With over 30 years of experience in higher education leadership, Dr. Bilodeau brings his vast experience as a diversity and inclusion educator, including serving as one of the official advanced diversity trainers for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For 6+ years, he helped lead the advancement of diversity education workshops for NCAA leadership and at NCAA conferences, colleges, and universities across the country.
He has held wide-ranging administrative leadership positions in higher education, most recently serving as Assistant Vice Chancellor and Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Dr. Bilodeau has previously served as the founding director of the Michigan State University LGBTQ+ Resource Center and a staff member in the MSU Student Affairs Multicultural Development Office. He has also served in positions for university housing, student leadership development, and student life.
A commitment to diversity marks Dr. Bilodeau’s leadership. While at UW-Whitewater (UW-W), his role included the support and advancement of the Wheelchair Basketball Program, whose men's and women’s teams were multi-year NWBA Intercollegiate National Champions. The program’s coaches and athletes have competed in the Paralympic Games. Supervision of UW-W’s nationally recognized Center for Students with Disabilities was also part of his role. He was the recipient of three UW-W Outstanding Faculty-Staff Awards for his support of the Black Student Union, Lambda Alpha Upsilon Latino Fraternity, and IMPACT, the campus LGBTQ+ student organization. Participation in the Learner’s Group’s 6+ year contract with the NCAA to design and deliver its advanced diversity curriculum to colleges and university administrators, coaches, and athletes to colleges and universities across the nation. Dr. Bilodeau’s research agenda has included:
A sample of published work includes Developing gender-inclusive facilitation: Understanding genderism in L. Landreman, Ed., The Art of Effective Facilitation: Reflections from Social Justice Educators, and the book, Genderism: Transgender Students, Binary Systems and Higher Education. He has also engaged in research on GLBT student identity development at three South African Universities.
His scholarship has been recognized by the American Educational Research Association’s Scholar-Activist Dissertation Award, the National Association for Student Personnel Association’s GLBT Knowledge Community Research Award, and the University of Wisconsin System “PB Poorman Pride Award” for his work on advancing the concerns of GLBTQ+ people on campus.
Dr. Bilodeau has wide-ranging experience as a diversity and inclusion educator, including the nation-wide campus NCAA diversity education project. He has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Higher Education Leadership Master’s program at UW-Whitewater. His course teaching and co-teaching have included Introduction to Higher Education Leadership; Diversity and Equity in Higher Education; and Comparative Higher Education Travel Study, a course focusing on examining higher education international systems, with Ecuadorian higher education reform a primary comparison point.
Click to Access Dissertation: Genderism: transgender students, binary systems and higher education
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