Staff

Mai Yer Yang (she/her)
Director
Mai Yer is a first generation college student who was born and raised in Ban Vinia Refugee Camp, Thailand. Her family immigrated to the United States when she was 10 years old and resided in Akron, OH but later moved to Sheboygan, WI. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Professional Development with an emphasis in Higher Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She has over ten years of experience working in higher education specifically with traditionally underserved student populations and cultural programming. Mai Yer loves to travel and eat local authentic food. She believes that the best way to learn about culture is through food. Her strengths are communication, adaptability, organization and event planning.

 

Olivia Clifton (she/her)
Assistant Director
Olivia, a proud first-generation graduate student at the UWM Zilber School of Public Health is pursuing her MPH in Community and Behavioral Health Promotion. Originally from Villa Park, Illinois, she moved with her family to Manitowoc, Wisconsin when she was young. Olivia received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is excited to be continuing her education in graduate school here. She has been with the Inclusive Excellence Center since 2014 and finds her job very rewarding. In her role as the coordinator for first-generation students, Olivia strives to connect students with the resources and tools that will help them to succeed. She appreciates diversity, authenticity, and community. Olivia is a homebody, dog lover, movie fanatic, and foodie. Apart from her role as a graduate student and employee, Olivia enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring Milwaukee, and playing board games.

Emily Grewe (she/her)
Graphic Designer
Emily, a rising senior majoring in Design and Visual Communications, was born and raised in the Suburbs of Chicago. She one day dreams of becoming a Graphic Designer for a major company or any other work where she can be creative and interact with all kinds of people. Art has always been a passion of hers, along with creative writing and makeup. She is also a seasoned barista! Emily began working at the IEC in the summer, and she hopes to gain more experience in her field while also creating content that makes everyone of all identities feel welcome and heard. She strives to connect with others using art as creative outlets bring everyone together. When not working on design projects, Emily can be found organizing her Monster High Doll collection, watching bad reality shows, and drawing her own original characters.

Amanda Ford (she/her)
Lawton Assistant
Amanda, a focused and passionate 5th year college student pursuing a double major in Marketing and Chinese along with an International Business Certificate, was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her dream job is to work for an international company in California, but until then is working on pursuing her interests and building relationships here in Milwaukee. Growing up, Amanda struggled to find her identity and wrestle with feeling like she needed to “choose” with what side of her mixed racial background she identified with. As a result of this, one of Amanda’s hopes wherever she goes, is to bring joy and create a safe space where people feel free to be themselves and be confident in who they are or choose to be. Amanda enjoys reading and writing poetry, playing the piano, finding new restaurants, and going on road trips with her friends.

Makayla Brame (she/her)
DREAMER’s Assistant
Makayla, a junior student double majoring in Sociology and Psychology along with a certificate in Quantitative Social Data Analysis, was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. She transferred from the UWM at Waukesha campus where she graduated Spring 2021 with her Associate of Arts and Sciences degree. Makayla was an active member of the Waukesha campus and is excited to bring her experience and dedication to student life to the Milwaukee campus. Although she has no set plans for what she would like to do after college she does have a passion for helping others and would like to work with members of underserved communities such as juveniles, or on Native American reservations with a particular interest in the reservations her family is a part of or connected to. Makayla began working in the Inclusive Excellence Center in Summer 2021. She is excited to use her position to encourage diversity, equity, social justice, and promote an accepting environment for everyone. When she is not working Makayla enjoys hanging out with her 2 cats, watching crime shows or musical movie adaptations, playing video games, and spending time with friends.

 

In Loving Memory of Stephanie Narvaez

Stephanie was creative, kind, authentic and extraordinarily beautiful on the inside and out. She lit up any room and was the most wonderful addition to our team. Stephanie will always be in our hearts and a part of our family; we will treasure our memories and time spent with her forever. A beautiful soul is never forgotten.

Rest in peace Steph.