Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Support Programs Shining Star

Vanessa Pérez serves as the Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Diversity, Engagement and Success (SDES), where she is responsible for overseeing SDES programs, initiatives and experiences that facilitate enhanced student access, retention, engagement, graduation, and success. SDES houses several High Impact Practices (HIPs), which complement other SDES initiatives and campus programs. SDES and UW-W collaborators, together, foster a campus community that is characterized by inclusive excellence and promotes holistic educational experiences for all students at UW-W.

Vanessa joins us from Carroll University, where as Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Co-Chair for the President’s Taskforce of Institutional Inclusion, she provided sustained direction for the university’s strategic diversity goals and initiatives and oversaw college pathway and identity-based programs, including the Office of Global Education, Health Careers Opportunity Programs, Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Pre-College Programs. Vanessa offers over 15 years of experience serving as a bilingual educator with a demonstrated history of successful program management, strategic recruitment, retention and completion efforts, as well as the advisement of students with diverse academic interests and backgrounds.

As a proud Milwaukee Public School alumnus and Title IV TRIO Student Support Services beneficiary, her passion is to continue advancing social justice and facilitating learning environments that foster support, inclusion and the development of the entire student.

“We are excited to welcome Vanessa as our Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for SDES and the Division.  She brings a wealth of knowledge, skills, and abilities that are certain to provide the University with continued leadership in the EDI space.”  Dr. Kenny E. Yarbrough