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Tara Nelson

Director, Ctr for Transform Justice
Ctr For Transformative Justice
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Specialty area(s)

Campus climate

Indigenous student affairs

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Brief biography

Tara has worked in higher education for over ten years. Her experiences include residence life, academic advising, Indigenous student support, grant writing, and institutional research with focuses on equity, diversity, and inclusion. Her scholarship focuses on campus climate that either affords or constraints sense of belonging, connection, and inclusion within academia. 

Current courses at UWL

UWL 299 


Ph.D., North Dakota State University, Education

M.S., Minnesota State University Moorhead, Educational Leadership

B.S., University of Minnesota Morris, Liberal Arts for the Human Services



Tara Nelson, Diversity & Inclusion, authored the article "Student Engagement in HyFlex Courses During the COVID-19 Pandemic" in Journal of College Student Development published on April 28 by Project Muse. The article aims to explore student engagement in HyFlex courses, a dual learning space composed of in-person and videoconference student class attendance, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Submitted on: May 4, 2022



Tara Nelson, Center for Transformative Justice, elected Indigenous Advisor for ACPA23. Her role is to advise the convention team on Indigenous needs in the convention space, serve as a liaison with Elders, and write the land acknowledgment for the convention.

Submitted on: April 26, 2022


Memberships & affiliations

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