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Race and Ethnic Studies

Contact Information

Pilar Melero
Professor & Program Coordinator
Phone: (262) 472-3173
Location: Laurentide 3106

Mary Alkons
Academic Department Associate  
Phone: (262) 472-1042
Location: Laurentide 4233

Meet Our Students

Students

Kaylee Gramly

Kaylee Gramly

Major: Sociology

Minors: Race and Ethnic Studies; Data Science

Kaylee Gramly is a Senior at UW-Whitewater from Aurora, Illinois. She is pursuing a BS in Sociology with minors in Race & Ethnic Studies and Data Science and also a Diversity Leadership Certificate. The Race and Ethnic Studies minor caught Kaylee’s attention because she believes it to be a great source of supplemental information to her major. Outside of the classroom, Kaylee has served on the Executive Board for the Honors Student Association, while also being heavily involved in the Undergraduate Research Program. Through her studies of Sociology and Race and Ethnic Studies, Kaylee has found a passion for qualitative research. Her current research project is titled, Misperceptions of Racial and Ethnic Student Organizations on a Predominately White Campus. After graduation, Kaylee hopes to attend graduate school in pursuit of a PHD in Sociology.


Lexi Caruso

Kaylee Gramly

Major: Liberal Studies

Minor: Race and Ethnic Studies

Lexi Caruso is currently in her last year pursuing a Liberal Studies degree in the Bachelor of the Arts with a minor in Race and Ethnic Studies. Lexi transferred to UW-Whitewater her sophomore year of college from a private-affiliated school right outside of Milwaukee. She was able to find more connections at Whitewater in organizations such as S.A.G.E., the University Garden, and the diverse events held on campus that focus on integration and inclusiveness. Lexi gets her motivation from outdoor activities such as longboarding, walking her dog, admiring plants, and anything involved with the sun on her skin. Her dreams lie somewhere between the advocacy of mental health, acceptance of all people, an awareness of climate change, and the celebration of all human beings. She also loves quoting Spongebob Squarepants and jamming out to Frank Ocean while preaching that love is all we need.


Jake Deak

Major: Sociology 

Minor: Race and Ethnic Studies 


I’m a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater from Lake in the Hills Illinois. I’m pursuing a major in sociology while minoring in race and ethnic studies. I chose this minor because I have always been intrigued with race and how it comes into play within our society. It was a subject that I have written a lot of papers about and it continues to lead me to new things that I have never known before. I ultimately chose this minor because no matter what job I get into, this minor will allow me to understand different races and all the people I work with. I want to do something in the mental health industry or become a Behavioral Technician. I have always loved being around people and working with them so I think that this minor provides an extended view of races within our society. I love having in depth conversations with people, and I love watching and playing baseball.