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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 CENTERS 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. It also houses the Student Success Center on the second floor of the Student Services Center.

MULTICULTURAL RESOURCE CENTER

The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) at UWSP is designed to meet the specific needs of students from traditionally underrepresented groups. 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.

Queer Resource Center

The Queer Resource Center (QRC) strives for the comprehensive support, education, and empowerment of LGBTQ+ Identifying Students, Staff, and Faculty at UWSP. Their outreach and scope provides resources to the Central Wisconsin community connected to our branch campuses. All are welcome to take advantage of the center’s free printing, lounge area, books, movies, personal care products, and much more!

Native American Center

The Native American Center (NAC) supports and develops cultural programs on campus while building community for our Native students. These initiatives encourage the revitalization of Indigenous cultures and languages while providing a tether to Indigenous students who are away from their home and families. The NAC connects indigenous students to resources and encourages personal and professional development while fostering appreciation for their Indigenous identity and culture. The NAC works to increase positive and accurate representations of indigenous people in both modern and historical contexts. The NAC also facilitates relationships between the indigenous communities of Wisconsin and the university that benefits the recruitment and retention student.

Student Success Center

Fostering Success Program, Noel Compass Scholar Program, LEAD Program

The Student Success Center houses three important programs within the Diversity and College Access Department: Fostering Success, Noel Compass Scholar, and LEAD Summer Bridge Program.

COLLEGE ACCESS: PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAMS

For high school students interested in a pre-college program, English for College or Upward Bound might be the right fit for you!

Bridge Program: LEADERSHIP, EMPOWERMENT AND DISCOVERY (LEAD)

LEAD is a summer bridge program that is focused on increasing first-year undergraduate students’ sense of belonging at UWSP. The program is aimed at providing a supportive community that promotes student success by getting first-year undergraduate students ahead and ready to start their college careers. It focusses on campus resources, transitioning into college, student success skills, social and enrichment activities, and the development of future campus leaders.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS

The Noel Compass Scholarship (NCS) 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 (UWSP). Undergraduate students can also fund their education through the Lawton grant. Graduate students should review the Advanced Opportunity Program Fellowship to further fund their education.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15)
LGBTQIA+Q History Month (Oct.)
Indigenous Peoples’ Day (Oct.)
Native American Heritage Month (Nov.)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Third Monday in Jan.)
Black History Month (Feb.)
Native American Awareness Week (April)
Pride Week (April/May)
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (May)
Safe Zone Training for Students

Branch Campus Locations

Wausau and Marshfield Campuses

Center for Inclusive Excellence

UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield

The Inclusive Excellence Institute strives to provide leaders at all levels with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to foster inclusive, sustainable environments in their workplaces, organizations and social networks. For more information, please call 715-389-6537.

Multicultural Resource Center

UW-Stevens Point at Wausau

The purpose of the Multicultural Resource Center is to educate, promote and provide services to build a supportive environment in which all students can develop a better understanding and appreciation for the multiculturalism in our community and beyond. For more information, please call 715-261-6353.
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Stevens Point campus drone photo in fall.

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.

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

Judy Young

  • Upward Bound Director
Upward Bound Program
715-346-2940

Jeff Christensen

  • Upward Bound Advising Specialist
Upward Bound Program
715-346-2147

Pa Chee Thao

  • Interim Upward Bound Academic Coordinator
Upward Bound Program
715-346-4017

Cindy Jordan

  • Upward Bound Administrative Assistant
Upward Bound Program
715-346-2136
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.