IE Fellowship Program Recipients 


donald dantzler

Donald is a PhD candidate in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests include examining wage and employment differences in the teaching labor market (K-12 and collegiate) and exploring intervention mechanisms—such as structured mentoring programs—that aid in the academic success of African American males at predominately white institutions of higher education. He has also co-lead several evaluation projects with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research and has written and published articles on the Economics of Education. He earned his Master's and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Higher Education Leadership and Economics. Mr. Dantzler currently serves as an Inclusive Excellence Fellow in the College of Business and Economics.


Alexandria Delcourt received her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing Program in 2014. Her creative work focuses largely on questions identity, belonging, and representation, especially as they relate to love, food, the body, relationships, and larger cultural forces like colonialism and race/ethnicity. She is currently working on a first collection of poems, which delves into her own experiences growing up in rural Wisconsin, as well as a historical fiction novel based on her great-grandmother who lived in the Philippines in the years leading up to World War II. She is largely influenced by traditional forms of storytelling, folklore, and myth. She has a particular interest in indigenous literature, post/colonial expressions of identity, and the role of language in how we interact with the world around us. Her work has appeared in Kalyani Magazine, FULCRUM: An Anthology of Poetry and Aesthetics, Poetry Quarterly, As/Us: A Space for Women of the World, Written River, and other publications. Ms. Delcourt currently serves as an Inclusive Excellence Fellow in the College of Letters and Sciences.


nicholas gulig

Nicholas Gulig is a Thai-American poet from Wisconsin. Educated at the University of Montana (BA), the Iowa Writer's Workshop (MFA), and the University of Denver (PhD) his work has been published over thirty times in various print and on-line journals such as the Colombia Poetry Review, the Black Warrior Review, the Los Angeles Review, the Colorado Review, and Cutbank. The author of two book-length poems, “North of Order” (YesYes Books, 2015) and “Book of Lake” (Cutbank Press, 2016), his work has also received numerous national awards. The recipient of the Wisconsin Academy of Arts and Letters Poetry Prize, the Grist Pro-Forma Prize, the Black Warrior Review Poetry Prize, the Cutbank prize for Prose Poetry, the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, The Red Hen Press Poetry Award, and the Camber Press Chapbook Award, his most recent manuscript, “ORIENT,” a finalist for both the Omnidawn Poetry Prize and the Pleiades’ Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize, recently won the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Book Award and is slated for publication in the Spring of 2018. He has also served in an editorial capacity at both the Iowa Review and the Denver Quarterly. Since receiving a Fulbright Fellowship in 2010-2011, Gulig’s creative and critical work has focused primarily on binary (mis)constructions of "eastern" and "western" cultural ideals as they occur in both popular and academic mediums. Of his writing, Graham Foust has written that Gulig’s poems are "a record of someone struggling to find the vital combinations for the words with which he's both struck and stuck, an essaying that succeeds in creating for us-in lines and stanzas and sentences- something akin to a new vocabulary. Here is language “hungered into,” which is to say “verse,” that strangest of nourishments." Dr. Gulig now serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages and Literatures and runs the Warhawk Reading and Lecture Series.




Milwaukee based visual artist Mutópe J. Johnson received his MFA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Peck School of the Arts - Department of Art & Design. Johnson also earned a BFA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater - Fine Arts Program. Johnson was selected 1 of 2 out of a crowded field of MFA graduate students by the UWM Art & Design faculty as a National 2014 Daedalus Foundation Award-nominee. (Fellowship awards granted to notable graduating MFA students). Mutópe represented UWM Cultures and Community Department as a distinguished 2013-14 Imagining America P.A.G.E. Scholar, (Publicly Active Graduate in Education). Mutópe’s professional background and broad range of experiences have included positions at large and small graphic design companies, advertising agencies and marketing communications firms, where he served in positions such as Chief Creative Officer, Global Marketing Brands Manager, Creative Director and Art Director while concurrently painting for more than 15 years as a professional visual artist. Mutópe was co-founder of the former Strive Media Institute, a Milwaukee-based nonprofit training ground for teens in TV, communications and journalism. Johnson’s volunteer service includes: serving as a Board member of the Urban Economic Development Association - Wisconsin (UEDA), former board member of the City of Milwaukee–Arts Board, Milwaukee Art Museum African-American Art Alliance–Board of Directors and University of Wisconsin Whitewater - College of Arts and Communications former Advisory Board member. Mutópe’s visual art works have been included in art exhibitions at the Overture Center Fine Arts Gallery, Madison, WI. • UWM Peck School of the Arts INOVA Gallery • Charles Allis Fine Arts Museum, Milwaukee • Northern Kentucky University • Charles A. Wustum Fine Arts Museum, Racine Wisconsin • Milwaukee Art Museum • Juxtaposition Gallery Minneapolis and Susan Woodson Gallery Chicago along with many others. Johnson has stated; “As an Inclusive Excellence Program Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, it will be my interest to make sure that students will want to develop their own creative and intellectual abilities. This intellectual ability can find its expression in a variety of forms such as visual, verbal, and individual performance. The theory being, if the students can gain self-awareness of their creative and artistic abilities, they can then work through various situations wherein they can become lifelong learners as well as long-term creative professionals.”



Miao-ching holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Advocating for diverse epistemologies and philosophies is at the heart of Miao-ching’s identity as an intellectual. Her research interests include comparative higher education, intercultural learning, and sociology of science. Since she joined UW-Whitewater in Fall 2017, Miao-ching has embarked on a research project and served as the Principle Investigator for a study of intercultural Learning that is based on a faculty-led travel study course at UW-Whitewater. Before she entered academe, Miao-ching was a journalist in Taiwan and the U.S., and later a higher education leadership practitioner in diversity and inclusiveness at UW-Madison. Miao-ching currently serves as an Inclusive Excellence Fellow in the College of Education and Professional Studies.


courtney luedke

Courtney Luedke earned her PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Luedke is currently serving as the Lead-PI on a study launched in the fall of 2014 titled, Academic and Career Socialization for Underrepresented Students (ACSUS). ACSUS is a longitudinal multi-site case study developed to understand the role of academic and social support programs in socializing underrepresented students to undergraduate research, career preparation, and strategies for success in college. Dr. Luedke leads a research team of both undergraduate and graduate student researchers in related research that examines equity in higher education. In addition to her research involvement, Dr. Luedke advises the UWW Chapter of Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority. Dr. Luedke now serves as an Assistant Professor in Higher Education Leadership in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction.


kaori miyawaki

Kaori earned her BA in English and Intercultural Communication from Dokkyo University, Japan, and then moved to Cedar Falls, Iowa to pursue her MA in Communication at the University of Northern Iowa in. Next, she studied at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she earned her PhD in Communication. Her specialty is rhetorical criticism. Her research areas are rhetoric of identity, social movements, race, gender, and immigration. A recent study examined the ways in which ethnic identity, loyalty, and citizenship were rhetorically constructed in the U.S. She did this by analyzing the discourse surrounding Japanese-American incarceration during World War II.


andrea romero

Andrea Romero earned her PhD at the University of Kansas in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. After completing her Inclusive Excellence Fellowship in the College of Letters and Sciences, she was hired as an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she contributes to the departments of Biological Sciences, Environmental Science, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Her courses usually take an interdisciplinary approach and are focused on hands-on learning. Dr. Romero is very interested in how to increase the participation of underserved groups in STEM, and has worked with various initiatives and programs that have similar goals. In terms of her research, Dr. Romero is interested in how human-modified landscapes affect mammal communities and populations, particularly in the tropics. Now that she lives in Wisconsin, she has also started more local research projects related to both environmental science and women’s participation and portrayal in science.