The University of Wisconsin-Superior named Katrina "Kat" Werchouski its new assistant director for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
Werchouski will be a member of UWS's Office of Multicultural Affairs and assist with departmental initiatives and programs.
"We are excited to have Katrina on the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion team," said Jerel Benton, director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity, and senior diversity officer. "She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will only make us better at the work we are doing to establish a more equitable and inclusive campus."
A member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe with ties to the Leech Lake and Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe tribes and the state of Jalisco, Mexico, Werchouski earned a Bachelor of Science in environmental studies (environmental public law and policy) and a Bachelor of Arts in Native American Studies from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, and her Master of Science in environmental studies (written communications) from Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont. Previously, Werchouski served as the director of the Indigenous Center at Northland College.
"I'm most excited about working with Jerel and so many other great people here at UW-Superior that have done so much to advance the work in this region under the umbrella of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion," said Werchouski. "The ability to help students from all walks of life succeed in college, while still celebrating who they are and all of the intersecting identities that make them amazing individuals, is what I love most about this work."
Her goal is to educate others about Indigenous cultures, historic and contemporary gender roles and identities, overcoming the challenges and expectations of students from underrepresented populations in education and strengthening leadership roles through traditional cultural teachings.
"This position at UW-Superior will continue to allow me to be a voice that can be used to support our students along the way to ensure that their learning and identities can go hand in hand during their time here to create a positive college experience," said Werchouski.