External Relations Student Assistants
External Relations Student Assistants (ERSA) help build relationships between UW-Milwaukee’s off-campus students and long-term residents living in the neighborhood. They provide resources to students living off-campus and represent students in neighborhood association meetings. They also produce and deliver newsletters in the neighborhood with seasonal information on renting, safety, and nearby events. ERSA’s have significant leadership and administrative responsibilities in the office and are your first point of contact regarding any neighborhood housing needs and concerns. In addition to daily office functions, they serve in a variety of capacities, including managing website listings for available housing arrangements, assisting student tenants regarding their rights and responsibilities, and making referrals to campus and community resources.
Hello, my name is Mason Drenski and I am a junior at UWM. I'm studying Information Science and Technology with a minor in Music. I have been living off-campus the past year. I enjoy the freedom of renting and the new responsibilities involved. I also love all of the diverse festivals happening around Milwaukee throughout the year - especially the many music fests and concerts. The Neighborhood Housing Office is a great place to learn about renting property in the surrounding community. The Preferred Tenant Program provides tons of helpful information from starting the housing search to signing a lease.
My name is Biltu Hamda and I am a senior at UWM. I am majoring in Journalism, Advertising and Media Studies with a minor in Communication. I have lived off campus for about 3 years and I absolutely love it. My favorite part about living off campus is being able to get involved in my community. I also enjoy getting to meet new people in my neighborhood. In my free time I love to explore what Milwaukee has to offer; playing volleyball down at Bradford Beach, visiting the Milwaukee Public Market for a snack or even walking through Oakleaf Trail with a friend. The Neighborhood Housing Office is a great resource to utilize for someone who may be new to UWM and looking for a roommate. I remember my first time looking for the perfect place to live near campus and how exciting it was meeting my new roommates.
Hello, my name is Juan Perez, and I am studying Marketing at the Lubar School of Business. This will be my senior year at UWM, and I have been living off-campus for the past year. One of the things I enjoy most about being off-campus is being able to interact with the community and the people in it. I enjoy going to the countless festivals and concerts that happen throughout the year in Milwaukee. In my free time, I play soccer with my friends and explore the city and its many establishments. The Neighborhood Housing Office offers many resources, including a landlord rating system which was very useful in helping me find a quality landlord during my apartment search.
Hello, my name is Alisa Weant. I am a senior at UWM majoring in communication with a minor in Journalism, Advertising and Media Studies. I have lived off-campus the past three years, and I love the freedom that comes with it. I love getting to choose where I want to live and who I want to live with. I enjoy living in Milwaukee for many reasons, but my favorite things are all the events that happen year round, especially in summer. UWM has a lot of amazing resources that are available to students. My favorite resource is the Housing Fair that the Neighborhood Housing Office hosts in the spring. Students have the opportunity to meet landlords with available properties in person to discuss their options for housing. You can see what costs will be like and even set up appointments for tours. In my free time I like to travel and explore the city.
Hi! My name is Alyssa, and I am the Neighborhood Housing and Relations Coordinator at UWM. I am a #PantherProud alumna and am excited to be back to serve the surrounding UWM community since graduating with a B.A. in Communication in 2015 and having earned a M.S. from Western Illinois University in the College Student Personnel: Student Affairs program in 2017. It is my responsibility to serve students and community members alike, working to foster positive relationship in the neighborhood. I oversee the Neighborhood Housing Office (NHO) events, programs, and resources, and supervise our External Relations Student Assistants.
My favorite resource offered in the NHO is our rental listing service which is a great resource for both students looking for a place to rent as well as NHO approved landlords to post their listings for our students. Our service is monitored and vetted daily, and is an excellent place for students to start when looking to move off-campus and to the area surrounding UWM.
I love UWM has and continues to provide me with a plethora of opportunities to grow as a person and a professional. I appreciate the strong commitment to the Milwaukee community, access to higher education, and academic excellence as we are a top-ranking institution. I am look forward to continue serving my alma mater, UWM students and the Milwaukee Community and exploring new ways to engage the community.