Campus Protest/Demonstration Response
Campus Partners: Being Prepared for Protest Response
Presentation by University of Wisconsin-Madison Leadership
Dean Lori Berquam and Captain Jason Whitney will be discussing the importance of partnerships on campus when preparing for protests. They will discuss values that guide decisions being made by campus leadership prior to and during protest. Captain Whitney will discuss some tactics that have been used in large disturbances on the University of Wisconsin Madison Campus. They will discuss the importance of building relationships, building trust with the community and having open dialogue pre, during and post incidents.
Meet the Presenters:
Lori M. Berquam, PhD, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
After holding a series of student-centered positions at universities across the country, Lori arrived at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995 and has been in the Dean of Students Office since 2002. In December 2017, Lori was named the Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
As Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Lori is leading the transition to a new and centralized Office of Student Affairs. The newly formed office will bring together the Division of Student Life, Recreational Sports, University Health Service, and the Wisconsin Unions to provide a comprehensive student experience for all students at UW-Madison.
Lori currently holds a dual role, continuing to oversee the Division of Student Life, in addition to her interim role. The division is comprised of more than 100 professional staff from nine different departments. All Division of Student Life departments are united by a shared commitment to cultivate a Wisconsin Experience for all students which advances and interconnects their academic, professional, personal, and social development. Under Lori’s leadership, the division strives to create a campus community where students are inspired and prepared to live the Wisconsin Idea. Lori is an ardent student advocate, committed to social justice and to building strong relationships both on and off campus.
Lori received a BSE in Mathematics and Psychology from Truman State University, a Master’s of Science from the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, and her PhD in Higher Education Leadership from Colorado State University.
Captain Jason Whitney, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jason Whitney started with the University of Wisconsin Madison Police Department (UWPD) on June 1st 1998. Prior to working at UWPD Whitney spent four years in the United States Marine Corps. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in Management in Criminal Justice from Concordia University. In May 2002 Whitney started the departments K9 unit with police K9 Mosely. Whitney expanded the K9 unit to include another explosive detection dog in 2003 and a narcotics detection dog in 2007. Whitney was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2003 an assigned to supervise 2nd shift patrol. Whitney spent 3 years supervising 2nd shift patrol and 3 years supervising 1st patrol. In 2009 Whitney was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned as the Special Events Lieutenant. In this position Whitney was responsible for coordinating, planning and staffing for all special events for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Whitney was promoted to Captain of Investigative Services in 2014 and oversaw investigations, Clery, Threat and the department’s public information officer. In 2017, Whitney transitioned to oversee the operations of the department which consists of all police, security and dispatch operations.