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Beth John

Dr. Beth John

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.

Courtney Luedke

Dr. Courtney Luedke

Dr. Courtney Luedke is 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

Matt Lind, J.D. 

Matt Lind, J.D.

Attorney Matt Lind 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.

Elizabeth Watson

Dr. Elizabeth Watson

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.

Dr. Marijuana Vandyck

Dr. Marijuana Vandyck

Dr. Marijuana Vandyck, serves as an Inclusive Excellence Lecturer/Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the College of Education & Professional Studies. Dr. Vandyck holds a PhD in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Education, a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, and a Bachelor’s degree in Education. Research interests include college access, persistence and graduation, and factors impacting PreK-16 academic achievement in marginalized student populations. Dr. Vandyck previously served as the director of the TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program at Beloit College serving first generation, low income, and multi-ability students. From 2009-2015 she served the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater as Coordinator of Recruitment and Retention and Director of the Future Teacher/ Minority Teacher Programs in the College of Education & Professional Studies and academic advisor in the Academic Advising and Exploration Center and the Pathways for Success program. Marijuana loves to read historical romance novels, camp, and kayak while taking care of her loving husband Fredrick, son Isaac, two pigs, 13 ducks, 15 chickens, and 110 guinea fowl. A firm believer in giving back and uplifting others, Dr. Vandyck established the Marijuana Pepsi Scholarship for first generation low-income African-American students enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, her alma mater.

Dr. Jamilia L. Lee

Dr. Jamilia L. Lee-Johnson

Dr. Jamilia L. Lee-Johnson, serves as an Inclusive Excellence Lecturer/Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the College of Education & Professional Studies. Dr. Vandyck holds a PhD in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Education, a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, and a Bachelor’s degree in Education. Research interests include college access, persistence and graduation, and factors impacting PreK-16 academic achievement in marginalized student populations. Dr. Vandyck previously served as the director of the TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program at Beloit College serving first generation, low income, and multi-ability students. From 2009-2015 she served the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater as Coordinator of Recruitment and Retention and Director of the Future Teacher/ Minority Teacher Programs in the College of Education & Professional Studies and academic advisor in the Academic Advising and Exploration Center and the Pathways for Success program. Marijuana loves to read historical romance novels, camp, and kayak while taking care of her loving husband Fredrick, son Isaac, two pigs, 13 ducks, 15 chickens, and 110 guinea fowl. A firm believer in giving back and uplifting others, Dr. Vandyck established the Marijuana Pepsi Scholarship for first generation low-income African-American students enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, her alma mater.

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