Welcome to the Division of Student Affairs!

As a UWM-Student Affairs employee, you serve a critical role in creating a thriving student-centered learning community dedicated to the success and well-being of students, colleagues and the University community.

Our goal is to provide the guidance, resources, and tools needed to successfully transition into a new position. The three links below guide you through the first month.

Meet with your departmental HR Representative

Schedule time to have your HR related questions answered and make sure all required paperwork is completed. Your department’s HR Representative has expert knowledge that can help you with the decisions you may need to make.

Get your Employee ID

Your Employee ID (PantherCard) is your key to many services and events at UW-Milwaukee. It is your official university identification and as a student or employee you are required to carry it with you whenever you are on campus. You will be asked to present your UWM PantherCard to use the library and other campus facilities. PantherCards are issued in the Panther Office, located in Union W143. There is no PantherCard fee for faculty/staff. For additional regarding about obtaining a PantherCard, replacing a PantherCard, and PantherCard Use Policy please visit the PantherCard site.

Arrange for Parking

Parking is a very individual choice.  Questions you may want to consider:

  • How often will you leave campus during the day?
  • Do you want your car to be parked in a covered shelter
  • How close do you want to park to your office?
  • How much would you consider paying for your parking?

Please visit UWM’s Parking and Transit office’s website for the most up-to-date employee parking information. Parking and Transit has valuable information on the types of parking options available, costs, and applications needed.

Schedule and attend a Benefits Orientation

It is recommended that you attend a benefits orientation as soon as possible. You have thirty days from your contractual date of hire to apply for many benefits (including your application for health insurance).

It is possible for you to attend prior to your start date. View the upcoming schedule to see what dates/times may work for you.

Go over your New Employee Checklist with your supervisor

New Employee Orientation

There are four major areas of focus for the day:

  • Getting to know Student Affairs
  • “It’s all about the Students” – Being Student Centered
  • Engagement and Resources
  • Diversity and Inclusivity

The orientation program will be held 3 times a year following peak hiring periods (late February, June and October). This is an opportunity to meet people across the division and learn how their department connects with others.  The program will begin at 8:30 and end at 12:00 with activities throughout the morning. Breakfast is provided. Sign up for the next New Employee Orientation (February July 27, 2020, 8:30AM – 12:00PM in the Alumni Fireside Lounge, Student Union).

UWM Academic Staff Orientation

If applicable, attend the UWM Academic Staff Orientation.  More information on UWM Academic Staff, and the Orientation, can be found on UWM’s Academic Staff website.

UWM Code of Conduct

Read the UWM Code of Conduct, sign and give to your HR department representative.

Required Training

Review with your supervisor what trainings you will need.  Be sure to get them scheduled on to your calendar.  Trainings may include HIPAA (medical privacy), FERPA (student privacy), Title IX, Clery Act, Executive Order #54, customer service, etc.

Contact Information

Obtain important contact information from your supervisor or HR Representative.


Take a campus tour to help you find your way around.

Staff Development

Attend the Student Affairs 4th Tuesday Staff Development program.  This program provides a variety of training on everything from the services we offer to Title IX.  Check your email for dates/times and locations.

Governance Groups

Check with your supervisor, or departmental HR Representative, about governance groups you may be interested in working with.

UWM has four governing bodies:

Life Wellness Programs

View information about maintaining your Work Life Balance here at UWM.

Learn about Student Affairs

Explore the other departments within Student Affairs: