American Indian Students
American Indian Student Academic Advisors

Academic Advisors

Diane Amour
Retired January 2016

Diane, a Prairie Band Potawatomi, earned her baccalaureate in social work and master's degree in counseling at UWM. She is very familiar with the campus and the ins and outs of the University. Recruitment and retention of American Indian students are priorities for Diane and the program. "I am very fortunate, because I love my job. I have had the honor of working with many students throughout the years who are now attorneys, educators, social workers, physicians, librarians, scientists, nurses, business people, architects, engineers, etc. They currently work for tribes, companies, and organizations in Wisconsin and all over the world and UWM was an integral part of making that happen."

Diana Amour

Celeste M. Clark
Senior Advisor, Bolton 195, Phone: 414-229-5880

I am enrolled member of the Lumbee Nation. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from UWM in May 1998 with an Interdisciplinary major in American Indian Studies. The American Indian Student Services (AISS) is not like other advising services. AISS is like a home away from home. Being a former student this was vital to me. Vital in the sense that the support from AISS staff encouraged me to complete my degree. While attending UWM it was important to see American Indian students before and those after me graduate from college. Therefore, while attending college, I too tried to be a good role model. I want American Indians to succeed in life and college can be used as a tool to achieve that higher success. I am known for my "banana pudding, dancing, and making photocopies of everything". I am also here for you.

Celeste M. Clark
Joy Maisells
Advisor, Bolton 195, Phone: 414-229-5880

Joy is an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin and received her Associate Degree in Applied Science for an Administrative Assistant from Milwaukee Area Technical College in May of 2000. She went from working for a major medical maintenance company to working in the American Indian Student Services office, where she shares her wealth of information about the Indian community and the services available to UWM students. Joy explains: "I stumbled into a job that I love. I enjoy the fast pace office that gives me challenges every day." In January 2016, Joy was promoted to American Indian Student advisor because of her dedication and committment to serving the needs of American Indian students. With a smile and welcoming words, she greets everyone who walks into the student-friendly office.

Joy Maisells