Anique Ruiz

WiscAMP STEM-Inspire Program Manager
Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Anique is a proud two-time Panther alumna who serves as the WiscAMP STEM-Inspire Program Manager at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM).  The STEM-Inspire program provides mentoring, peer support and research opportunities for underrepresented minority STEM majors, funded by the National Science Foundation LSAMP grant, with support from the American Family Dream Fund. She also served UWM as Program Assistant in the Office of Equity & Diversity Services and co-chair of the 2013 & 2014 Milwaukee Partners in Giving Campaigns. Moreover, Anique is the immediate past Chair of the Multicultural Network and Governance/Nominating Committee Chair of the African Diaspora Council (formerly the African-American Faculty & Staff Council) at UWM.

In addition to her role at UWM, Anique is the Founder of The Journey For Women, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Its vision is to empower women in need with resources and strategies to address their spiritual, physical, mental and emotional needs.

Anique is an experienced attorney in both civil and criminal litigation. As a litigation attorney with Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan, LLP, Anique represented Fortune 500 clients, including Wal-Mart, Rockwell Automation, JPMorgan Chase, AT&T, The Hershey Company and Texas Roadhouse. She also represented clients under the Student Practice Rule at the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office-Milwaukee Trial Division. Anique also gained experience as a summer associate at Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. in Milwaukee.

Early on in her career, Anique successfully advocated on behalf of students as a legislative intern for the United States Student Association and the Council on Educational Opportunity in Washington, D.C. In that role, she lobbied on Capitol Hill for access to education, created a voter registration guide for college students, and was invited by Former President William Clinton to the Oval Office of the White House for his radio address on Social Security. Anique continued her work in government as an intern in the Office of Former U.S. Senator Russell D. Feingold.

In 2012, Anique was elected as District Two Representative on the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors. In that role, she represented over 4,000 attorneys and advised the Board as a member of the Policy Committee. She was also named a “Rising Star” by CCN Magazine and recognized at the 2012 Midwest Urban Empowerment Awards. Interviews of Anique have been featured on both the Wisconsin Law Journal and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network websites.

Anique also served a two-year term as Chaplain for the Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and on the boards of Legal Action of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers, the Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association, and the Association of Women Lawyers. Her memberships include the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, and the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Anique earned her Juris Doctor degree from Marquette University Law School, where she was a Board member of the Moot Court Association, Vice President of the Black Law Students Association, and a member of the Judicial Committee. She earned a Master of Arts in Political Science at UWM and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Political Science at Marquette University.  More recently, Anique earned a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management at the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management at UWM. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Christian Studies with an emphasis on Women and Pastoral Counseling at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.

Anique is admitted to practice law in the State of Wisconsin and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin. She is proficient in Spanish.