OMSS UPDATE COVID-19

Based on UWL’s decision to close campus and go to an online class platform for the remainder of the semester, the Office of Multicultural Student Services will have no in-office staff until further notice and will not be accepting any face-to-face appointments or walk-ins. 

Our office building is locked to the public as of March 18. We are currently working on sending our students a message outlining ongoing support for the remainder of the semester. For updated campus information pertaining to COVID-19, please utilize UWL’s COVID-19 homepage. 

We will strive to provide the best service and advocacy to our students and families during this time. In lieu of phone calls, please send an email to omss@uwlax.edu with your questions or concerns. We appreciate your patience during this time. Thank you. 

In solidarity, 

OMSS Staff 

The resources listed below cover a wide range of options available to students. The goal is to connect students to the necessary resources to help them be successful in their undergraduate career as well as their post-undergraduate career. If you have any questions or want to share a resource, please feel free to reach out to our office at OMSS@uwlax.edu or 608.785.8225.

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Textbook Rental, do you need books for your class? Stop in the Student Union Lower Level to pick up your FREE textbooks (included in the tuition). Please be sure to bring your class schedule and remember to return your books at the end of each semester.

It Make$ Cents! is a place on campus (Centennial 2103) for students to visit to ask all the questions as it relates to money, finances, and budgeting. They have office hours in OMSS or you can book an appointment at IMC Schedule

Academic Advising Center is located in Centennial 1209, if you have questions about classes or seeking advice about your class schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor. 

Counseling & Testing offers confidential counseling to current UWL students. C&T offers group or individual sessions. There are Let's Talk drop-in hours hosted in OMSS (Centennial 1101) on Fridays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, feel free to drop in or stop by Centennial 2106 to schedule an appoint with C&T. C&T is also where students can take placement tests. 

Student Life, if a student is unsure where to go, connect with Student Life and they will provide an abundance of options as it relates to support and care for students. For more information visit Student Life or visit their office in Graff Main Hall 149.

Pride Center is located on the second floor of the Student Union, in The COVE area. Our Center seeks to provide ample educational opportunities and resources for UWL's students, faculty & staff including ally workshops, trainings, clubs, panels, books, documentaries, speakers, & student-led programs on current issues in our community. Visit the Pride Center website to find more information.

TRIO/Student Support Services (SSS, Centennial 2131) is a resource and space for first-generation, low-income, or students who have a diagnosed (dis)ability. SSS provides funding, tutoring, advising, peer coaching, etc. To know if you are eligible for their services, visit SSS and apply.

Career Services offers assistance to prepare students for life after school with an emphasis on career exploration. Career Services has advisors that will meet with students to explore career options within their field of study, assist in attaining professional experiences, and host career networking events. To schedule an appointment with a Career Services Advisor, please visit Handshake or stop by Centennial 1209.

ACCESS Center promotes equal access and educational opportunity for students with disabilities and provides services to students attending UW-La Crosse who have a documented disability. ACCESS Center staff will meet with students and - based on documentation - determine appropriate academic accommodations to help you accomplish your academic goals and give you the support you need through graduation. For more information, visit the ACCESS Center or stop by Murphy Library 165.

Campus Climate is entrusted to center historically marginalized communities, liberate the learner, and disrupt inequitable systems to advance intersectional social justice and equity in our collective spheres of influence. To get involved, visit Campus Climate in Centennial 1120. If you see something, say something and report a Hate/Bias Incident.

Campus Food Pantry is available to students, staff, and faculty. It is located in the Student Union 2220. To gain access to the food pantry, complete this online form. Once the form is complete, you will have access to the pantry with your ID.

Campus Threads is a community closet for UWL students to have access to free clothing. The closet is located at Common Ground (1335 Pine St.) and is open Friday form 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. If you have questions or would like to donate, stop by or check out their Instagram @campusthread_uwl.

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Multicultural Resource Guide was developed by the Greater La Crosse Area Diversity Council (GLADC) to "reflect and celebrate cultural diversity in our area." The guide contains identity-based community groups, community centers, places of worship, and safe spaces in the community. View the resource guide at GLADC.

Great Rivers 2-1-1 offers free and confidential community resource information. Great Rivers 2-1-1 is a place to make the connections that can help you find answers and prevent problems from getting more serious. Using a comprehensive resource database, 2-1-1 Information and referral specialists will listen to your concerns, help you make informed decisions and link you to the most appropriate community resources. To connect with some visit the Great Rivers 2-1-1 or dial 2-1-1 or 800-392-8255.

La Crosse County Human Services Department has various resources available within the La Crosse County area as it relates to employment, children, mental health, substance abuse, etc. For more information, visit La Crosse County Human Services department or check out the Community Services Directory.

ACCESS will help a student determine if they are eligible for BadgerCare Plus, Medicaid, FoodShare, and more benefits. Visit ACCESS, to determine your eligibility and/or to apply for benefits.

Kane Street Community Garden operates from March thru October and is located in North La Crosse on the corner of Kane and St. Cloud Street. Please visit Kane Street Garden to see the hours of operation, when you can pick up free produce, and volunteer.

LGBTQIA+ Resources is a list of national resources available to students, it was collected and put together by the University of Arizona.

 

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Graduation Regalia, if you need a cap and gown, please reach out to us  (omss@uwlax.edu or 608.785.8225).

What can I do with a major in...? is a resource for students to use that will allow them to do some career exploration. To find more links or search engines similar to this, visit Career Services.

Interested in Graduate School, visit Graduate School Exploration, check out McNair Scholars (Centennial 2101), or Graduate Studies (Graff Main Hall 223). All of these resources can be used to connect you with graduate program options.

Handshake is UW-La Crosse’s online career services management system that provides students access to internships, full-time jobs, career fairs, information sessions, and more. To search for different opportunities, visit Handshake.

Test Prep? Preparing for the GMAT? GRE? LSAT? Visit UWL's Online Test Prep for study tips and resources.

If you need a transcript, for a job or graduate school, there is the ability to order a transcript online, in person, or by mail. Visit Request a Transcript to gather more details. 

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Contacts

Nizam Arain  Profile of Nizam Arain  Office hours

Director of Equity & Affirm Action
131 Graff Main Hall
narain@uwlax.edu
608.785.8541

Specialty areas:

Title IX Coordinator
Equity, diversity & inclusion
Affirmative action
Discrimination
Civil rights
Legal issues

Greg Phlegar  Profile of Greg Phlegar

Dean of Students
149 Graff Main Hall
gphlegar@uwlax.edu
608.785.8062

Specialty areas:

Student conduct education, Title IX, restorative justice, CARE and behavior intervention response, student learning and assessment,  FERPA compliance, Clery Act compliance

Ingrid Peterson  Profile of Ingrid Peterson  Office hours

Violence Prevention Specialist
149 Graff Main Hall
ipeterson@uwlax.edu
608.785.5126

Specialty areas:

Interpersonal Violence advocacy and prevention education (sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating/domestic violence, stalking); Bystander Intervention.

Types of concerns:

Discrimination

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or other protected status. Employees are encouraged to use established grievance procedures when problems or complaints arise in work-related situations.

Faculty and Academic Staff who believe they have been discriminated against, on the basis of the factors mentioned above, by the University or members of the University community are encouraged to set up a private meeting with Nizam Arain, Director of Affirmative Action, at 785-8541.  You may file a formal complaint or pursue informal dispute resolution options. University policy prohibits retaliation against individuals who exercise their rights under these policies.

Discrimination Policies and Forms

Sexual Harassment or Assault

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse prohibits sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of sexual misconduct. These forms of discriminatory conduct are also prohibited by Title IX. The university's Title IX Coordinator is Nizam Arain, Director of Affirmative Action

  • Sexual assault is any sexual contact without consent. That includes incidents involving the use of force, the threat of force, coercion, and/or intoxication. The University encourages victims to seek immediate help and to report the incident  through one of the several mechanisms outlined below. Your confidentiality can be maintained and the information might prevent other individuals from being victimized. Relevant policies and resources regarding sexual assault are provided by Violence Prevention and Affirmative Action
  • Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other physical conduct and expressive behavior of a sexual nature, either as a condition of employment or education, as a basis for academic or employment decisions, or as the cause of a hostile work environment. Relevant policies and resources regarding sexual harassment are provided by Affirmative Action.

Unfair or unequal treatment; employee misconduct

"A grievance is a personnel problem involving a faculty member's expressed feeling of unfair treatment or dissatisfaction with aspects of his/her working conditions within the university which are outside his/her control and which are not covered by other personnel rules. A grievance relates to such matters as academic freedom, salaries, promotions, assignment of teaching duties, assignment of space or other facilities, and unethical or improper action by administrators. In a grievance a faculty member claims substantial personal harm and seeks redress for himself or herself."

"A grievance is a personnel problem involving an appointee's expressed feeling of unfair treatment or dissatisfaction with aspects of his/her working conditions within the University which are outside his/her control. A grievance relates to such matters as salaries, promotions, assignments of duties, working conditions, and propriety of conduct claimed to harm the petitioner substantially whether the claim alleges unethical or improper action by colleagues or by administrator. A grievance is a matter other than one involving dismissal proceedings and other than a complaint proceeding involving (other) severe sanctions."

Hateful/biased language or conduct

"UWL views hate/bias incidents and all manifestations of prejudice and intolerance as contradictory to our mission as a university and a community, and as a threat to each individual's right to a safe living, learning and working environment. Because of this, the Hate Response Team was formed in 2005 to provide an outlet to share and appropriately address all such incidents, and ultimately better understand our campus climate."

Civility and bullying

At its most basic level, civility refers to showing others kindness, courtesy, and respect. Digging a little deeper, civility is about constantly being open to listen, to learn, to teach and to change.  It seeks common ground as a beginning point for dialogue when differences occur, while at the same time recognizing that differences enrich our campus.

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