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The Changemaker

She’s an expert in tribal law, a former associate dean, an appellate judge, a citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians... and a trained opera singer. Meet Elizabeth Kronk Warner, dean of the S.J. Quinney College of Law. The first female and first Native American dean in the school’s 107-year history is unapologetic in her push to take the college to new heights.

Kronk Warner believes student wellness should be a top priority, is working toward more collaboration across campus, and is incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion into the school’s curriculum. And with contagious enthusiasm, she’s the U’s greatest new ambassador. “I pretty much eat, breathe, and sleep thinking about the U. I mean, what’s not to love here?”


Pride & Prejudice. My husband makes fun of me because it’s like my old friend. Reading Jane Austen makes me feel like I’m curling up with a cup of hot cocoa under a blanket on a cold day. Total escapism.


The Matrix. It came out while I was doing a study abroad in Singapore, and movies were just a dollar on Tuesdays. I love the Alice-in-Wonderland story, and I think Keanu Reeves is just a good person. Who doesn’t love Keanu?


Bunky Echo-Hawk is a modern Native artist, and I think his work is fascinating. He’s a master of bold, striking colors and thought-provoking imagery.

NFL Team

Packers, baby! I’m die-hard. I lived close to Green Bay growing up. I spent a lot of time outside of the team’s headquarters trying to see players during training camp, and I even have a signed football from the 2013-14 team in my office.


Some tribal environmental laws are leaps and bounds ahead of our national policy. So, much of my research has looked at how we can see tribes as innovation labs and apply their lessons to our state and federal policy.


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  1. Welcome to the team!! We should hook up! I’m the Director of Opera at the U and am a diehard Packers fan too!! I grew up in Marinette, an hour from Green Bay, and I even have some “Menominee” in my blood! Glad you’re here!!!

    1. Your effort at outreach to your colleague is commendable, but there is a pejorative meaning among college-age students to the term “hook up” which I presume you did not intend.

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