Meet Our Team

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.

Carmen Pina

Hi! My name is Carmen, I am in my sophomore year of school studying nursing here at UWM. I have been off-campus renting in Milwaukee for over a year now. I enjoy exploring new parts of Milwaukee, attending sporting events like Bucks/Brewers games with my friends, and finding good places to eat! The Neighborhood Housing Office is an amazing resource for first-time student renters to get to know the ins and outs of renting in the Milwaukee area!

Chinmaye Vishwesh

Hi! My name is Chinmaye Vishwesh, and I am an External Relations Student Assistant in the NHO! I am going to be a senior at UWM this fall and hope to graduate with my BSN next December! I love working at the NHO because their office hours are flexible with your class schedule, you can take on responsibilities that will expand your skill set, you get to make great connections with students, and have leadership opportunities inside and outside of the office! I was a transfer student my sophomore year and utilized this office to help ease the difficult transition of finding off campus housing! The Milwaukee area is a beautiful and exciting place to live, and our office offers many resources to aid in finding your place. 🙂  


Professional Staff

Neighborhood Housing Coordinator

Alyssa Wastradowski

Hello, my name is Alyssa, my pronouns are she/they, and this is my first year at UWM! I got my B.A of Sociology at UW Oshkosh and am a graduate student in the Sustainable Peacebuilding program. After working in on-campus housing for years, I noticed an absence in rental education for students moving off campus and that there were a lot of problems they’d encounter, simply because they didn’t know something. This is why I am such a fan of our Preferred Tenant Program, it’s an online, self-paced Canvas course that educates students about renting in Milwaukee and the different resources available to them, both on and off campus. If you complete the course, you’ll even receive a lease addendum that qualifies you for $250 off your security deposit or 2% off your monthly rent when you rent with participating landlords!