UWO Women’s Center

Campus Center for Equity & Diversity
717 W. Irving Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

(920) 424-0963
womenscenter@uwosh.edu


Summer 2022 Hours:
We will be closed on 6/9/22.
 
Monday: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday: Closed

Women’s Center Staff

We have an enthusiastic staff who are eager to work with others on campus and in the community to support gender equity in Oshkosh. Come by and meet us!

Dr. Alicia Johnson

Dr. Alicia Johnson

Director

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Phone: (920) 424-3247

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Dr. Alicia Johnson has served as Director of the Women’s Center since July 2016. Some of her 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 $325,000 in internal and external funding from the UW Oshkosh Green Fund, American Association of University Women, and the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.

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 President for the Oshkosh Branch of the American Association of University Women, volunteers with SEPO Zambia and Growing the Game for Girls (G3 Uganda), is a member of the Food Justice Team for the Oshkosh Food Co-op, 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)
 
Eliza Farrow

Eliza Farrow

Program Assistant

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Phone: (920) 424-0963

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Eliza joined the Women’s Center staff in September 2014 and the LGBTQ+ Resource Center staff in September 2019. They have 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 roles at UW Oshkosh they run an LGBTQ+ Youth Group for middle and high school students in the community, volunteer at the Time Community Theater and Fit Oshkosh (local non-profits), and run a video game themed YouTube channel, Super Mochi.

Angela McLaughlin

Angela McLaughlin

Women's and Gender Studies Intern

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Angela McLaughlin is a junior at UW Oshkosh majoring in Psychology with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies and a certificate in LGBTQ+ Studies. She is the president of Rainbow Alliance for HOPE, and a former intern at the LGBTQ+ Resource Center. In addition, she is a CA (Community Advisor) through the Department of Residence Life. She is looking forward to her time with the Women’s Center and hopes to gain a deeper knowledge on gender inequality, socioeconomic diversity, and women’s issues. Outside of her time at the Women’s Center, Angela enjoys true crime documentaries, thrifting, and taking down the patriarchy.

Areka Nieto

Areka Nieto

Social Justice/Women's and Gender Studies Intern

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Areka is an Indigenous-Mexican American, first-generation student finishing up the final semester of her psychology degree, along with women’s and gender studies and social justice minors. Her journey as a non-traditional, first-generation student has been an interesting one that hasn’t always had a clear path ahead. However, engaging in fulfilling internship roles with the LGBTQ+ Resource Center as well as the Women’s Center in her final year have led her to find a true passion for working with marginalized communities and focusing on making an impact wherever she can. She has a sincere interest in promoting and encouraging body acceptance as well as protecting and advocating for reproductive health rights. Areka hopes to continue to gain valuable leadership and professional skills in her time at the Women’s Center, as well as making a positive impression upon all those she crosses paths with. 

Ashley Cohen

Ashley Cohen

Women's and Gender Studies Intern

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Ashley Cohen is in her 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.

Beth Bouche

Beth Bouche

Graduate Student Assistant - Student-Parent Support Coordinator

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Beth Bouche has a degree in Human Service Leadership with a Global Scholar Certificate from UW Oshkosh. She is currently pursuing her master’s in Public Administration at UW Oshkosh. Beth has a passion for gender equity, social justice, and environmental issues. She is the current OSA Graduate Student Advocacy Senator. 

Darinka Lechuga

Darinka Lechuga

Social Work (BSW) Intern

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Darinka Lechuga is in her last academic year at UWO majoring in Social Work and Spanish. She is originally from Milwaukee with parents who come from Mexican and Dominican descent. Being a first-generation student, Darinka has found passion in helping other first-generation students who decide to continue their academic career in higher education. She wishes to attend graduate school some day and focus on receiving her master’s degree in higher education administration. Some of the things Darinka wishes to gain within this internship are expanding her knowledge on women’s rights, learning about other resources on campus and having conversations on positive body image reinforcement.

Kev Kollmann

Kev Kollmann

Theatre Arts Intern

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Kev is a senior at UW Oshkosh, majoring in Theater. Kev transferred to UW Oshkosh in the spring of 2019 from UW Whitewater. Since coming to Oshkosh he has joined the Oshkosh Student Association (OSA) as an advocate for all students and serves as the Advocacy Senator for Students with Disabilities. Kev was diagnosed at birth with Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy (which in his case means he cannot walk without help or assistance). That has not stopped him from going after anything he wants to try. Kev has worked on numerous projects around the Oshkosh campus to help the campus become more accessible and accepting of all individuals, including joining UWO’s only multi-cultural Fraternity: Omega Delta Phi Fraternity Inc. in the fall of 2020. In doing that, he hopes to show that regardless of who you are or what your identities may be, you can do anything and can break down the stereotypes. Upon his graduation in the Spring of 2022, Kev will go on to grad school for Student Affairs and Higher Education Leadership. Please come on by and say hello to him at the Women’s Center. 

Mai Xee Yang

Mai Xee Yang

Human Services Leadership Intern

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Mai Xee Yang (MY-SEE) is a junior at UWO, with a major in Human Service Leadership as well as a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies (WaGS). She is currently participating in an internship at the Women’s Center through her Human Service Leadership Program. In addition to her internship, she works at the Multicultural Education Center (MEC). Mai Xee hopes to gain networking opportunities and communication skills throughout her time at the Women’s Center. Through these resources, she hopes that they will provide an insight into the system of human services and their impact on people.

Nick Martina

Nick Martina

Social Work (BSW) Intern

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Nick Martina is originally from Milwaukee and is currently a senior at UW Oshkosh majoring in social work. Nick wishes to attend graduate school to earn a master’s degree in hospice social work. Learning more about the aspects of gender equality (especially within the UWO campus), learning more about other resources on campus, and creating connections with the other team members are some of the things Nick wishes to get out of his internship at the UWO Women’s Center. In his spare time, Nick enjoys hiking, reading, and swimming. 

Olivia Jude

Olivia Jude

Human Services Leadership Intern

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Olivia Jude is in her junior year here at UWO. She is majoring in human services leadership and minoring in media studies. Olivia is an intern for the Women’s Center through her human services leadership program. She is also a second-year community advisor (CA) in South Scott Hall and cannot wait to tell her residents about all the opportunities that the Women’s Center has to offer. One main goal for Olivia is to gain more knowledge on women’s health and promote sexual health in a positive way through this internship.

Shouacua Xiong

Shouacua Xiong

Human Services Leadership Intern

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Shouacua Xiong (shoo-a-choo-a shong) is a Human Services/Leadership major with a minor in Communication Studies. Her goal after graduating from UWO is to attend graduate school and achieve her degree in Professional Counseling. Shouacua grew up in Sheboygan, WI, where a high population of HMoob people live. Through that, she discovered her passion for advocating for those impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault as well as women and LGBTQ+ folk in the HMoob community. With this internship Shouacua wishes to gain more insight on how to be a better advocate and learn how to create safer environments where meaningful conversations can be had. Shouacua’s other passions include writing/performing poetry, reading, painting, and a slightly unhealthy obsession with skincare products.

Myranda Blankenship

Myranda Blankenship

Women's and Gender Studies Intern

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Myranda is a junior majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies and is very excited about interning with the Women’s Center. She is from a small town called Brillion, WI. Myranda has always been very interested in women’s issues and is very grateful that Women’s and Gender Studies is a major available at UW Oshkosh. She is still unsure of what she would like to do career-wise after college, so she hopes this internship will provide her with insight and inspiration. Myranda is excited to be involved in such a welcoming and safe community that provides education and help for womxn on our campus.