Diversity and College Access Office strives to help our campus be more inclusive and welcoming for all students. Our offices and centers provide addtional support and retention programs for underrepresented students. We also provide social justice education and progarms.
We are excited to welcome our new Director of Diversity and College Access, Dr. Lizette Rivera!
Office: SSC 221
Dr. Rivera began at UWSP in July 2017 as the Director of Diversity and College Access. Prior to UWSP she was the Director of Diversity Services at Suffolk University in Boston, MA. She also served as the Director of Diversity/Inclusion and Student Activities at Westfield State University which is also in Massachusetts. Lizette is originally from Chicago, IL where she also completed her Doctorate of Education from National Louis University. Her dissertation title is Exploring the impact of the MassTransfer program: A look at Latina/Latino student transfer success at a two year Hispanic-Serving Institution into a four year Non-Hispanic-Serving university in Massachusetts. Lizette has earned a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Master's in Public Administration (M.P.A.) from Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL. Lizette has worked in higher education for more than 12 years in a various positions. Her other positions in higher education include working at the University of Massachusetts, Boston as the Director of TRiO Upward Bound, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, IL as the Director of La Casa Cultural Latina, Triton Community College in River Grove, IL as an Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences / Title III Director, and at Richard J. Daley College in Chicago, IL as the Director of TRiO Upward Bound. Lizette is also a Veteran who served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 6 years. In 2003, Lizette was deployed to Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. She served as a Military Justice Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge (NCOIC), Legal Assistance NCOIC, and an International Committee of the Red Cross (IRCR) Liaison for the Army. Prior to this deployment, she served with the 384th Military Police Battalion, 91st Legal Support Organization, and the 391st Military Police Battalion as a Legal NCOIC and Legal Specialist (Paralegal). Fun Fact: Lizette is a proud Alumni from Lane Tech College Prep in Chicago, IL
DCA Student Ambassadors:
Aaron Boucher: Hey everybody, my name is Aaron Boucher. I am third year here at UWSP from Washington D.C and I'm double majoring in Entrepreneurship & Marketing. One fun fact about me is that I am very social and I love meeting new people.
Rashaud Whitfield: My name is Rashaud Whitfield and I am from Washington D.C. I am a junior here at UW-Stevens Point and currently majoring in Communications media studies. I love to write and enjoy all sorts of movies.
Phillip Scott-Dotson: Hello my name is Phillip Scott-Dotson, and I am a super senior at UWSP majoring in Sociology. Coming from Milwaukee, WI was a big shift in my life being an hour away from my family where I only have myself to depend on most times. A fun fact about me is I am the oldest out of my family as well as the first to go to college.
DCA Student Interns:
Brigitte Benitez-Vargas: I
am a first generation student, an immigrant, a Senior and will be graduating
in May with 4 majors. Business Administration and Spanish Major,
Latino Student Alliance Student Mentor, Youth Oppressed and United (Y.O.U) Vice
President, and SBE Events Honors Intern 2017. I love to dance, and to
help give a voice to those who don't fell like they have one.
Daniela Chávez: Daniela Chávez was born and raised in Alberta, Canada and is currently a full-time student at UWSP where she is working on earning her degree in social work and sociology. Daniela also works as a counsellor at the local crisis center and co-facilitates a social justice youth group in Stevens Point. " I love being able to be in a position where I get the honor to support students, their organizations and events in a collaborative effort to bringing more awareness to diversity on this campus and to the greater community." Daniela is looking forward to continuing to meet and work with other students who are advancing social justice and facilitating conversations for change. (Daniela uses she/her/hers pronouns)
Jedeny Cortés: I am a third year student. I am declared Pre-Law with a major in International Business with a certification in International Relations. Latino Student Alliance (LSA) Treasurer, and Youth Oppressed and United (Y.O.U.) Treasurer. To be happy in life all I need is lemon ice and tacos.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) Information:
DACA Educations Workshops:
Join the Diversity and College Access (DCA) Social Justice Interns for a presentation on DACA. They will be hosting two different sessions with the same content.
Real News: DACA Edition
· Real Information
· Breaking Common Myths
· Where are DACA Recipients Now?
· What can you do?
Session 1: December 4th | 11:00am-12:00pm | CPS Building Room 116
Session 2: December 13th | 6:00pm-7:00pm | CPS Building Room 322
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 and
College Guide for Undocumented Students.
Additional Campus Resources:
Diversity and College Access (DCA), Student Services Center, Room 221
DCA Social Justice Interns, Student Services Center, Room 221
UWSP Student Government Association (SGA), DUC 052D
Student Legal Services, Delzell Hall, Room 123
Counseling Center, Delzell Hall, 3rd Floor
Dean of Students Office, Old Main, Room 212
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Roberto Hernández Center: Undocu/DACA Resources
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.