aspects of individual and cultural identity. Through the implementation of Inclusive Excellence initiatives, UW-La Crosse pledges to continue to commit human and financial resources in support of an inclusive campus climate.

By providing that support it is our goal to attract and retain diverse students, faculty and staff and promote a dynamic living/learning environment vital for academic excellence and global citizenship.


Dina Zavala

Assistant Vice Chancellor (Inst)
Diversity & Inclusion

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse exemplifies inclusive excellence by:

  • creating a welcoming and inclusive environment,
  • expanding DEI resources,
  • engaging with diverse perspectives,
  • and maximizing the success and inclusion of all students, staff, and faculty.

We are committed to transforming the hearts and minds of our campus community, and we continue to articulate these values in personal interactions as well as classroom and community experiences. We are committed because we are aware that these occurrences enrich our campus community and prepare our students to lead in a global environment.

We are aware that DEI work is a journey, therefore, we will continue to build a learning environment that demonstrates our commitment to inclusive excellence. Furthermore, the D&I Division invites you to join us in this journey by working with us in fostering inclusive and educational learning environments. We can be inspirational leaders by making DEI part of the fabric of our institution and communities.


Joe Gow

Chancellor's Office

UWL values diversity both in our programs and in the people who learn and work here. We are committed to ensuring an intellectually challenging, welcoming, and respectful learning environment for all people of diverse perspectives, races, ethnic backgrounds, ages, genders, religions, sexual orientations, abilities, socioeconomic status, family situations, national origins, and other individual differences.

Students, administrators, faculty, staff, and community members learn and work in a physically and psychologically safe environment where they are valued for their similarities and differences. Differences are recognized as valued resources for the academic, cultural, and personal development that has occurred in our country and our world; therefore, they are viewed as essential to an intellectually stimulating environment.

An atmosphere that fosters the exploration of issues from multiple perspectives fosters academic exploration and growth. Because diversity is an integral part of UWL, students graduate with a commitment to being culturally knowledgeable world citizens.


Vitaliano Figueroa

Vice Chancellor
Student Affairs

Greetings from the Division of Student Affairs,

As the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, I am excited that at UWL our commitment to diversity has led us to the development of the Division of Diversity and Inclusion.  Diversity and inclusion is essential because it allows students from various backgrounds to discover different ways of looking at and experiencing the world around them.  By embracing diversity and inclusion, an environment is created that allows for the exchange of ideas and sharing of perspectives.  Additionally, a diverse and inclusive environment allows for friendships and relationships to develop that will, in turn, enhance our students' university experience.

An understanding of diversity, in all forms, is crucial in preparing our future leaders. Diversity and inclusion are integral to all facets of Student Affairs and serve as the impetus that drives the division and departmental goals and objectives.  As a result, we, at the Division of Student Affairs, continue to support initiatives and expand programs that will support student success and personal growth.


Betsy Morgan

Provost & Vice Chancellor
Academic Affairs

What does it mean to provide leadership to Academic Affairs in the area of diversity? For me, it means a commitment to continually evolving the campus by listening and working across the units of student and academic affairs. 

At UWL, Inclusive Excellence reflects involvement from students, staff, and faculty from across the campus – each of whom brings perspectives on the myriad of ways that the university is experienced by the individuals who create the campus climate.  Leadership on diversity also means that we listen acutely to those whose professional and personal experiences interface closely with individuals who come from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.  Unique to academic affairs is a focus on the student learning aspects of diversity including a host of interrelated areas such as curricular infusion, barriers to student success, promotion of universal design for optimal student learning, and awareness of the role of instructors in creating inclusive environments that promote academic equity and success. 

Join me in actively exploring the ways in which our own experiences inform our work and in challenging ourselves to be genuine citizens of the 21st century.