Thesing-Ritter also will continue to serve as coordinator of the Civil Rights Pilgrimage and will provide outreach and support to multicultural and low-income students. She also will lend her passion and expertise to the Inclusivity Team and will work with Christopher Jorgensen, director of the Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center, in the creation of Dialogue Circles in response to student requests for added attention to diversity issues. Thesing-Ritter's office will be located in the Blugold Beginnings/Office of Multicultural Affairs suite on the first floor of Centennial Hall.
Kat Kane will join the Dean of Students Office in the role of student assistance coordinator to assume Thesing-Ritter's role with students of concern. Kane will provide intervention and support for students whose behavior has raised concern, and will work in collaboration with university and community partners to coordinate care for impacted students. Student assistance is an interdisciplinary developmental model that enhances student progress toward degree, academic success and retention by actively engaging them in utilizing resources to overcome challenges.
For the past three years Kane has served as director of operations and residence life at a large, private student housing property. She previously held positions as residence life coordinator, judicial hearing officer and residence hall director. Kane holds a bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire and a master's degree from the University of North Dakota.