Student Diversity Programs Staff

Please view the contact information page for general contact information and email form.

Bird_Bear  Aaron Bird Bear
Assistant Dean;CAP Director; ​Ed-GRS Coordinator; SERP Director
105 Education Building

Despite my Mandan and Hidatsa Nation ancestors calling the central plains home for thousands of years, I have lived in 11 states, including the East Coast, Gulf Coast and West Coast, and the mountains of Colorado.  I am a futbol fan and traveled around Brazil and Canada for the last two World Cups.  For local travel, I highly encourage everyone to find the 13th Floor of our Educational Sciences tower for amazing hidden views of these wondrous lake shores humans have called home for 12,000 years.  I received my graduate degree from the School of Education at UW-Madison.

Jerry_Jordan_1   Jerry Jordan
Recruitment & Retention Specialist
103 Education Building

Jerry Jordan, is a Racine native and a graduate of UW Whitewater where he earned his undergraduate degree in Art as well as a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Art Education. He is currently an academic advisor/college recruiter in the School of Education.

Profile_3 Sa Seng Xiong
Recruitment & Retention Specialist
104 Education Building

Sa Seng is a first generation college student and he emigrated from a refugee camp in Thailand at the age of fourteen. Sa Seng formerly served as an Admissions Counselor for nearly six years where he reviewed and made decisions on applicants applying to enter the University of Wisconsin - Madison, coordinated campus visits, attended college fairs, and visited many high schools throughout the ​state of Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Sa Seng is currently working as an Advisor and Recruiter in the School of Education and during his spare times he enjoys playing badminton and watching movies. 

   Omar Poler
Interim American Indian Curriculum Services Consultant
​101 Education Building

Omar Poler is the Interim American Indian Curriculum Services Consultant in the School of Education. An enrolled member of the Mole Lake Sokaogan Ojibwe Nation, Omar holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his current positions, Omar supports pre-service and in-service teachers' integration of the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of the 12 American Indian nations of Wisconsin into their instruction, as well as teaches graduate students in the UW-Madison Information School after co-creating the Tribal Libraries Archives and Museums (TLAM) program in the iSchool.


Christopher Barnes
Ed-GRS Project Assistant; CAP Coordinator
​102 Education Building

Christopher is a 2nd year Doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Policy and Analysis (ELPA). Christopher’s research interest are in college satisfaction and the identity development of students from underrepresented racial groups at Predominantly White Institutions (PWI). Prior to coming to SDP, Christopher served as a Residence Hall Director at Texas State University and a College Advisor for the Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program (PEOPLE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Student Assistant TBD

Ed-GRS Advisory Board Chair
Prof. Alberta Gloria, Counseling Psychology

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