Alice Traore –
Alice Y Traore is a learning communities facilitator and curriculum designer for DDEEA’s Learning Communities for Institutional Change and Excellence. Alice has been an employee of the UW System since 2000–first at UW-Milwaukee and currently at UW-Madison. Within higher education, she has worked in student affairs, academic affairs and multicultural affairs. Participating in the following institutes has significantly influenced her current work: Social Justice Training Institute (SJTI), and the Midwest Academy (Organizing for Social Change) and the Equity and Justice Institute. Alice earned a master’s degree in creative writing from Illinois State University. Writing provided a platform for the exploration of race and gender; however, it was several years later that she began to pry at the mask she’s been socialized to wear as a cisgender Black woman in the U.S. As a learning communities facilitator, Alice’s goal is to develop curriculum that centers the experiences of marginalized individuals and assists them on a journey toward liberation—as she, herself, attempts to become a free Black woman.

Caitlin Yunis –
Caitlin Yunis is a partner, mother, and community member, who is passionate about freedom, transformative education, and community. She is a UW-Madison Alumnus, and has been working in the field of education in the Madison community since she graduated in 2006. Her work began at Head Start, the Madison Public Schools and the YWCA Restorative Justice Program, and has led her to the work of LCICE, of which she has been a part since September of 2013. She is a co-facilitator of the Leadership Institute, as well as the undergraduate course Student SEED. She also consults with the Division of Enrollment Management in the area of learning communities and the Engagement, Inclusion and Diversity Committee. Caitlin is interested in incorporating theatre of the oppressed and popular education into the structure and curriculum of social justice conversations on and off of campus.

Frieda Zuckerberg –
In partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Advising (OUA), Frieda Zuckerberg designs and facilitates dialogue-based professional development opportunities for advisors informed by social justice, equity and inclusion. She is also a member of the Advisors Board for Advisor Training (ATDT). Prior to moving to WI, Frieda spent years in Central New York designing programs for the Onondaga Nation and later at Cortland Community College. After moving to WI, she worked at the Lussier Community Education Center as an Assistant Director. In 2012 Frieda began working at UW-Madison as Advisor in the Chican@ and Latin@ Studies until she decided to pursue her Masters in Social Work in 2014. Frieda holds a BA in Psychology based Human Relations from Connecticut College, and an MSW from UW-Madison.

Jay Botsford –
Jay Botsford (pronouns: ze/zir/zirs/zirself) has been advocating with LGBTQ+ communities in WI since 2002, providing equity & justice-focused training/consulting to service providers and institutions, supporting the leadership of students and youth to make change in their communities, and organizing for racial, gender, health, and disability justice. Ze has worked at UW-Madison since 2016 and joined the LCICE team in 2019. Before moving to Madison, Jay worked in the nonprofit world in many roles, including as a sexuality educator, youth program manager, health advocate, and social justice educator/consultant. Ze is passionate about community care/mutual aid, building accomplices (not just allies), and centering health, healing, and pleasure in justice work.

Karin Silet –
Karin Silet has worked at UW-Madison since 2005 focusing on curriculum development, mentoring research, and facilitating dialogue-based learning communities centered on understanding the impact of our social identities on our leadership practices. In addition to working specifically with faculty and staff who identify as white in the Leadership Community of Practice and with a cross-section of faculty and staff in the Leadership Institute, Karin also co-facilitates dialogue-based courses with undergraduate and graduate students in Student SEED (CP325) and Health Equity & Social Justice (SAS490).

Seema Kapani

Shanta’s daughter, Seema Kapani initiated dialog based racial and social justice grounded educational initiatives, Learning Communities (LCs) in 1998. To date, LCs continue to build UW Madison staff, faculty, students, and the larger Madison community members capacities to create and foster equitable teaching, learning, and working environments conducive to everyone’s success.

Her key areas of interest and practice include: Appreciative Leadership; Transformative Personal and Organizational Change; Intercultural Communication and Conflict Transformation; Appreciative mentoring, coaching, and guiding; Social Justice grounded program and curriculum development and implementation; Adult Learning and Identity Development theories and its application.

Seema holds a BA in Education, Botany, and Literature. MS in Medical/Psychiatric Social Work and Sociology. And, a Doctorate degree in Sociology. Currently, she serves as the Director of Learning Communities for Institutional Change and Excellence (LCICE).  LCICE is a unit within the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement (DDEEA).

Stephen has been a part of the UW-Madison campus since 1991, when he relocated from the Boston area to pursue his MFA in Acting (UW ’94). At that time, he joined Men Stopping Rape, Inc. (MSR), which began a life-long commitment to examining and critiquing traditional masculinity and working to end violence. He has done statewide work for the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault as part of their Prevention Team; and, he has worked at the national level as part of SafetyNet, a project of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (based in Washington, D.C.). In 2016, he joined the staff at LCICE, where he helps with communications, evaluation, staffs the Division’s Data Council, and co-created and co-facilitates the Evolving Masculinity Learning Community (EMLC).