Jen’s life experiences as a parent, volunteer, professional, and educator have led her to
pursue a Masters in Public Health. She is invested in lifelong learning and has been
working within higher education at UW-Milwaukee since 2004. Prior to landing in
Milwaukee she served in the United States Peace Corps as a Volunteer Community Health Agent with a focus on maternal and child health in Niger, West Africa. Jen has engaged in various sustainable community projects integrating health-focused topics such as vaccine education, prevention of HIV/AIDS, and nutritional analysis accompanied by education. Her current position as the Director of the UW-Milwaukee LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Resource Center has inspired and informed her interest in subgroup population health, specifically examining health disparities among people living with multiple marginalized identities. Jen’s professional work aligns with
organizations that afford access to knowledge and learning through a social justice
framework. She remains committed to examining systems of power and privilege that
recreate patterns of injustice, learning about micro-aggressions, and delving into
deconstructing systems of oppression using public health as her lens for learning.