Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

MATC's Equity & Inclusion Statement

MATC is breaking down barriers that stand between students and their academic and career success by providing a safe place where differences are valued and celebrated. We promote awareness, training, and crucial conversations to move beyond our individual biases, whether unconscious or implicit, to create an inclusive environment that welcomes, accepts, and respects all students and employees while serving the unique needs of each individual. This resonates through the attitudes and behaviors of all those who work and learn at the College.

Contact the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: diversity@matc.edu 


President's Task Force on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Under the direction of the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, the Task Force will work to gain a shared understanding of MATC’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion needs, explore short-term and long term solutions and make recommendations to the President. The Task Force will examine all current DEI activities, initiatives, and efforts in order to create a DEI plan that will advance racial equity, address barriers to equity, and ensure equitable and inclusive practices, policies, procedures and programs. Task force DEI recommendations and DEI Plan will be supported by a newly created DEI Steering Committee.

Task Force Charter and Membership (link)

Employee Affinity Groups

All employees are invited to join the newly-created Employee Affinity Groups. They promote equitable outcomes for all students and employees by creating an inclusive and supportive college environment. The groups will play a critical role in driving organization initiatives, supporting employees through development and engagement opportunities and representing the organization in our community.

  • BIPOC Allyship
  • Black Women
  • Interfaith
  • Latinx Unidos Network Alliance (LUNA)
  • LGBTQ+ and Allies
  • Parents
  • Women



Establishing Equity as a Strategic Priority, Fall 2020

Hiring a DEI Executive, March 2021

Board Retreat with Equity Agenda, Spring 2021

Document & Webpage Translation, Fall 2020

Juneteenth Paid Holiday


Hispanic Serving Institution Initiative, 2019

Men of Color Initiative, Spring 2015

Promise for New High School Graduates, Fall 2016

Promise for Adults, Fall 2018

Second Chance Pell Grants for Incarcerated Students

Storm Ahead Summer Bridge Program

Uniquely Abled Academy for Autistic Learners, Fall 2020

Multiple Measures Placement /Elimination of High Stakes Testing


Affordable Housing Options - Milwaukee area, November 2020

Affordable Housing Options - Mequon area

DACA Scholarships for Undocumented Students, Fall 2020

DACA Plus Scholarships

Dreamkeepers (Emergency Grant) Funds

Food Pantry & Student Resource Center, 2016

Health Insurance/ Health Care

Open Educational Resources / Textbook Alternatives

ReStart Debt Forgiveness for Returning Students

Right Path Program, April 2016

Start Fresh Program, 2019

Scholarship Partnership with HPGM, Fall 2019


Wes Moore, Author - March 2013

Michelle Alexander, Author & Civil Rights Attorney - September 2014

Jimmy Santiago Baca, Chicano & Apache Poet - March 2015

Bryan Stevenson, Human Rights Attorney & Author - March 2016

Tavis Smiley, Television Host - April 2016

Daniel Karpowitz, Author and Higher Education in Prison Advocate - March 2018

Rob Johnstone, Equity and Guided Pathways expert - March 2019

Dr. Gina Garcia, HSI Expert - October 2019

Dr. Luke Wood, Dean's Distinguished Professor of Education at San Diego State University - July 2020

Dr. Ibram Kendi, Author and Antiracism Expert - March 2021



Avoiding Bias in the Interviewing Process Training, Spring 2020

New Faculty Training Modules on Supporting Culturally Responsive Teaching in Required Courses for FQAS

Unlearning Racism/ Implicit Bias (YWCA), March 2019

Noel Levitz Quality Student Service Training for Counselors and Advisors, September 2020

Conference Travel Grants eCornell University Diversity & Inclusion Certification, 2020

Cultural Competence Training (M.A.I.N. Event), October 2020

M-Cubed Annual ELA, Math and Science Faculty Workshop, Spring 2018




Eva Martinez Powless

Eva Martinez Powless is MATC’s chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. Ms. Martinez Powless is a seasoned diversity, equity and inclusion practitioner with over 18 years of combined experience in higher education and nonprofit administration. She has held positions at Marquette University as Assistant Dean of Admissions, Director of the Office of Intercultural Engagement and Director of Diversity and Inclusion. 

Ms. Martinez Powless earned a Bachelor of Arts from Alverno College and master’s degree in Public Service (Leadership Specialization) from Marquette University, where she is currently a doctoral candidate in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, Higher Education and Leadership. She was a first-generation and low-income college student, which propelled her commitment to college access and success.

Contact: 414-297-6491 | marte176@matc.edu



dr-bonaparte_2.jpgDr. Wilma L. Bonaparte has served Milwaukee Area Technical College for over 25 years. Bonaparte was the first MATC District-wide Director of Bilingual/Basic Skills Programs and founder of the MATC - Urban Teacher Education Program in 1988. During her tenure, she has served the college in various roles, at all 4 campuses and in most academic departments at the college.  Her positions included Associate Dean, Manager of the Counseling & Testing Center at the West Allis Campus and Dean of MATC's School of Liberal Arts and Sciences before assuming the role of Executive Director (former title Vice-President) of the Mequon Campus. Dr. Bonaparte has worked in other four and two year institutions (including Puerto Rico) as an administrator and faculty member.

Dr. Bonaparte holds a Doctorate of Education from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, a Certificate in Leadership from Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management, A Transformational Leadership Certificate from Cardinal Stritch University, a Master's of Education from Penn State University and a Bachelor in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico. With over 35 years of experience, Dr. Bonaparte has ensured that the diverse language learners and marginalized/non-traditional populations have better access and success in Higher Education.

Dr. Bonaparte was selected as one of the “28 Most Powerful Latinos" in Wisconsin in 2017 and received a  “Game Changer in Education Award" from the NAACP in 2017. In 2014, the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI), Milwaukee Chapter, awarded her with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her efforts to improve the lives and educational opportunities of children, parents and child care providers in the Greater Milwaukee Community.

As Project Director and DEI Grant Committee Co-Chair, she oversees the budget and provides synergetic collaboration with the HSI Task Force.

Contact: 262-238-2276 | bonaparw@matc.edu


Arturo MartinezDr. Martinez has been appointed to serve in various national committees, including serving on the US Hispanic congressional committee on Hispanic Affairs.  Received the  National LULAC State Director award at the 2015 National conference in Utah. In 2015 Dr. Martinez received two outstanding awards.  He was awarded the 2015 UMOS “Hispanic Man of the Year” and also received the Eagles Award from the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation in 2015.  In 2018 Dr. Martinez was awarded the Bridges to Opportunity Award by the TransCenter of Youth. 

Dr. Martinez has been a presenter at various national conferences including: Migrant Association of Farmworkers Organization (MAFO), National Association of State Directors of Migrant Education (NASDME), U.S. Department of Migrant Education (OME), Milwaukee Jobs for the Future 2013 conference, and at various Wisconsin Technical College System, state conferences, where he has presented topics in education, and organizational development.  Most recently in 2018 he was a presenter at the COABE national conference in Phoenix, Arizona.  He served as the key note speaker for the 2009 LULAC State Migrant Conference. 

Dr. Martinez earned his Ph.D. in May of 2008.  His dissertation titled “Living in a Dream” the experience of Adult Immigrants in an Adult Education program, captured the experience of 15 adult immigrants who pursue an adult education in Post-Secondary Education, GED, and/or ESL. 

Contact: 414-297-6803 | martinas@matc.edu


Myra George is the Project Coordinator and DEI Committee Co-Chair. In addition, Myra is a full-time faculty member in MATC's English Department. She has spent her entire career working towards equitable access to higher education for historically marginalized students, first as an English teacher at Shaw University, a historically black college in North Carolina, and later as an associate director in the Marquette University Educational Opportunity Program. In her more than a dozen years at Marquette, she directed two TRIO programs: the Student Support Services program and Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, helping underrepresented students gain entry to doctoral programs.  After leaving Marquette, she moved to Massachusetts and had her first experience teaching in the community college arena. She has spent more than 15 years at MATC and co-chairs the Accreditation Steering Committee, the General Education CLA Committee, and supports the General Education Pathway. Together with former Committee member Equan Burrows, she co-chairs the Equity and Diversity committee for the African American Network, an employee affinity group at MATC.

As Project Coordinator and DEI Grant Committee Co-Chair, Ms. George created the DEI website (and now maintains it), leads annual strategic planning of the programming, organizes the activity calendar, secures subject matter experts to lead workshops, writes the triannual reports, writes the surveys, and carries out the day-to-day work of the Committee.  She led the work to bring Prof. Ibram Kendi and Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr. to the campus and community.

Myra holds an M.A. degree in English from The Ohio State University and a B.A.S. degree from Bennett College, an all Black women's college. She has also completed the Equity and Inclusion certificate from Cornell University and the Social Justice Facilitation certificate program with Paul Gorski. She is a member of the National Assn of Diversity Officers in Higher Education and a life member of the NAACP.  

Contact: 414-238-2268 | georgem@matc.edu

Committee Members

  • Dr. Wilma Bonaparte, Project Director & Co-Chair
  • Myra George, Project Coordinator & Co-Chair
  • Dr. Christine Manion
  • Carlos Aranda (joined 2020-2021)
  • Aisha Barkow (joined 2020 - 2021)
  • Nick Brayton
  • Amanda Brooks
  • Jeannie Bynum
  • Carriel Danz (joined 2020-2021)
  • Kate Erickson
  • Cynthia Galvan (joined 2020-2021)
  • Eric Gass
  • Kamela Goodwyn
  • Jerry Key
  • Michelle Krueger
  • Amarilis Martinez
  • Will Smith
  • Karli Tatum
  • Michelle Vangay
  • Sara Willkomm Cappaert
  • Carol Voss (joined 2020 - 2021)
  • Dwayne Windham
  • Bohdan Zachary
  • Former Members: Equan Burrows (2019 - 2020), Cass Lanier (2019 - 2020)
Contact Information: equity@matc.edu




For more information about upcoming events and presentations, visit the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Project site 


UAA at MATC to Launch CNC Training for Individuals with High-Functioning Autism

350 Students to Receive GEDs and HSEDs in Virtual Graduation Ceremony Hosted by MATC May 18

Statement from President Martin on the Verdict Against Derek Chauvin

Eva Martinez Powless Named MATC’s Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Officer

MATC to Host Free, Public, Virtual Conversation with Ibram X. Kendi, Author of "How to be an Antiracist," March 31

Standing with our Asian American Pacific Islander students and employees

MATC to Host ‘Casa Abierta,” a Virtual (English-Spanish) Bilingual Open House, Thursday, March 25