Profile for Willem Vanroosenbeek

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Specialty area(s)

Director of LGBTQA Services & Programs

Brief biography

Pronouns: He/Him/His & They/Them/Theirs
UW-L Alumnus '92 & '97

Rainbow Unity
Diversity Organization Coalition(DOC)
Co-Advise Awareness Through Performance (ATP)

Campus Committees:
Joint Planning & Budget
2021 Campus Climate Survey Committee
Transgender Steering Committee

Volunteer at The Center:
7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection - Board Member
La Crosse Community Foundation - June Kjome Fund
Habitat for Humanity - Family Selection Committee


Current courses at UWL

WGS/SOC 105 Introduction to LGBTQ Studies


Bachelors of Science in Therapeutic Recreation Minor: Psychology '92
Master of Science in College Student Personnel '97

Teaching history

SAA 720 White Privilege
EFN 205 Understanding Human Services 2001-2017
EDS 206 2019
UW-L 100
LGBTQ Studies in Paris, France



Courtney Warax, New Student & Family Programs; Lisa Klein, Community Engagement; Scott Brown, Facilities Planning & Management; Chelsea Wyman, Murphy Library; Justin Davis, Music; Willem Vanroosenbeek, Pride Center; Nathan Barnhart, Rec Sports; Laurie Harmon, Recreation Management & Therapeutic Recreation; Jenni Brundage and Andie Coxey, both Residence Life; Jamie Henk, Student Association student; Kyle Burke, Magann Dykema, Drea Higgins, Michael Slevin and Corey Stilwell, all University Centers; Kaylie Connaughty and Maren Walz, both University Marketing & Communications; and Gabrielle Smartt, Wellness, Health Advocacy; served on the Eagle Fest Planning Committee. The planning committee was responsible for Eagle Fest, a festival full of music, entertainment, food, and fun. It was an exciting opportunity for all students, faculty, staff, family members and local community neighbors to come together and celebrate the beginning of the fall semester!

Submitted on: Sept. 13



Willem Vanroosenbeek, Pride Center, presented "Telling Our Stories" at 2021 ACUI Webinar on April 23 online. Will served as one of the panelists. To honor GLSEN’s Day of Silence and pay tribute to the LGBTQIA story, the LGBTQ+ Community of Practice is hosted a virtual event of “Telling Our Stories.'' This storytelling experience was mirrored after a traditional educational session held at the annual conferences over the years. For this session, there will be a panel that will be sharing their stories.

Submitted on: April 26



Richard Breaux, Ethnic & Racial Studies; Willem Vanroosenbeek, Pride Center; and Ryan McKelley, Psychology; presented "Race and Ethnicity; Gender and Sexuality; Abilities and Mental Health (respectively)" at the Onalaska School District's Equity Day on Friday, Feb. 12 online.

Submitted on: Feb. 12



Tara Delong, Recreation Management & Therapeutic Recreation, and Willem Vanroosenbeek, Pride Center, presented "Culturally Affirming Recreation Therapy for LGBTQ+" at Minnesota Therapeutic Recreation Association Annual Conference on Nov. 25, 2019 in Bloomington, MN.

Submitted on: Nov. 25, 2019



Willem Van Roosenbeek, Pride Center, presented "LGBTQ+ Identities in our Schools " at UWL's 22nd Annual Fall for Education Conference on Nov. 4, 2019 in La Crosse, WI.

Submitted on: Nov. 4, 2019