Dr. Tamara Johnson, a higher education administrator with extensive experience in diversity, student affairs and faculty affairs, joined UW-Eau Claire in June as the university’s inaugural assistant chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI).
“We are so very pleased to have Dr. Johnson with us in this vitally important role in our campus community,” said Chancellor James Schmidt. “Her highly relevant previous experience already is proving invaluable as she leads stakeholders across campus in continuing to implement UW-Eau Claire’s EDI plan.”
As a member of the chancellor’s executive leadership team, Johnson guides and advises the chancellor and university leadership on EDI efforts, identifies opportunities for institutional improvement related to EDI, and directly oversees campuswide initiatives in service to UW-Eau Claire’s goals for an equitable and inclusive university for all students, faculty and staff.
Johnson directs UW-Eau Claire’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and oversees the following campus units: Affirmative Action, Blugold Beginnings, Gender & Sexuality Resource Center, Ronald McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, Services for Students with Disabilities, Student Support Services, Upward Bound, and University Police. She also oversees the campus Bias Incident Response Team.
Johnson previously served as the director of faculty diversity initiatives in the Office of the Provost at The University of Chicago and executive director of Multicultural Student Affairs at Northwestern University. Her additional higher education experience included three years as the associate director of University Career Services at Northwestern, as well as a pre-doctoral internship in Student Counseling Services at Illinois State University and three years as an assistant hall director at Indiana State University. Her teaching experience included serving as faculty associate in Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy and adjunct professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Argosy University.
Johnson received a doctorate of philosophy in counseling psychology from Indiana State University, a master’s degree and advanced certificate in human resource education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, also from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Top photo cutline: Dr. Tamara Johnson is pictured with leadership staff in UW-Eau Claire's Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Standing, from left, are Jodi Thesing-Ritter, executive director for diversity and inclusion and director of Blugold Beginnings; Kimamo Wahome, Upward Bound director; Bruce Ouderkirk, director of Student Support Services; David Sprick, chief of University Police; Teresa O'Halloran, assistant to the chancellor for affirmative action; and Christopher Jorgenson, director of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. Seated, from left, are Matt Evans, interim director of the UW-Eau Claire McNair Program; Vicky Thomas, director of Services for Students with Disabilities; Johnson; and Charles Vue, associate director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.