No matter who you are on campus, the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Student Affairs (EDISA) Leadership Team 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 vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and student affairs helps solidify our commitment to providing an exceptional educational experience for all students, and a campus community where all members can thrive and succeed.
Campus leadership for EDI + Student Affairs
Dr. Tamara A. Johnson is the vice chancellor for equity, diversity, and inclusion and student affairs 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), on the National Planning Committee for the Faculty Women of Color in the Academy Conference, and as a reviewer for the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Her academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree 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.
Meet the EDI + Student Affairs Leadership Team