Ida Balderrama-Trudell

Position title: Interim Assistant Dean & Director


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Ida currently serves as the interim Assistant Dean/Director for the Multicultural Student Center. She has almost 20 years of higher education experience, ranging from her own graduate education, to student services, academic administration, advising, teaching and health and wellness.  She practices a socio-ecological approach to her work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a fierce social justice practitioner and advocate. She holds a master’s degree in Human Development & Family Studies from UW-Madison and bachelor’s degrees from Texas Tech University, in both Psychology and Human Development & Family Studies. Her master’s thesis focused on the ambiguous discrimination experiences for Mexican American college-age students. She enjoys making meaningful connections with students and being a small part of their life journey. She’s also a Girl Scout leader for both of her daughter’s Girl Scout Troops, loves cooking, and reading and most importantly spending time with loved ones and dear colleagues. She is committed to life-long learning, self-care and advocacy and is a proud Chicana, born in California, raised in Texas and living in Wisconsin.