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A.J. Clauss, M.S.Ed., MBA

AJ Clauss (they/them) holds a Master of Business Administration from Viterbo University, with an emphasis in Ethical Leadership, and a Master of Science in Education focusing on College Student Development and Administration from UW-La Crosse.

Currently, AJ serves as the Equity & Inclusion Leader at Western Technical College where they co-lead the DAT (Diversity Advocacy Team: Hate/bias impacted response), and Equity Leaders (co-worker grassroots social justice collective) and co-creates strategic JEDI planning. They previously worked as the Programming Coordinator for the Research & Resource Center for Campus Climate, co-advisor to the SEEDs program (social justice peer education), ATP (Awareness through Performance), and the Native American Student Association at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

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Their higher education tenure also included time in Residence Life at Carroll College and Georgetown University. AJ has also served as leadership within the Kwik Trip organization. They has presented at numerous regional and national conferences on Knowing Your "Why": Leading with Purpose, White Privilege in the LGBTQ Community, Equitable Decision Making, Sexual Assault Prevention, Native American Retention, and Mentoring & Career Success in Women from Lower Socioeconomic Status.

AJ's true passion lies beyond academic achievements, titles, and accolades. Their true passion is working with students, faculty, and staff, especially Indigenous and other marginalized communities. AJ's drive is to empower, support, and validate their truth.

Areas of Focus: Hate/Bias Response (supporting those who are impacted by hate/bias), Creating Inclusive Spaces, Leading with Purpose, Building Relationships Across Differences, Supporting Indigenous Students

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