Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Support Programs Shining Star

Jodi B. Simek

The Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Support Programs (EDI&SP) recognizes Jodi B. Simek, the International Education Manager in the Office of International Students and Scholars, as a Shining Star. 

Jodi is a Wisconsin native and has been at UW-Whitewater since 2018. She spent about 10 years working internationally (primarily Ukraine) and throughout the United States prior to returning to work in international education in Wisconsin. Beginning at UW-Eau Claire, and currently at UW-Whitewater.

At UW-Whitewater, Jodi focusses on maintaining institutional compliance with federal regulation which governs international/exchange students and providing guidance to students/scholars on meeting their visa status responsibilities. In addition to her work with students/scholars, Jodi enjoys working with faculty/staff to educate them about the cultural and visa requirements placed on international/exchange students.

As a one-person office, Jodi works closely with colleagues across the United States and world to ensure that UW-Whitewater is at the forefront of supporting international/exchange students/scholars and compliance responsibilities. Because of this, Jodi has received awards in the international arena including: recipient of the Team Player award by the International Student and Scholar Practice & Technology Conference, IELTS USA Best Practices Award, in addition to recognition for including design thinking in international/exchange student orientation. Jodi is frequently an invited panelist and presenter on topics of international education and immigration compliance.

Jodi earned her bachelor degrees in business administration and accounting from Växjö University (now Linnaeus University) in Växjö, Sweden, and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her master’s degree from the University of Kansas in Russian, East European, Eurasian Studies (Ukrainian Track).

Please join us, as we congratulate and celebrate Jodi B. Simek.