DenDekker

Lecturer

(414) 288-4037
Independent practitioner
Lalumiere Language Hall, 108

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I was born and raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin as part of a family five.  I attended both Catholic and public K-12 schools. My passion for social justice began with a book my mother read to me as a small child and this developed through my middle and high school careers. Even as a young person, I instinctually found a myriad of ways to highlight injustices in the systems that surrounded me. 

I opted to study at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) because I desired a larger, urban environment and a public university. My initial intent was to study psychology. However, I found that I perceived the field to be too biologically and individually driven. I was much more interested in the impact of the social environment on human welfare, especially our globalizing economy.

In my sophomore year of college, I serendipitously came across a brochure for the international studies degree. I changed my major, which allowed me to study Chinese, Spanish, economics, political science, and learn about social systems, austerity and globalization. Through this I became more of a global citizen and my concern for social welfare and justice skyrocketed. I graduated with tons of knowledge, but I felt the need to channel it into action.

I was guided into AmeriCorps*VISTA with Wisconsin Campus Compact and served at the service-learning programs of both UWM and Marquette University. I worked alongside faculty to create community-based curriculum to increase campus-community partnerships and academic aspirations of underrepresented youth while also increasing multicultural competency. During that time, I met master’s level social workers who were creating real change for individuals and communities. I found my professional home. I pursued a master’s degree in social work and graduated from the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare in 2008.

I continue to act as an agent of change through my work as a psychotherapist, college instructor and social activist. I am thankful for the opportunity to “be the difference” while serving as an instructor at Marquette University and sincerely hope our coursework inspires MU students to do the same.

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Lalumiere Language Hall, Room 340
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-6838 | Fax: (414) 288-6444