Nizam Arain

Director Affirmative Action
Affirmative Action

Specialty area(s)

Title IX Coordinator; diversity & inclusion; affirmative action; discrimination; civil rights; legal issues.

Brief biography

Nizam Arain serves as the Director of Equity and Affirmative Action at UW–La Crosse, and as a member of the university's leadership team. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Michigan and his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois. His prior roles at UW-L include Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Administration & Finance, Risk Manager, Contract Administrator, and Records Officer. Prior to working at UW–L, he was a practicing attorney in his home town of Chicago.

In addition to teaching a graduate-level courses on higher education law and related topics for the Department of Student Affairs Administration, Nizam has taught courses in U.S. Government and Constitutional Law for UW–L's Department of Political Science and Public Administration, and has given numerous guest lectures on issues of diversity, civil rights, civil liberties, and the legal system.

Nizam is privileged to serve a volunteer advisor for Awareness Through Performance, UW-L's award-winning student performance troupe.

Nizam's preferred gender pronouns are he/his/him.

Current courses at UWL

SAA 730: Legal Issues in Higher Education
SAA 790: Capstone in Student Affairs
SAA 701: Student Affairs and Technology

Teaching history

POL 101: American National Government
POL 371: Constitutional Law / The First Amendment
SAA 720: Gender Equity in Higher Education

Education

Juris Doctorate, University of Michigan, 1999
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of Illinois, 1996