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Steph Pinal

Retention Specialist
Multicultural Student Services
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Academic and Financial Retention

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Multicultural Business Scholars Program 

Brief biography

Steph grew up in St Paul, MN before making her way down to Winona, MN where she attended Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She received her BA in criminal justice as a first-generation graduate. She joined the National Guard in college and completed six years.  After graduation, she went into police work/corrections. She aspired to work with students from diverse backgrounds in higher education, so she eventually pivoted her career and landed herself back at Saint Mary’s where she served as a Graduate Assistant Hall Director while completing her master's degree. She started in the Multicultural Office at UW-La Crosse in January 2022.  

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and dog, keeping up with sports teams, watching movies, playing games, hanging out with friends, and wedding planning for her wedding with her fiancé Sadie.


B.A- Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Track, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota 

M.A- Integrated Studies, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota