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Courtney Bauder

Social Justice Advocate | DEI Expert

Courtney Bauder (he, him, his) currently serves as the Director of the Social Justice Minor Program at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where he has taught a wide variety of courses for 20 years, and was recently recognized with the "Edward Penson Distinguished Teaching Award." As a lifelong learner and reflective practitioner, he continues to educate himself and others about issues of diversity on a local, national and global scale, having traveled to over 40 countries, and serving on a wide variety of community and global organizations addressing discrimination and inequity, and promoting inclusivity and human rights.

For more than 15 years he has supported educators, health care practitioners, corrections officers, and people in diverse faith settings, among others, to navigate through challenging but essential conversations about self-identity, intersectionality, equity, power, privilege and justice and has provided numerous courses, workshops, and trainings across the Midwest to help educators consider their role as culturally responsive practitioners and advocates for equity and justice. He lives in Appleton, Wisconsin with his wife, Gloria, a special education teacher, and two children, Adera and Camden.


Media Links

Article: UW Oshkosh students pay respects at New Zealand mosque devastated in terrorist attack 

Article: ONE Campaign shares agenda to end extreme poverty

Signature Presentations

P2F Conference: Diversity Equity Inclusion: Understanding Our Past and Present…Building Our Future. "Using Our Power and Privilege For Equity", UW Parkside, July 26, 2022.

Medical College of Wisconsin, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Retreat, 2023.

CESA 11, Equity and Social Justice Institute, 2017.

Froedtert Hospital, Racial Equity Educational Series, 2022.

Black Boys: An Endangered Species Conference, Keynote Presenter

"The New Urgency of Now: Realities of the Past…Black Boys Today." Racine, WI. Nov. 17, 2017

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Courtney's commitment to social justice and equity is evident in every aspect of his work. Courtney not only educates but also inspires others to reflect and take action towards creating a more equitable society. It is an honor to work alongside someone who brings such passion and expertise to every presentation.

Educational Consultant

What sets Courtney apart is his approach to planning activities that engage participants on a profound and transformational level. He creates an environment where individuals feel comfortable and encouraged to discuss critical issues surrounding equity and social justice. Through his thoughtfully designed activities, Courtney encourages genuine and impactful discussions, allowing participants to explore these important topics in a safe and inclusive space.

Educational Consultant

Great presentation. It definitely has widened my knowledge and made me more aware of equity and culturally responsive so that I can be culturally responsive in the classroom and outside of the classroom as well.

Equity and Social Justice session participant

The Equity and Social Justice Institute is an eye opening experience and the conversations help to bring equity to the forefront. Excellent training and I look forward to January. Thank you!

Equity and Social Justice session participant

The Equity and Social Justice Institute is an excellent training. The day flew by! Thank you Courtney, for sharing your expertise and for adjusting the format to Train-the-Trainer to best meet the needs of the group.

Equity and Social Justice session participant

I have had the privilege of co-presenting with Courtney Bauder for 14 years, and I am continually impressed by his expertise and dedication to fostering meaningful conversations centered in equity and social justice. Courtney possesses an exceptional depth of knowledge about equity and social justice topics, consistently demonstrating his mastery of the content in every presentation. His ability to convey complex concepts with care and concern for the audience is truly remarkable.

Melissa Moe, Educational Consultant CESA #11


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