University of Wisconsin–Madison
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UW–Madison is committed to creating a community where every person feels welcome, valued, and able to succeed. This is an ongoing and collaborative effort. Chancellor Blank announced several specific actions in her Open Letter to the UW–Madison Community in March 2016. This site tracks progress and reports on the outcomes of these initiatives. Join the effort to make our campus more inclusive for the diverse members of our community.

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Campus reaches out through ‘Dear World’ event

Student Andrew Briceno takes part in Dear World, an award-winning social media campaign that invites people to share meaningful messages.

Student Andrew Briceno takes part in Dear World, an award-winning social media campaign that invites people to share meaningful messages through portraits. (Photo by Jeff Miller) …
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A century on, celebrating the first Yiddish-language college course

One century ago, the University of Wisconsin became the first institution of higher education in the Americas — and perhaps the world — to teach Yiddish, the language of the eastern European Jews. Louis Bernard Wolfenson, a La Crosse native and UW alumnus, started teaching the classes in the semester …
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Winners announced for Outstanding Women of Color awards

The Outstanding Women of Color Selection Committee is pleased to announce the six Outstanding Women of Color for 2016: …
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New support for graduate students with disabilities

Britt Zeidler, a graduate student at UW–Madison, recently spoke to News 3 about a new effort she started to help address some of the challenges graduate students with disabilities face on campus. She hopes to provide more support and advocacy. She would also like to raise better awareness. Watch her interview here: …
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Mental health services can expand to better serve students

As part of a larger effort to increase students’ access to care, UHS hired additional providers that will begin serving students this semester. Included among the hires are two positions funded by Chancellor Blank to seek to meet the needs of students of color.
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Tickets available soon for ‘Go Big Read’ event

This year’s selection, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by UW-Madison alumnus Matthew Desmond, tells the story of eight Milwaukee families faced with losing their homes. Desmond will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Memorial Union Theater. Free tickets are available starting Oct. 3 for UW–Madison students and staff …
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UW-Madison wins two first-ever ‘NSF INCLUDES’ awards

Two UW-Madison projects hope to develop bold new approaches for diversifying the science and engineering workforce of the United States. The projects will help underrepresented students succeed in undergraduate STEM studies and create The Consortium of Minority Doctoral Students.
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