Mel Freitag, PhD

Position title: Diversity & Inclusion Officer


Phone: (608) 263-5273

5165 Signe Skott Cooper Hall

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PhD, University of Wisconsin–Madison
MA, Illinois State University
BA, Augsburg College

Dr. Mel Freitag (she/her) is the Diversity Officer in the School of Nursing at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Freitag serves as a leader and consultant in curriculum development, programming, strategic planning and engaging in recruitment, retention and advising initiatives to create equitable and inclusive organizational practices and policies. She advocates for bold and creative diversity, equity and inclusion models to improve faculty/staff/student recruitment, hiring, orientation, communications/ and professional development. She strives to provide evidence-based tools and strategies for organizations, groups and individuals that are grounded in social justice, health equity, intersectionality, and antiracism. Because of her networks that are both within local, state and national communities of practice, she continues to develop successful and impactful programs, events, and curricula that are aligned with her commitment to create a dynamic, inclusive and diverse environment where all can thrive.

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