Faculty and Staff

Elness, Nathan

Nathan Elness

Nathan Riel-Elness

Gender & Sexuality Outreach Coordinator

Start Year: 2016

Student Affairs
Office: 170 University Center
Phone: 715-425-3894



 M.S in Education: Student Affairs Administration in Higher Educaiton, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

B.B.A. in Marketing, University of North Dakota

Additional Information:

Nathan's role is to lead gender and sexuality outreach initiatives including programming and services. The goal is to increase the retention and success of our LGBTQIA+ students. Our office will start to work with identity-based student organizations to create, plan, and coordinate campus-wide programs and events. We will collaborate with our campus partners to provide on-going training for students, faculty, and staff.

About Me:

I grew up in Fargo, ND and currently reside with my partner in the Twin Cities metro area. As an undergraduate student, I was very actively involved with many different student organizations and campus departments. It is because of those experiences that experiences that I chose to pursue a career in higher education. I believe that higher education and co-curricular involvement are just two of the many ways that individuals choose to better themselves. And I believe that we should do everything possible to provide equal access and opportunity for all individuals on our campus. Who knows what our students are capable of? Why would we want to limit their potential?