Dr. Miao-ching Marjorie Liu is the Inclusive Excellence Fellow for the College of Education and Professional Studies. Dr. Liu earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017; she holds a Master’s degree in Continuing and Vocational Education. Dr. Liu has many years of work experience in higher education administration particularly in the area of residential life and multicultural student services. Her research focuses on intercultural learning, comparative and international higher education, and sociology of science. Most recently, Dr. Liu has served as the principle investigator for a study of intercultural learning that is based on a faculty-led travel study course at UW-Whitewater. She is also on the task force of analyzing findings of the 2017 COEPS Climate Survey. In her role as a member of the Chancellor’s Inclusive Excellence Committee and the College’s Diversity Committee, Dr. Liu has engaged in various diversity initiatives including planning the University’s 2018 Fall Forum, designing and facilitating workshops on diversity and micoraggressions, and developing a template of a climate survey for colleges outside COEPS. Dr. Liu is a first-generation college graduate and an immigrant. Dr. Liu is the Non-Traditional Student Award honoree of UW-Madison in 2016.
Matt Lind, J.D. has been working in education for 18 years. Matt Lind is teaching the Legal Issues in Higher Education course. He is currently in the Office of General Counsel at the University of Wisconsin System Administration. In this office, he provides legal advice to UW-Whitewater and the other four year comprehensive schools, UW System Administration, and the Board of Regents. He has worked in that office for ten years, starting as a law clerk. He has provided guest lectures at UW-Whitewater and has done many legal trainings across the UW System for UW employees. He is an expert in immigration and civil rights law as it applies to higher education. He also has expertise in a wide variety of areas from accommodations for disability to zoning law and its application to state government. He previously worked teaching Latin and Spanish for mostly middle-school students. However, he has taught a foreign language at every K-12 grade level. Matt received his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School and his M.Ed. from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Matt is dedicated to including and promoting the next generation of leaders from a wider variety of backgrounds.
Dr. Brent Bilodeau serves as the Assistant Vice-Chancellor for student affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. Brent received a BA from the University of California–Irvine in psychology and his MA in college and university administration and PhD in higher, adult, and lifelong education from Michigan State University. Professionally, he has served in positions in residence life, student life/leadership, multicultural education, and LGBT student affairs. Brent has also served as a diversity trainer for the NCAA. His research interests and publications have included; holistic student learning, LGBT student identity development, college climate for transgender students, domestic student diversity, internationalization, and higher education leadership. Brent’s research on transgender college students has been recognized with a LGBT Knowledge Community Research Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the Scholar Activist Award from the American Educational Research Association.
Dr. Beth John has been working in higher education for 13 years in various leadership roles. She is currently serving as the Director of First Year Experience at UW-Whitewater. The First Year Experience office is responsible for summer orientation and registration programs, fall orientation programs, mentor programs, learning communities, new student seminar, and family programs. Beth also serves as an Advisor for the Edgewood College Doctoral program in Educational Leadership. She previously served as the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Student Activities at Edgewood College and provided leadership to areas of student activities, new student orientation, student organizations, leadership development, and commuter student services. Beth received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education from Edgewood College and her M.S. in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University. Beth believes deeply in the mission and values of UW-Whitewater and believes that this line of work is a "calling" for her. This is evident in her work with students, her commitment to social justice, and her thoughtful, ethical, and reflective practices.
Dr. Courtney Luedkeis an Assistant Professor and the Coordinator of Higher Education Leadership program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Her research focuses on college access, persistence, and success for underserved populations including first-generation, and Students of Color in higher education. She is currently the lead Project Investigator (PI) on a study launched in the fall of 2014 titled, Academic and Career Socialization for Underrepresented Students (ACSUS). ACSUS is a longitudinal multisite case study developed to understand the role of academic and social support programs in critically socializing Students of Color to undergraduate research, career preparation, and strategies for success in college. Most recently, she launched a new study in 2016, which examines the life and collegiate experiences of undocumented Latina/o/x students in higher education. Dr. Luedke welcomes both undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to engage in research with her and her research team, please contact her for more information. Her professional experiences center on pre-collegiate and summer bridge programs; undergraduate research experiences; and student support programs for first-generation students and Students of Color. Dr. Luedke received her Ph. D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis with a concentration in Diversity in Higher Education from the University of Wisconsin, her Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. Dr. Luedke has published several book chapters and journal articles in outlets including: the American Educational Research Journal, Review of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education on issues of equity in higher education for Students of Color. Dr. Luedke serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. Visit Dr. Luedke’s website to learn more about her and her work at: www.CourtneyLLuedke.com
Mario G. Morris, J.D. currently serves as the Director of Financial Operations for the University Of Wisconsin Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, where he has primary oversight of the athletic department financial operations and budget which exceeds $100 million dollars. Mr. Morris is currently pursuing his PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests include higher education issues related to student-athletes as well as finance and legal issues in higher education. Prior to his current role, Mr. Morris worked for several years in the financial services industry. Mario teaches the NCAA Governance and Budget and Financial Management in Athletics and Higher Education courses.
Mr. Morris received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin in 2006. He received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Alabama in 1994 where he was a starting linebacker for the University of Alabama football team that won the national championship in 1992.
Dr. Tom Rios served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater from 2009 - 2017. Immediately after high school, he worked in Milwaukee for 5 years as a telephone operator, factory worker, janitor, and slaughterhouse butcher (he cut the heads off of steers). Upon losing one of his factory jobs, he entered a government program to help unskilled workers learn a new trade. It was in this program that he met a teacher who encouraged him to apply for college. He began college at the age of 23 years, and completed his undergraduate degree in 2.5 years.
Tom earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, his Master’s degree from the University of Arizona, and his Ph.D. from Indiana State University. He has worked at Pima Community College (AZ), UW-Waukesha (WI), Dartmouth College (NH), Allegheny College (PA), Indiana State University (IN), Michigan State University (MI), and UW-Whitewater.
Dr. Elizabeth Watson, PhD, LPC, CRC currently serves as an instructor of the Assessment in Student Affairs (HELEAD 715) course. As a scholar-practitioner Dr. Watson currently is the Director of the Center for Students with Disabilities at UW-Whitewater and has worked with individuals with disabilities for over 24 years. Elizabeth was awarded her Bachelors and Masters from Steven F. Austin University and her PhD from UW-Madison in Rehabilitation Psychology. She has served as a higher education administrator for the past 14 years. Dr. Watson presents regionally and nationally regarding Universal Design and Students with Disabilities, transitioning to college and success, using universal design to create curricular access, and adaptive technologies for accessing learning. She is involved in governance and institutional committees at UW-W and within the UW-System. In addition to her higher education work she is a Licensed Practicing Counselor and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Elizabeth is a voracious reader and is often found simultaneously reading and watching kids baseball games while wearing sassy red pumps, which, by the way, she can run in.