“I supervise practicum students. I
work with Safe Zone Training. I serve
on the Faculty-Staff Gay-Straight
Alliance and Housing committees.
I am attending a conference in
Washington D.C. on bystander
intervention and that’s just after two
weeks on the job. More is guaranteed
to come,” Oltmanns said.
Busy, but prepared for the job,
Oltmanns has many qualifications
that helped her attain the position.
“As an undergraduate student at
the University of Illinois at Chicago,
I really started my academic career
in gender and sexuality. My research
focus, as an English major, was gender
and sexuality issues and I filled
my time with gender and women’s
studies courses,” Oltmanns said.
When she was an undergraduate,
she worked for the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies on her
campus. At her first post-college job,
she started the LGBTQ organization
at Ashford University in Clinton,
“There I also obtained my master
of arts in education, emphasis in
higher education, research focus
in LGBTQ students as at-risk
populations, their inclusion and
their retention on college campuses,”
Oltmanns spent years as an
academic administrator in the field
of LGBTQ studies and advocacy.
In those years, her work revolved
around formal study, research and
publication and volunteer work.
“It’s a natural compulsion of mine
to educate and create awareness, to
never stop advocating,” Oltmanns
said. “I plan to be innovative and
relentless. I want to work with
everyone on campus to make
everything in existence even better.”
Oltmanns said she is very
impressed with awareness UWSP has to a number of issues. She likes the
fact that anyone from any background
or social group has mentors and
resources to go to, including athletes
and students with disabilities.
“The campus is already a great,
inclusive atmosphere, but with
someone dedicated full-time to this
role, it can only grow as a nurturing,
supportive home to LGBTQ students
and all students in general,” Oltmanns
With Oltmanns serving as
UWSP’s new gender and sexuality
outreach coordinator, students should
feel comfortable having her as an
Oltmanns said that after a full day
of interviewing for the position, she
knew if she did not get to come back
and work with everyone full-time she
would have been heartbroken.