Social Justice Education Programs

Social Justice Education Programs provide educational opportunities that support exploration and engagement in topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion. UW community members are able to request trainings and workshops as well as participate in other learning opportunities about social justice. Collaboration with student organizations and campus partners is encouraged and occurs regularly.

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Meet Our Professional Staff

Triston King (he/him/his) is the Assistant Director for Social Justice Education and Engagement in the Office of Inclusion Education. He is originally from Milwaukee, WI and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stevens-Point in 2015 with a Bachelors in Communication and a minor in Women and Gender Studies and from Marquette University with a Masters in Student Affairs of Higher Education in 2017. Prior to working at UW-Madison, he worked at Clarke University in Dubuque, IA and UW-Platteville, working in areas related to diversity and inclusion. Triston is dedicated to promoting inclusion and diversity as both a personal and professional priority. Triston is also a huge gamer and animation fan. He enjoys swimming and traveling with friends and family. He is a “blue” personality type in reference to True Colors, and values building relationships with students and fellow colleagues.


Abbi Stickels (she/her/they/them) is an alumna of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Abbi serves as the Social Justice Education Specialist at the university, where she has developed a passion for student affairs and elevating a sense of belonging for all students on campus. Abbi is a versatile artist, practitioner, and researcher, with a primary focus on diversity, inclusion, and education in both dance and education. Balancing her roles as a freelance artist and an advocate for social justice, Abbi strives to unite communities, audiences, and perspectives, fostering a more inclusive and diverse society.

Alongside her professional careers Abbi is currently pursuing a MS in Higher Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Abbi’s academic journey explores the intersection of arts and education, with a particular focus on the benefits of arts integration on a sense of belonging in higher education. Her research also delves into the transformative power of dance in shaping social identities and self-perceptions, especially for transracial adoptees.

Passionate about merging the worlds of art and advocacy, Abbi finds fulfillment in both disciplines and continually seeks opportunities to intertwine them, creating a space where creativity and equity intersect.

Meet Our Interns

Interns with Social Justice Education offer unique perspectives, interests, and experiences that propel our programming and facilitations throughout the academic year. Interns work alongside the Social Justice Education Specialist to develop their skills in student affairs programming and social justice advocacy and understanding. They play an integral part in the advancements of the Social Justice Education programming!

Forrest Jensen (he/him) is a second-year student majoring in Sociology and plans to get a PhD in the study. This is his first year with the Social Justice Education team and OIE. He is passionate about LGBT rights, criminal justice reform, and food and housing security. Some of his past work includes volunteering with the Social Justice Center and working to increase student voter turnout. In his free time, Forrest enjoys going to thrift stores, drawing, and spending time with his tabby cat, Ori.






Ishita Luitel (She/Her) is a second-year student studying Sociology and Political Science interested in attending law school. This is her first year with the Social Justice Education team and OIE. She is interested in a plethora of social justice issues, including but not limited to intersectionality, reproductive rights, economic inequalities, and immigration rights. Ishita is a proud member of the Nepali-American Friendship Association here in Madison. In her free time, Ishita enjoys trying new foods, hanging out with friends, and watching Law and Order SVU.





Landis Varughese (he/him) is a second-year student studying English and Legal Studies in pursuit of a career in practicing law. This is his first year working for OIE and he’s excited to learn about facilitating important discussions regarding social justice across various contexts.. In addition to his work in OIE, Landis serves as the Anti-Violence Coordinator for the Associated Students of Madison, UW-Madison’s Student Government, as well an administrative staff member of the Madison Journal of Literary Criticism – an abolitionist publication on campus. In his free time, Landis loves working out at the gym, reading + writing, and going on adventures with friends.






Olivia Onek is a senior at UW-Madison. She is double majoring in Political Science and Gender & Women’s studies with a minor in Criminal Justice. These areas of study reflect her interests in reproductive justice, local advocacy work, and supporting system impacted individuals. She is passionate about educating her community on social justice issues and is excited to do so with the OIE. She has previously been involved with the student organizations Amnesty International and Planned Parenthood Generation Action. In her free time, Olivia likes to thrift, do yoga, spend time with friends, and walk her dog, Bean. 






Ruby Slavin (She/Her) is a second-year student studying Neurobiology and Psychology, in the hopes of attending medical school. She is new to Social Justice Education and the OIE, but is very excited to join the team. She is passionate about women’s health rights and conversations surrounding intersectionality of race, ethnicity, gender, etc. Ruby is also a member of the club on campus called She’s the First, which aims to educate women and others about women’s rights around the world. In her free time, Ruby loves to read, bake, watch movies, and spend time with friends.






Shu Lan Schaut (she/her) is a second-year student studying Neurobiology and English Literature, with an interest in potentially going to medical school. This is her second year interning with the Social Justice Education team and OIE. She is interested in a myriad of social justice topics including reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights, intersectionality, BIPOC solidarity, and more. In her free time, she enjoys reading and going to bookstores, trying new restaurants and spending time with friends.


The mission of Social Justice Education Programs is to cultivate learning opportunities that develop and support self-exploration, critical dialogue, and the capacity to build just and inclusive communities.  

Social Justice Education Programs envisions a campus community that addresses and challenges systems of power, privilege, and oppression to cultivate an inclusive and equitable environment that values and affirms all members.