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Passion to purpose.
It's the Wisconsin Experience.

As you move forward, we're here to help you find and live the Wisconsin Idea — on campus and beyond.

Our Departments


The Division of Student Life comprises departments that share a common mission and vision as well as strategic priorities. The division’s efforts are grounded in several shared values: developing students, enhancing collaborations and partnerships, providing meaningful education and services, supporting faculty and staff across the campus, and assessing a goal of continual improvement. The interconnecting values, strategic priorities, mission and vision are further strengthened within the context of the university’s Essential Learning Outcomes and Campus Strategic Framework.


To cultivate a Wisconsin Experience for all students that advances and interconnects their academic, professional, personal, and social development.


Our vision is a campus community where students are inspired and prepared to live the Wisconsin Idea.

Strategic Priorities

The Division of Student Life is focusing energy on five priorities during the next four years (2015-2019).
  1. Increase the university’s capacity to educate and support students through sustained partnerships.
  2. Increase student cultural competency through coordinated educational initiatives and skill-based trainings.
  3. Increase student action on personal, social, and civic responsibilities by connecting them to opportunities for meaningful involvement
  4. Increase student resilience by educating on self-advocacy and well-being.
  5. Increase student application of their Wisconsin Experience to career aspirations through integrative reflection.

Who We Are

More than 100 professional and 400 student staff, working across eight departments, dedicate themselves to helping students succeed both in and out of the classroom. The following staff members comprise the leadership team in our division.

Central Administration Leadership Team

  • Lori Berquam, Vice Provost for Student Life and Dean of Students
  • Kevin Helmkamp, Associate Dean of Students
  • Argyle Wade, Associate Dean of Students

Divisional Leadership Assistant Deans

  • Kipp Cox, Assistant Dean, Dean of Students Office
  • Joanna Gurstelle, Assistant Dean, Staff and Programs in Associated Students of Madison
  • Gabe Javier, Assistant Dean, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Campus Center
  • Eric Knueve, Assistant Dean, Center for Leadership and Involvement
  • Carren Martin, Assistant Dean, Center for the First-Year Experience
  • Joshua Moon Johnson, Assistant Dean, Multicultural Student Center
  • Cathy Trueba, Assistant Dean, McBurney Disability Resource Center
  • Search Underway, Assistant Dean, International Student Services

Contact Us

Division of Student Life
70 Bascom Hall, 500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1380
Phone: 608-263-5700
Fax: 608-265-5646
TTY: 608-890-1682

Promoting and supporting student academic engagement, growth and success.

Keeping Badgers Safe

At UW–Madison, each and every one of us plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy, rewarding environment. We’re committed to your health and safety as a member of our campus community.

For assistance with urgent mental health concerns, 24-hour crisis intervention services are available to UW–Madison students and to those concerned about them at 608-265-5600 (select option 9).