Aaron Bird Bear has been appointed the assistant dean for student diversity programs in UW-Madison’s School of Education.
In this role, Bird Bear is responsible for leadership around recruiting, supporting and retaining under-represented undergraduate and graduate students, while also serving as the Multicultural/Disadvantaged Coordinator (MDC) for the School of Education. Bird Bear also oversees the summer College Access Program for high school students, the Summer Education Research Program for prospective graduate students, the Education Graduate Research Scholar’s Program for current graduate students, and the American Indian Curriculum Services unit, which coordinates Wisconsin Indian education efforts in teacher education programs.
Bird Bear came to the UW-Madison campus in 2000 as the American Indian Student Academic Services coordinator in the College of Letters and Science. He has worked in the School of Education since 2009 and most recently served as interim assistant dean for student diversity programs.
“Aaron is a recognized leader and innovator on campus,” said Jeffrey Hamm, the School of Education’s associate dean for student services. “His knowledge and experience will help us address critical challenges we face around student recruitment, retention and climate.”