The University of Wisconsin-Superior has named Katrina “Kat” Werchouski its new Assistant Director for Equity Diversity and Inclusion. She will be a member of UW-Superior’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, as well as assisting 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 Sr. 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 as well as the state of Jalisco, Mexico, Werchouski earned her B.S. in Environmental Studies (Environmental Public Law and Policy) and B.A. in Native American Studies from Northland College in Ashland, Wis., and her M.S. in Environmental Studies (Written Communications) from Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vt. 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 personal and professional interests intersect in many ways, but most prominently in wanting 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. “Having grown up in this region, it is very exciting to me to work for a University that is accessible for so many people. Now I can add to their support network as they attend a small college campus that is charging forward in so many big ways in terms of a holistic approach to diversity in higher education.”
Werchouski strives to provide spaces where everyone feels safe and welcome to share, learn, and grow from diverse experiences and backgrounds. In her free time, Werchouski can be found exploring the beautiful woods and southern shores of Lake Superior, taking photos, doing beadwork, or spending time with her adventure human as well as her rescue dog Huck.