UW McNair

Meet our Staff

The EIP staff is composed of a program director, associate director, counseling services coordinator, and two graduate advisors who are in the process of obtaining doctoral degrees.

We welcome you to drop in or schedule an appointment to meet with us. Please see the Advisor Schedule if you would like to make an appointment with a specific Graduate Advisor.

Professional Staff 


Gabriel Gallardo, Ph.D. 
Associate Vice President of Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity

email: gabegms@uw.edu

Dr. Gallardo earned his Ph.D. in Geography. His research interests include the geography of race and ethnicity, Latino settlement in the U.S., and the socio-spatial dimensions of ethnic economies. His dissertation research focused on the social, economic, and geographic dimensions of African American, Chinese, Korean, and Mexican entrepreneurship. He is also interested in minority student access to graduate education and graduate retention issues.


Gene Kim, Ph.D. 
Associate Director of McNair & Early Identification Program, OMAD              
email: genekim@uw.edu  

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 1999-2001University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education.
Ph.D. Education 1999, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
M.S. Counseling 1995, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Gene's research and life interests/experience


Rosa E. Ramirez, MPA 
Counseling Services Coordinator

email: rosaelia@uw.edu

Rosa is a UW graduate with a B.A. in Art History. She also holds a Masters of Public Administration degree. She has been working for the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity full time now for the last 7 years. She is very interested in learning about other cultures and languages. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in International Studies.





Graduate Student Advisors


Brooke Cassell

Graduate Student Advisor

email: mcnair2@uw.edu

Brooke Cassell is pursuing a PhD in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences following her MS obtained from UW in 2012. Her research interests are fire ecology, restoration ecology and forest resilience in the face of climate change. She grew up outside of Chicago, IL and obtained her BA in Sound Recording at Columbia College Chicago in 2003.




Jorge Martínez

Graduate Student Advisor

email: mcnair1@uw.edu

Jorge Martínez is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at UW.  His research focuses on criminal justice, law and society, social policy, and racial and ethnic relations.  Jorge worked with EIP/McNair between 2009-2011 and has returned this fall as a GSA.  He is currently working on his dissertation titled "Felon Welfare Exclusions: From Policy to Practice" investigating the social construction of drug-convicted felon welfare exclusions and policy adoption at the state level.