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Equity, Diversity + Inclusion

Faculty + Staff

Your campus, your support team

No matter who you are on campus, the EDI leadership and staff is here to meet your needs, hear your voice, and work as a team to make UWEC better for you. This new division and its leadership in Dr. Tamara Johnson as the inaugural assistant chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion helps solidify our commitment to providing an exceptional educational experience for all students, and a campus community where all members can thrive and succeed.

New campus leadership for EDI

Dr. Tamara A. Johnson is the Assistant Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. In this role, she oversees Affirmative Action, Blugold Beginnings, the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, Multicultural Affairs, the Ronald McNair Program, Services for Students with Disabilities, Student Support Services, the campus police, and Upward Bound.

In this new position, Dr. Johnson coordinates the institutional diversity efforts, including the EDI Implementation Plan and she works diligently to create conditions that foster a welcoming and engaging climate and promote the success of all community members. Recognizing the true value of higher education and a positive learning environment, Dr. Johnson takes her roles as educator, advisor, and administrator very seriously. She approaches her work from a social justice perspective and collaborates with colleagues across campus to address barriers that prohibit community members from reaching their full potential.

Dr. Johnson's most recent work experiences prior to joining UW-Eau Claire were in the Office of the Provost at the University of Chicago and the Division of Student Affairs at Northwestern University. She has worked in a range of higher education offices, including career services, counseling centers, residential life, and multicultural affairs. She also spent time as a consultant with the Department of Veterans Affairs and has taught at Argosy University, the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and Northwestern University.

A few key external roles for Dr. Johnson are serving on the Advisory Board for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), the National Planning Committee for the Faculty Women of Color in the Academy Conference, and a Reviewer for the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Her academic background includes a bachelor's in Psychology, a master's in Human Resources, and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology.

"Education has the potential to change the trajectories of students' lives and I am honored to have an opportunity to work in collaboration with a team of colleagues who all share a common passion for student success. I also love feeling like I am connected to something that is larger than myself and larger than this institution. There is nothing quite like contributing to the conversations that truly result in positive changes that have great potential to impact larger societal issues," Johnson said.
Dr. Tamara Johnson, assistant chancellor for Equirt, Diversity & Inclusion

Dr. Tamara Johnson
Assistant Chancellor for EDI
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Meet the EDI team leadership

  • Education Specialist, UW-Stout (Diversity Education)
  • M.A., Columbia University (Student Personnel Administration)
  • B.S., St. Mary's University (biology)

Supervisory Management, UW-Eau Claire


I coordinate the Civil Rights Pilgrimage, lead Blugold Beginnings, teach GEN and Women’s Studies courses, and provide training for equity, diversity and inclusion for our campus. For 24 years I have marveled at the incredible students we have at UW-Eau Claire. It is an honor for me to teach and learn from our students daily as we work to create pathways for success and provide support through their educational journey.


Matt Evans
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Physics)
  • M.S., University of Minnesota - Duluth (Physics)
  • B.S., University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (Physics)

I have been teaching physics at UWEC since 1999, and have been helping Blugold Fellows find research projects across the university for the past 12 years. In my spare time I teach a class where students train for and complete the Eau Claire half and full marathons while learning about their health. My current role as Interim Ronald E. McNair Program Director will allow me to assist and serve students in their quest to attend graduate school.


Samantha works with Dr. Tamara Johnson to develop and implement strategies to enhance the campus climate.


Samantha is currently a graduate student at UWEC studying literature critical theory and textual analysis. She completed her bachelor’s degree in English from UWEC in December of 2015. She is planning to pursue a PhD in contemporary American Literature in the future, though her literary interests go far beyond this. When she is not working with Dr. Johnson, or writing her thesis, Samantha enjoys practicing salsa with her friends and painting barn quilts with her mother.

Christopher Jorgenson head shot.
  • BA, UW-Eau Claire (English Literature, Music, Women’s Studies)
  • MA, UW-Eau Claire (English Literature & Textual Interpretation)
  • Ed.D. (In Progress), UW-LaCrosse (Student Affairs Administration and Leadership)

When I entered college for the first time, as a first generation, closeted LGBTQIA+ high school graduate, I had no idea what to expect and no guidance to reference what would become a tumultuous journey. Twenty years later, as a professional in higher education, I focus on underrepresented student populations whose path to success is made more difficult—or derailed entirely—by virtue of who they are. As the director of the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center, I aim to create programs/events with content that not only explores but celebrates intersectionality and the beautiful diversity that comprises the UW-Eau Claire campus.

Teresa O'Halloran

J.D., New York University School of Law
B.A., UW-Madison (political science, international relations)

Teresa joined UW-Eau Claire in 2006 as Affirmative Action Director. She collaborates with departments and units across campus in support of equal opportunity, affirmative action, and workforce diversity. Teresa also provides oversight and strategic direction for our University Police Department and serves as campus Title IX Coordinator, Custodian for Public Records, and Legal Liaison to UW System.
  •   Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln (English)
  •   M.A., Iowa State University (English)
  •   B.A., Iowa State University (English)

I provide administrative leadership for the SSS program, including responsibility for supervision of staff, budgeting, program planning, documentation, and evaluation. I have worked with the TRIO programs for three decades now, and I find myself inspired daily by the dedication and commitment of the students.

Chief of Police Dave Sprick
Vicky Thomas
  • M.Ed., Boston University (Counseling, German overseas program)
  • M.S., UW-Stout and UW-Eau Claire (Counseling)
  • B.S., Montana State University (Rehabilitation & Related Services)

Recipient of the U.S. Army Commander's Award for Public Service


Working with students with disabilities at UWEC has been one of the most rewarding opportunities in my career. As a spouse of an Army veteran my work has been dedicated to serving others. Here at the university I work alongside committed staff members in our office and collaborate with campus departments to ensure equal access for students with disabilities. In addition to providing disability accommodations we offer advising and career services through our federal grant TRIO Project AIM, Ability in Motion. As I join my colleagues in helping students advocate for their disability-related needs, I’m reminded of the importance our office plays in the Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity mission. It is truly gratifying to see our students overcome challenges and achieve remarkable success.

Charles Vue, OMA director
  • M.S.W., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S.W., University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Kimamo Wahome, Upward Bound
  • M.B.A., Wichita State University
  • B.S., Kansas Newman University (business administration)

Ariyana is currently working with Dr. Johnson as her Equity, Diversity and Inclusion intern. Together they tackle many projects to make this university as welcoming and supportive as possible.


Originally from Milwaukee, WI Ariyana Dryden is a freshman who selected UWEC because of the Blugold Beginnings Program and all the cultural diversity it has to offer, along with the rigorous academic curriculum. She is currently an active member of the Black Student Alliance and exploring other co-curricular opportunities. Her passion lies with helping others and she plans to complete a degree in Special Education- Specific Learning Disabilities and Elementary Education with a Minor in Dance. Ariyana is a die-hard Green Bay Packer fan and enjoys spending time with family and friends in her free time.

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