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Student Life Front Office

Student Life Leadership

Kara Ostlund  Profile of Kara Ostlund  Meet with me  Office hours

Dean of Students (Inst) (B)
149G Graff Main Hall

Specialty areas:

Title IX; Federal, State, and Institutional Compliance; Conduct Education; Students in Distress; UWS Chapter 14, 17, and 18; Clery; FERPA; Student Rights

Charissa Jakusz  Profile of Charissa Jakusz  Meet with me  Office hours

Assistant Dean of Students
149F Graff Main Hall

Specialty areas:

Student Development, Conduct education, Restorative Justice, Title IX


Kathryn Oleson  Profile of Kathryn Oleson  Office hours

Business Manager
149B Graff Main Hall

Specialty areas:

Student Affairs

Diversity & Inclusion

Josh Nesja  Profile of Josh Nesja  Meet with me  Office hours

Student Aff Program Specialist
149E Graff Main Hall

Blythe McConaughey  Profile of Blythe McConaughey  Office hours

Violence Prevention Specialist
149B Graff Main Hall

Specialty areas:

Violence Intervention, Awareness and Prevention; Gender Violence; Feminist Studies; Queer Theory; Reproductive Justice

Gabrielle Smartt  Profile of Gabrielle Smartt  Office hours

Student Wellness Coordinator
149 Graff Main Hall

Specialty areas:

Holistic Wellness, Assessment and Evaluation, Marketing and Outreach  

Preceptee / Student Intern / Graduate Assistant for Student Support

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Emily Stemper

Our mission

What matters most in the Student Life Office is student success.

The University of Wisconsin—La Crosse is committed to its belief in mens corpusque (“mind and body”) and seeks to provide a student-centered education in environments that are safe, diverse, equitable, inclusive, and engaging. Our purpose in the Student Life Office is to support and encourage students’ growth and well-being in ways that enable them to thrive. We strive to empower students to share responsibility in the learning process and to create a positive learning community. Our vision is that students will participate actively in this process, unlimited by ability, culture, gender, race, sexuality, religion, or socioeconomic barriers. We imagine students becoming self-determined individuals and well-informed citizens who are caring and compassionate for others and themselves.

The Student Life Office challenges students through individual and group interventions, and we support them by offering innovative programs and opportunities. Our outreach includes wellness programming, alcohol and drug education, policy and safety awareness, violence prevention, and other activities that support student transitions to and through the university. We recognize that collaboration is important to students' success and we aim to work closely with faculty, staff, and families to ensure our work is mindful, supportive, and current.

(updated January 2019)