Talisa Smith, MEd

Academic Advisor
Helen Bader School of Social Welfare

Talisa Smith is an academic advisor in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare. She advises students with last names ending A-L and provides services tailored to each student's specific academic needs. She also advises meta-major students within the social and behavioral science pathway in the Office of Centralized Advising (OCA). In addition to her advising duties, she is an instructor for the 105 social work course.

Talisa Smith was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is a proud UWM alumni with a bachelor’s degree in communication and minor in criminal justice. Talisa holds a master’s degree from DePaul University in educational leadership with a concentration in higher education. Prior to her current positions at UWM, she worked in the Student Support Services Office as a graduate assistant and advisor. She continuously volunteers on campus and is part of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

Talisa has experienced college through the lenses of a minority and first-generation student; she is familiar with the barriers most students encounter. She is committed to focusing her career on encouraging students, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, in their efforts of being successful students and realizing their full potential.


  • M.Ed., Educational Leadership (higher education), DePaul University
  • B.A., Communication; Criminal Justice (minor), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee