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Producer and actress Lena Waithe speaks with students at a Black History Month event.

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 with initiatives across campus. 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.

News and updates

UW professor leads national study on effectiveness of mentoring in STEMM

Photo: Angela Byars-Winston

Angela Byars-Winston, a UW–Madison professor of medicine, leads a new National Academy of Sciences ad hoc committee studying whether mentoring can increase diversity in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math, medicine) fields.
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UW professor discusses racial intricacies of U.S., campus histories

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Dr. Christy Clark-Pujara spoke to approximately 60 students about the historical aspects of race in the U.S. and how this history plays a role in UW-Madison students’ day-to-day life.
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A background in spoken word and music has served as a powerful launchpad for junior Jamie Dawson.


The experience — of finding inspiration and expanding in knowledge — has become a hallmark of junior Jamie Dawson’s time at the university.
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Survey results suggest the newly expanded Our Wisconsin program is making inroads


In its second year, the Our Wisconsin inclusion program at UW–Madison expanded four-fold to 4,332 students, and survey results suggest it is increasing awareness of and respect for diversity on campus.
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Outstanding Women of Color honored

Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo © Andy Manis)

The tenth annual class of Outstanding Women of Color awardees were honored at a reception Feb. 22 at the Pyle Center. In a campus tradition dating back to 2007-2008, the award celebrates women who share their exceptional scholarship with the campus and community through their dedicated work, outreach and impact.
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Brushed aside: Students, faculty struggle to define what ethnic studies mean at UW

In the classroom, minority students grapple with requirement clearly designed for white majority …
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Obama portraits break new ground artistically and culturally, UW expert says


“I was both surprised and amazed with the finished paintings,” says Leslie Smith III, an associate professor of painting and drawing at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. “They both undoubtedly exhibit the nuances of each artists’ current studio practices while remaining sensitive to specific archetypal characteristics of both President Obama and Michelle Obama.” …
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