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OUR MISSION

The primary mission of Diversity and College Access (DCA) is to improve the retention and graduation rates for African American, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Latinx, Native American and LGBTQ+ students. DCA connects these students to on and off campus resources and supports pre-college programs for low-income, first generation and academically at-risk high school students.

RESOURCE CENTER FOR STUDENTS

In addition to the main DCA Office, Diversity and College Access houses three centers in the Dreyfus University Center. These include the Multicultural Resource Center, the Queer Resource Center and the Native American Center.

MULTICULTURAL RESOURCE CENTER

The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) at UW-Stevens Point is designed to meet the specific needs of students from traditionally underrepresented groups. Conveniently housed in room 208 of the Dreyfus University Center, the MRC provides students with academic and social opportunities, seeking to encourage the success of UWSP’s Native American, Asian American, African American, and Latina/Latino/Latinx students.

Dreyfus University Center 070B
1015 Reserve Street
CASE Box #22
Stevens Point, WI 54481-3897
bsu@uwsp.edu
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The University of Wisconsin Stevens Point Black Student Union (BSU) focuses on creating an environment, which serves as a support system for students both academically and socially. It also provides a place where students can feel comfortable sharing common joys and concerns. All while being surrounded by people who share the same passion to make a difference in both their communities and on campus. BSU strives to break down negative stereotypes attached to the black community, through the promotion of a positive image of our culture. Our members serve as educators and representatives of  black culture and heritage.

Hmong and South East Asain American Club (​HaSEAAC)

1015 Reserve Street 064
CASE Box #92
Stevens Point, WI 54481-3987
haseaac@uwsp.edu
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The purpose of the Hmong and South East Asian American Club (HaSEAAC) is to promote awareness and provide an extensive understanding of the Hmong and Southeast Asian culture to the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and the local community through personal experience, knowledge and/or historical understanding.  HaSEAAC pursues this purpose by engaging in significant volunteer activities and creating events for the public, which in turn provides leadership opportunities for the members of HaSEAAC.

​Latino Student Alliance (LSA)

1015 Reserve Street 070D
CASE Box #105
Stevens Point, WI 54481-3897
lsa@uwsp.edu
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Latino Student Alliance is a student organization that works to promote a deeper understanding of Latin American cultures through educational events, presentations, and entertainment.

CONNECT WITH MRC

Find Your Home in the Multicultural Resource Center

Connect with us by visiting the Dreyfus University Center, Room 208 (1015 Reserve Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481) or give us a call at 715-346-4791.

QUEER RESOURCE CENTER

The Queer Resource Center (QRC) is a collaboration of the student organizations Gender-Sexuality Alliance and Women’s Liberation Coalition, the Faculty/Staff Gender-Sexuality Alliance at UWSP, and the Student Affairs department, Diversity and College Access. The center strives for the comprehensive support, education, and empowerment of LGBTQ+ identifying Students, Staff, and Faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Our outreach and scope provide resources to the Central Wisconsin community connected to our branch campuses at Stevens Point, Wausau, and Marshfield. All are welcome to take advantage of the center’s free printing, lounge area, books, movies, personal care products, and much more!

Connect With QRC

Find Your Home in the Queer Resource Center

Stop by and visit the Dreyfus University Center, Room 210 (1015 Reserve Street, Stevens Point, Wi 54481) or call 715-346-2596. Get connected with resources by clicking the button for campus, local, national and international resources. For information on Safe Zone trainings for UWSP students or community members, please contact the Queer Resource Center directly through the email link below. Faculty and staff Safe Zone trainings are organized through the Center for Inclusive Teaching and Learning.

NATIVE AMERICAN CENTER

THE NATIVE AMERICAN CENTER MISSION
To develop and support educational programs, projects, and initiatives to encourage the perpetuation of tribal languages and cultural traditions among Native American communities in Wisconsin.

To promote fellowship among the American Indian community of central Wisconsin.

To foster the formal and informal educational goals of American Indian people.

To identify, transform, and utilize educational resources that address the needs of Wisconsin tribes in a manner commensurate with the cultural values of tribal communities.

To advance public education concerning American Indians on the UWSP campus and in surrounding communities.

American Indians Reaching For Opportunities (AIRO)

Encourages awareness and understanding of all Indian people, on campus, off campus and all who seek information about Indian people and culture.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

Provides opportunities for American Indians and Alaska Natives to pursue studies in science, engineering, business and other academic area

CONNECT WITH THE NAC

Visit us in the Dreyfus University Center, Room 206 (1015 Reserve Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481) or call 715-346-3576.

RESOURCES AND PROGRAMS

Undergraduate Student Funding Opportunities:

Lawton Grant

The Lawton Undergraduate Minority Retention Grant is funded by the State of Wisconsin and provides financial assistance to designated under-represented minority undergraduate students to improve opportunity for retention and graduation and to reduce the reliance on student loans.

To be eligible you must be:

  1. A resident of the state of Wisconsin;
  2. A member of one of the following minority groups who are underrepresented in higher education: African-American, Latino/a, Native American Indian or from a designated Southeast Asian minority group (Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian or Vietnamese) and who entered the United States after 1975;
  3. Not have received your first bachelor’s degree;
  4. Will be at sophomore level or higher (have earned 30 credits or more by start of Fall 2022);
  5. Have established and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better;
  6. Not be on academic or financial aid warning, probation or suspension status;
  7. And enroll for a full-time academic credit load (12 or more credit hours) each semester in which you receive the grant
  8. Demonstrate financial need as evidenced by the results of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) .
To Apply:
 
Please read the guidelines first: Lawton Grant Guidelines.pdf
Online application is located here: Lawton Minority Grant Application
 

For questions, please contact Bridget Victorey at (715)346-3225 or email: DCA@uwsp.edu

​Graduate Student Funding Opportunities:

Advanced Opportunity Program Fellowship (AOP)

The AOP Fellowship is a University of Wisconsin program designed to increase the number of minority/disadvantaged (M/D) students entering and completing graduate programs on a full or part-time basis, thereby increasing M/D representation in UW graduate education and subsequently in professional and academic careers in Wisconsin.  Both Wisconsin residents and non-resident students are eligible, although preference is given to Wisconsin residents.  Full-time and part-time graduates are eligible.

AOP Applicants must be:

  1. Citizens or permanent residents at the time of the application
  2. Members of traditionally under-represented minority groups (African-American, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, or statutorily designated Southeast Asian) or a non-minority/disadvantaged student. *
  3. Admitted to a graduate degree program at UW-Stevens Point
  4. Graduated with and Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher

*Please note that students are considered disadvantaged if they meet any of the criteria including, but not limited to one or more of the following:

  1. Have a financial need;
  2. Come from a family that received any type of assistance, including eligibility for school lunch program;
  3. Are first generation college students
  4. Have participated in special services for disadvantaged students including TRIO programs such as Upward Bound, McNair, Talent Search, etc.; and /or have not had the expectation and encouragement to pursue post graduate education as a viable option.
  5. Other extenuating circumstances such as a disability which affects academic functioning.

Application Deadline:

Applicants are expected to submit a new application each academic year.  Funding is based on the cohort applicant pool for each academic year.  Decisions towards summer funding will begin as completed applications are received.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: MAY 30, 2022

PLEASE DOWNLOAD AOP GUIDELINES HERE FIRST: AOP Guidelines.pdf

Download Application Here: AOP Application 2022-23.pdf

Applications can be submitted one of three ways:

1: Email application to DCA@uwsp.edu

2: Upload via Qualtrics here: Qualtrics Upload

3: Mail completed application packet to:

Diversity and College Access Department/AOP
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
1108 Fremont Street, SSC 220
Stevens Point, WI 54481

UWSP remains committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive campus for everyone which includes our DACA recipients. Chancellor Bernie Patterson joined over 700 college and university presidents and signed onto a Statement in Support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and our Undocumented Immigrant Students.

Official DACA Updates:

On September 5, 2017 the Department of Homeland Security announced the phasing out of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA): Memorandum on Rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

“On June 15, 2012, President Barack Obama created a new policy that called for deferred action for eligible undocumented youth and young adults who came to the country as children. Under DACA, undocumented immigrants are granted deferral of deportation from the United States, as well as access to Social Security numbers and renewable two-year work permits.

An encouraging fact undocumented students should keep in mind when considering college: No federal law requires proof of citizenship to be admitted to U.S. colleges. Most institutions set their own admission policies. While it is true that undocumented status limits a student’s choices, it is possible to find a college or university that accepts undocumented students and provides the sort of funding that makes attending feasible. Students need to do a fair bit of research to determine if a school can accommodate them. Part of this research will involve directly contacting the school and asking questions about the school’s policy on undocumented students and if it does recognize and accept them, the typical enrollment procedure.

Undocumented students should not hesitate to express their desire to go to college. Thanks to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, school officials can’t disclose personal information (including immigration status) about students. Undocumented students should start by asking their high school teachers and counselors for advice. Such mentors may be able to direct students to college admission counselors or pair them with other undocumented students who have either successfully enrolled in college or are aspiring to enroll.”

Sources: University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Roberto Hernández Center: Undocu/DACA Resources andCollege Guide for Undocumented Students

Resources:

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU):

  • Know Your Rights if you are Stopped by ICE: https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/what-do-if-immigration-agents-ice-are-your-door
  • Know Your Rights (various topics):   https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights

College Guide for Undocumented Students

University Wisconsin Law School: The Immigrant Justice Clinic provides free legal services to Wisconsin’s underserved immigrant community while training law students in cutting-edge aspects of immigration law.

Centro Hispano Milwaukee: Centro Hispano provides bilingual social and immigration services programs.

National Education Association: Various resources for DACA recipients.

CitizenPath: This site provides various forms to assist DACA recipients.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: This is an official government website where students can check their case status and schedule free appointments with a local USCIS Office.

The Noel Compass Scholarship Program is a privately funded scholarship established to encourage and reward academic achievement, leadership, and citizenship for students of color from Wisconsin high schools attending UW-Stevens Point. More details and a new website will follow in the next month.

Learn more about the Upward Bound program.

Learn more about the Leadership, Empowerment and Discovery Bridge Program.

Learn more about the English for College Camp program.

HELP KEEP OUR CAMPUS SAFE

Whether it is a specific incident of hate or bias, or an unfair policy or practice on campus, we want to hear about it! Please use the following forms so we can help make our campus community a more inclusive and safe space for all.

Your experiences matter to us! If you are ever a victim, a firsthand witness, or heard of an incident of hate/bias secondhand, please complete a confidential Hate/Bias Incident Report.

 

We need your help to flag any campus policy or practice that adversely affects a minority group so that we can work with the department to make the change we deserve. Please complete a report to let us know

DIVERSITY AND COLLEGE ACCESS STAFF

Samantha Samreth

  • Director, Diversity and College Access
  • Pronouns: She/Her
Diversity and College Access
715-346-4076

Bridget Victorey

  • Office Manager, Diversity and College Access
  • Pronouns: She/Her
Diversity and College Access
715-346-3225

Sylf Bustamante

  • Queer Resource Center Coordinator
  • Pronouns: They/Them
Diversity and College Access
715-346-2596

Rachel Davis

  • Native American Center Coordinator
  • Pronouns: She/Her
Diversity and College Access
715-346-3576
Maria Harris is the Multicultural Resource Center coordinator from Diversity and College Access.

Maria Harris

  • Multicultural Resource Center Coordinator
  • Pronouns: She/Her
Diversity and College Access
Office: 715-346-4164 Center: 715-346-4791
We would like to recognize that the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point occupies the lands of the Ho Chunk and Menominee people. Please take a moment to acknowledge and honor this ancestral Ho Chunk and Menomonee land, and the sacred lands of all indigenous peoples.

CONTACT US

Student Services Center, Room 220
1108 Fremont street
Stevens Point, WI 54481
715-346-3225
dca@uwsp.edu

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