UW-Platteville to host event to celebrate female student veterans

Natalie Isensee
Natalie Isensee

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Wright Center for Non-Traditional and Veteran Students, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, the Office of Professional Program Support and the Dean of Students Office will be celebrating UW-Platteville female student veterans with an event, open to the public, on Tuesday, April 18.

“The UW-Platteville I Am Not Invisible Women Veterans Event is focused on honoring our women veterans and service members through creating awareness, conversation and sharing of resources,” said Greg Tremelling, coordinator for the Wright Center for Non-Traditional and Veteran Students at UW-Platteville.

There will be an exhibit in Nohr Gallery, Ullsvik Hall, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., courtesy of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum called “I Am Not Invisible.” The exhibit includes 16 banners highlighting women veterans throughout the state of Wisconsin and focuses on increasing awareness and generating dialogue about the role of women veterans.

At 11 a.m., in Nohr Gallery, speaker Natalie Isensee will share her experience as a veteran navigating the military, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs and will share about her work in diversity, equity and inclusion at WPS Health Solutions and her advocacy in the community. Afterwards, Isensee will participate in a women veterans roundtable discussion, along with several other alumni and community member panelists who will share their experiences, challenges and successes as women and service members and veterans. Personnel from the Grant County Veteran Service Office will be in attendance and will share resources available in the community and region.

“Too often, women veterans and service members are overlooked, and their service, challenges, successes and specific needs are not acknowledged,” said Tremelling. “Recognizing that women veterans and service members are a crucial part of our armed forces, communities and campus, this event will allow them to network, share their stories and learn about resources that exist for them from other women veterans and service members in the community and to know that we recognize their service.”

Isensee is a 2012 graduate of the UW-Platteville Master of Science in Project Management program and was the 2022 Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Woman Veteran of the Year. She is currently a member of the Wisconsin Blue Ribbon Commission on Veterans Opportunity as well as several other veterans and advocacy organizations and is the manager of diversity, equity and inclusion at WPS Health Solutions, a leading not-for-profit health insurer whose services have grown to reach active-duty and retired military personnel, seniors and families in Wisconsin, across the United States and around the world.

For questions or for disability accommodations, contact the Wright Center at wrightcenter@uwplatt.edu or 608-342-7596.