Campus Diversity Officers

As point person for diversity in school, college or division, the Diversity Officer or MDC (Multicultural Disadvantaged Coordinator) is charged to coordinate initiatives to promote and support the academic achievement of students—in particular, students from underrepresented and targeted groups. Diversity Officers or MDCs work with their administrative leaders, faculty and staff to address issues of climate in the classroom and workplace. In addition, they are regularly convened by the Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer, serving as one of the key working groups for the campus wide strategic priority to “enhance diversity and ensure excellence in education and research.”

LaVar Charleston

Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion,
School of Education

Ida Balderrama-Trudell

Interim Director of Office of Inclusion Education,
Division of Student Affairs

Richard Barajas

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,
School of Veterinary Medicine

Marianne Bird Bear

Chief of Staff,
The International Division

Tom Browne

Senior Assistant Dean,
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Mary Fitzpatrick

Director of Diversity Research and Initiatives,
College of Engineering

Mel Freitag

Diversity Officer,
School of Nursing

Lisa Imhoff

Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives,
School of Pharmacy

Mike Jackson

Associate Athletic Director of Development, Inclusion & Engagement,
Wisconsin Athletics


Patrick Jackson

Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs,
School of Human Ecology

Emily Kite

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs,
Law School

Binnu Palta Hill

Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion,
Wisconsin School of Business

Autumn Sanchez

Student Services Coordinator,
Continuing Studies

Manuel Santiago

Director of Multicultural Affairs,
School of Medicine and Public Health

Nathan Schulfer

Director of Professional and International Programs,
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

DeVon Wilson

Assistant Dean,
College of Letters & Science

Christopher Yue

Interim Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Funding,
Graduate School