University of Wisconsin–Madison

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.

News and updates

Column: UW program benefits all students

Vice Provost and Dean of Students Lori Berquam’s column in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel describes the new Our Wisconsin community building program being launched this fall.
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Blank: Creating community after a difficult summer

In her latest blog post, Chancellor Blank shares her views on summer violence in Milwaukee and across the nation. She also looks ahead to the upcoming semester, especially as it relates to issues of diversity, climate and community building. Blank says she plans to continue to discuss these issues extensively …
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A message from Dean of Students Lori Berquam

It’s been a busy summer here at UW-Madison and excitement is building as we get ready for classes to start in early September. Many of our efforts this summer have focused on how we can continue to build a stronger, more inclusive community on campus.
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Program Sets High School Students on Path to Business Education

  A group of young faces at Grainger Hall this summer should become familiar faces in future summers and beyond, thanks to a new program at the Wisconsin School of Business designed to start top-performing high school students from diverse backgrounds on the path to careers in business.
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MBA students find opportunity through The Consortium

Brandon Shields was looking for a way to put his passion for marketing to use. He found it through The Consortium, a program that helps underrepresented students pursue master’s degrees in business administration. The Wisconsin School of Business helped launch the program 50 years ago.
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SOAR programming emphasizes inclusivity, social justice

As thousands of incoming students go through Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR) at UW–Madison this summer, administrators and faculty are redoubling efforts to promote inclusivity, critical thinking and social justice as fundamental values of the campus community.
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Orrantia succeeds Mitchell as director of community relations

Leslie Orrantia will become the University of Wisconsin—Madison’s new director of community relations starting Aug. 10. Orrantia has experience in community relations and business administration both on and off campus, though most importantly, she has a passion for bringing people together. “I believe the university needs to be relevant to …
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