UWO Women’s Center
Campus Center for Equity & Diversity
717 W. Irving Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Fall 2022 Hours:
Monday: 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Women’s Center Staff
All Women’s Center staff are required to go through the LGBTQ+ Resource Center UNITED Training, bystander intervention training, and, when offered, DACA/Dreamer training. The Women’s Center is not a confidential reporting unit for sexual and interpersonal violence. All start are responsible employees and are required to report sexual and interpersonal violence so that the victim/survivor can be connected to support resources and options.
Dr. Alicia Johnson
Dr. Alicia Johnson has served as Director of the Women’s Center since July 2016. In July 2021, she transitioned 25% of her role from lecturing in Women’s and Gender Studies to being the Lead Organizer for The Intersection on the Fox Cities and Fond du Lac campuses. Dr. Johnson also began her service as the Interim University Diversity Officer in May 2022.
Some of her current and past leadership and campus service commitments include co-chairing the Gender Equity Council; chairing the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee, co-leading the Culture of Respect Collective Campus Leadership Team; advising the Women’s Advocacy Council (WAC; student organization), serving as a Team Fellow for Soccer, an Equity Coordinator, a S.A.F.E. trainer, Senator on the Senate of Academic Staff, and Campus/University Representative for the Oshkosh Branch of the American Association of University Women; and serving as a member on the Women’s and Gender Studies Steering Committee, Workplace Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council, Title IX Committee, Beyond Equity Action Collective, Higher Education Diversity and Inclusion Team (Fond du Lac County), and the LGBTQ+ Resource Center’s Campus Pride Index and World AIDS Day Committees. Since her arrival on campus, Dr. Johnson, in collaboration with campus partners, has secured approximately $1.3 million in internal and external funding from the UW Oshkosh Green Fund, American Association of University Women, the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, and the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Johnson has a Ph.D. in Sport Studies with a specialization in Socio-Cultural Studies, cognate in Cultural Anthropology, and certificates in Women’s Studies, Grant Writing and Proposal Development, and Graduate Teaching from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She also has a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Athletic Counseling from Springfield College (MA) and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with minors in Biology and Sports Medicine from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
In her personal time, Dr. Johnson serves as the Vice President of Finance (Treasurer) for the Oshkosh Branch of the American Association of University Women, volunteers with SEPO Zambia and Growing the Game for Girls (G3 Uganda), and is the caretaker for two adorable chihuahuas named Rosie (after Rosie the Riveter) and Punky.
Awards and Recognition:
- Division of Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence’s Colleague of Excellence Award (Fall 2018)
- The National Society of Student Leadership and Success-UW Oshkosh’s Excellence in Service to Students Award (Spring 2019)
- University of Wisconsin Oshkosh LGBTQIA+ Ally Award (2020)
- LGBTQ+ Resource Center Outstanding Ally Faculty/Staff Award (2021)
- College of Letters and Science Global Educator Award (2021)
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Student Services Coordinator
Eliza joined the Women’s Center staff in September 2014 as the Program Assistant and transitioned to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Student Services Coordinator role in March 2022. As of July 1, 2022, they are 100% in the Women’s Center. Previously, they held part-time employment in University Books & More, the LGBTQ+ Resource Center, and the Division of Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence. Eliza has a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies, Psychology, and Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design and a certificate in LGBTQ Studies from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. They co-wrote and designed a feminist tongue-in-cheek cookbook, Cooking Up a Revolution: A Feminist Tale of Food and Talking Back, as a fundraiser for the Women’s Center. Eliza launched the Women’s Center’s Level Up! A Feminist Gaming Initiative as a way to spread media literacy, create community, and provide action steps to making gaming and nerd spaces more inclusive and safe. They were awarded the July 2018 STAR Award and the 2019 Queer Staff/Faculty Award for their service to the LGBTQ+ community at UW Oshkosh and in the Oshkosh Area Community. Outside of their role at UW Oshkosh they run an LGBTQ+ Youth Group for middle and high school students in the community, volunteer at the Time Community Theater (local non-profit), and run a video game themed YouTube channel, Super Mochi.
Women's and Gender Studies Intern
Ash Cohen is in their fifth year at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies. She is very passionate about feminism and is dedicated to raising awareness about the issues women face, such as unreasonable daily societal pressures like body issues.
Social Work Intern
Kelsie Oestreich is in her final year of the Bachelor of Social Work program here at the University of Oshkosh. She is very ardent about feminism in today’s society. She strives to make a difference in this community by utilizing her leadership skills that will enhance human rights and justice.