Dr. Ozalle Toms has worked in the field of education for over 20 years. She earned her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her areas of interest are teacher preparation, campus climate, and culturally responsive instruction. Her long-standing passion for education was ignited during her eight-year tenure as a high school special education teacher. At the higher education level, she is actively involved in initiatives relating to supporting university students who have aged out of foster care, those relating to student success and equity, access, and inclusion.
Dr. Toms joined the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2012 and served there for 10 years as a faculty member in the college of education and professional studies and as an Assistant Vice Chancellor. She currently serves as the Campus Executive for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point at Wausau. Dr. Toms conducts training at the campus, state, national and international levels on Microaggressions, Civil Discourse, White Privilege, and Reducing Unconscious Bias in the Hiring Process. She also provides educational consulting to K-12 personnel and school districts on supporting at-risk youth and creating inclusive environments.
Ozalle is a proud Detroit native but resides in Weston, WI. Her most significant accomplishments are raising three biological sons, being a grandmother of three, and accepting the call to be a foster mom to six. She is the author of Letting Perseverance Finish and the owner of DocOzLLC.
She was also named one of Wisconsin’s 52 Most Influential Black Leaders for 2022 by Madison365.