College of Education & Professional Studies


Contact Us

Office: Winther Hall Information Desk window (main floor lobby)
Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday
Phone: (262) 472-1101


Meet the Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

Dr. Ozalle Toms

Dr. Ozalle Toms is an associate professor of special education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She earned her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her areas of interest are teacher education, campus culture, supporting foster youth and culturally responsive instruction. She was a high school special education teacher for 8 years supporting students with learning disabilities, behavior disorders and intellectual disabilities. Dr. Toms is the diversity coordinator for her college and an advocate for inclusion, diversity and equity. At UW-Whitewater she is actively involved in initiatives relating to supporting university students who have aged out of foster care and faculty perceptions of mentoring as it relates to underrepresented and first generation college students. Dr. Toms has conducted trainings at the college and university level on Microaggressions, Civil Discourse, White Privilege and Reducing Unconscious Bias during the Hiring Process.

Contact information                                  Office Hours

5040 Winther Hall                                             Mondays 12:00-2:00pm

(262) 472-5813 office                                         Wednesdays 1:30-3:30pm

(608) 295-5863 cell                                            Thursdays 3:30-5:00pm or by appointment

College of Education and Professional Studies Statement on Diversity

Diversity is a multifaceted construct. One facet of diversity is the variety of visible and invisible differences that exist among individuals including, but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, religion, and sexual identity.  Another facet of diversity is the openness to developing knowledge about other cultures and understanding how one's own biases might affect one's worldview and interactions with others. This understanding and knowledge of individual differences and diverse cultures is critical for those working in all disciplines in our college.

COEPS strives to create an inclusive community in which students, faculty, and staff feel safe, respected, and valued. We strive to not only demonstrate openness and respect in our interactions with each other, but to help students develop multicultural competence in their future professional endeavors. 

Have any ideas or requests for Diversity programming? Please submit them here.


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UW-Whitewater I Want to be a Teacher Camp (June 2018)

They may only be high schoolers, but they're ready to change the lives of the next generation of students. These future teachers were part of the first ever "I Want To Be a Teacher Camp" at UW-Whitewater, which is conducted for high school students considering the teaching field. Students met with current students and faculty, participated in an education course, taught a lesson at the university's childcare center and had time for bowling and other recreation (UW-Whitewater 📷Craig Schreiner)


Future Teachers Summer (FTP) Institute

The Future Teachers Summer Institute is a program exclusively for education majors who have already been admitted to UW-Whitewater for the coming fall term. This unique, award-winning program gives incoming freshmen a chance to get a jump start in learning about the requirements for admission into professional education in a fun environment, explore professional career opportunities in education, find out about the required assessments for education majors, and explore paid opportunities for undergraduate research while developing leadership skills.Participants will also attend an orientation, have networking opportunities, automatically have a spot in the Future Teachers Learning Community, and attend faculty and student led workshops on how to succeed in college.  Students will also have the opportunity to take part in hands on seminars, meet their assigned peer mentors, and learn the best ways to go about applying for and earning internships and jobs both during their time in college and after.

FTP Institute 2018



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UWW Inclusive Excellence Home Page

Inclusive Excellence and Diversity Committee

This Committee provides support & guidance to all diversity efforts in the College. The committee also provides recommendations on strategies, policies, plans, and resources to support and address diversity within and across the College. The committee will collaborate with other committees in the College such as the College's Strategic Planning and Budgeting Committee and the Curriculum Committee.

This committee will actively recruit applicants for the university's Inclusive Excellence Fellowship program. If a fellow is assigned to the College, members of this committee will provide mentorship and support to the Fellow.

Committee Members 

Ozalle Toms - Chair
Ola Bamgbose
Ann Durst
Kathleen Happel
Gretchen Kinney
Jenna Cushing-Leubner
Miao-ching Marjorie Liu
Casey O'Keefe
Kyle Supianoski
Wade Tillett
Brooke Winchell


Campus Food Panty

Located in: White Hall

Address: 847 W Starin Rd, Whitewater, WI 53190 

The Campus Food Pantry is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2-5pm in White Hall. While the primary audience is students, faculty and staff are welcome as well. We offer a variety of nonperishable food and toiletries, and you are welcome to take what you need from the shelves yourselves with certain limitations. 

Contact or 262 472-1860 for more information or to access food when the pantry is not open.

Warhawk Success Closet 

The Warhawk Success Closet is a University initiative to provide students access to free professional and business appropriate attire. What's helpful in exerting confidence is feeling confident and looking your best. So stop by and check out what the Success Closet has to offer.

The location of the Success Closet is in the Career & Leadership Development Department or in the University Center, room 146. The hours of operation are from Monday through Friday from 8am - 5pm or by appointment.Phone: (262) 472-1471