Dr. Renee Gralewicz is a descendant of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans and an enrolled member of the Brothertown Nation. Her journey started in Milwaukee, WI and led her across the globe, primarily at the courtesy of the United States Army. After retiring from the Army, Renee became Dr. Gralewicz by earning her PhD from Washington State University. Dr Gralewicz worked within the UW system, retiring in 2020 from UW Oshkosh. Since then, she’s focused her work on indigenous rights, particularly on the missing and murdered indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit peoples crisis. One current position she holds is on the WI Department of Justice MMIW taskforce, co-chair of the Legal and Policy subcommittee.

 

Jane Banning earned her Masters of Science in Social Work from UW-Madison in 1979. She worked in heath care for twelve years and then directed the Clinical Teaching and Assessment Center at UW School of Medicine and Public Health for sixteen years. Following retirement, she was an adjunct faculty member for Nicolet College, taught at the YMCA of the Northwoods and worked as a contact tracer for Oneida County Heath Department. Currently, she’s on the Board of Directors for the League of Women Voters of the Northwoods and is the co-chair of the Curriculum Committee for the Learning in Retirement program for Nicolet College. She enjoys reading, writing and pickle ball.

Dr. Ozalle Toms has worked in the field of education for over 20 years. She earned her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her areas of interest are teacher preparation, campus climate and culturally responsive instruction. Her long-standing passion for education was ignited during her eight-year tenure as a high school special education teacher. At her current campus she is actively involved in initiatives relating to supporting university students who have aged out of foster care, those relating to student success and equity, access and inclusion.

 

Dr. Toms joined the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2012 as a faculty member in the college of education and professional studies but has served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student, Diversity, Engagement and Success since June 2019. Dr. Toms conducts training at the campus, state, national and international levels on Microaggressions, Civil Discourse, White Privilege and Reducing Unconscious Bias in the Hiring Process. She also provides training to K-12 personnel and school districts on supporting at-risk youth and creating inclusive environments. She is also the author of “Letting Perseverance Finish” and the owner of Doc Oz LLC (docozllc.com)

Dr. Susan H. McFadden is Professor Emerita of Psychology, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses on a wide variety of topics, ranging from Introductory Psychology, to the History of Psychology, and her specialty, Adult Development and Aging. With her students, she maintained an active program of research and scholarship focused on attitudes about dementia, arts and cultural programs for persons living with dementia, and expressions of religiousness and spirituality among older adults. Dr. McFadden retired from the University in June, 2012, and now volunteers in many capacities for Fox Valley Memory Project (FVMP: www.foxvalleymemoryproject.org), a nonprofit she co-founded in 2012. FVMP’s programs and services aim to create a “dementia-friendly community” in northeast Wisconsin. Her most recent book is Dementia-Friendly Communities: Why We Need Them and How We Can Create Them (2021, Jessica Kingsley Publishers).

 

Barb Paterick is a native of Janesville. She previously practiced law in Madison and Rochester, MN. She recently lived in Green Bay where she was a Board Member of the League of Women Voters of Greater Green Bay, and participated on the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Legislative Committee, focusing on redistricting/fair maps and the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC). Since 2019, Barb has participated in the nonprofit organization National Popular Vote’s national grassroots volunteer leaders group and has chaired the Wisconsin League of Women Voters’ National Popular Vote working committee, which she continues to chair after moving in January, 2022, to Oak Park, Illinois.

Dr. Angela Subulwa became the Director of the International Studies Program at UW Oshkosh in Fall 2020. She previously served as Department Chair for Geography, having been on faculty in the department since 2008. Dr. Subulwa serves as a Faculty Advisor for the UWO Model United Nations, is Co-Chair of the College of Letters and Science Faculty Committee, and is on the Women’s and Gender Studies Steering Committee. Dr. Subulwa earned her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Kansas in 2009. Her research focuses on understanding the political, economic, environmental, development, and social challenges of (dis)(em)placement in the African context. Dr. Subulwa’s work is generally based in southern and eastern Africa.

Dr. Alicia Johnson has served as Director of the UW Oshkosh Women’s Center since July 2016 and led the expansion of the Division of Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence to the Fox Cities and Fond du Lac campuses of UW Oshkosh in 2021. Previously she taught in the UW Oshkosh Women’s and Gender Studies program. Dr. Johnson has a Ph.D. in Sport Studies with a specialization in Socio-Cultural Studies, cognate in Cultural Anthropology, and certificates in Women’s Studies, Grant Writing and Proposal Development, and Graduate Teaching from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Johnson serves as President for the Oshkosh Branch of the American Association of University Women.

Erika Sanders (she/her) is Director of Program Services for the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council (MMFHC). Ms. Sanders has been employed with MMFHC since 1998, and supervises its statewide Outreach and Education Program, ensuring that comprehensive information about fair housing rights is available to residents of Wisconsin. Ms. Sanders designs outreach campaigns that support Wisconsin communities’ efforts to combat illegal housing discrimination and to create and maintain racially and economically integrated housing patterns. As part of MMFHC outreach and education campaigns, she conducts presentations directly to housing consumers, social service agencies, community groups and faith-based organizations, and provides fair housing training to owners and managers of rental housing. She holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Oberlin College.

Julie Konik earned her PhD in Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, where her dissertation focused on sexual harassment and anti-LGBT harassment experienced by higher education faculty and staff. She currently works as a Psychology Instructor at Lakeshore Technical College, and she serves as the Faculty Co-Chair of LTC’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Through her teaching, activism, and research, Julie hopes to facilitate diverse environments where all can thrive!

Christine Smith is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Her PhD is in Social Psychology, which pioneered the theory of implicit bias. As UWGB, she teaches courses that address sexism, racism, and heterosexism, and coordinates a program to increase retention rates for undergraduate students of color. She is the Program Chair and DEI co-chair with AAUW-Sheboygan.

Julie A. Mavity Maddalena is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Director of the Ulrich Center for Faith, Ethics, and Justice at Lakeland University. Her PhD is in Social Ethics, and she is the lead faculty member for Lakeland’s Social Justice Studies program. The Ulrich Center oversees DEIB work at Lakeland. Julie teaches courses and facilitates trainings on issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, with a focus on intersections of class, race, gender, and sexuality.

Dasha Kelly Hamilton is a writer, performance artist, curator and facilitator. Ultimately, she’s a creative change agent, leveraging the creative process toward human and social wellness.
Her nonprofit, Still Waters Collective, initiated literary arts programming for 20 years, creating platforms for thousands of voices to be honored and heard. The organization continues to partner on impact projects, including a creative leadership fellowship. Dasha has written for national, regional and local magazines; produced three collections of poetry; recorded four spoken word CDs; published two novels and one collection of personal vignettes; has work included in several anthologies; and performed in the last season of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. Her stage production, Makin’ Cake, will tour nationally beginning in 2022.
Dasha served as an Arts Envoy for the U.S. Embassy to teach, perform and facilitate community building initiatives in Botswana and the island of Mauritius. She was also an artist in residence in Beirut and Toronto. Dasha has been an adjunct professor at Mount Mary University, Alverno College, Bryant & Stratton, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a recruiter and mentor with University of Wisconsin’s First Wave Scholars Program. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, an MA in Marketing Communications from Roosevelt University and a BS in Public Relations from Illinois State University.
Dasha is former Artist of the Year for the City of Milwaukee and the city’s 11 th Poet Laureate. She has been named a 2020 national Rubinger Fellow and 2021-22 Poet Laureate for the State of Wisconsin.

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Toni K. Rivera Joachin is the CEO/Executive Director of FAST® Families & Schools Together, a non-profit organization that exists to make a critical difference for families facing challenges by empowering parents, strengthening families, developing social networks, and supporting schools and communities so that children can thrive. Toni has an undergraduate degree in Community Education, as well as a certificate in Latino Nonprofit Leadership, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master’s in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University. She has also served as President and CEO of Centro Hispano Milwaukee. Other roles include positions with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, and the Aurora Weir Educational Center.