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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 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.

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Samuel Ropa: How the Center for Religion and Global Citizenry is bringing inclusive interfaith dialogue to Madison

Last Sunday afternoon, Ulrich Rosenhagen stood in front of a motley arrangement of students, community members, and spiritual leaders insisting that, while the path toward interfaith understanding can be fraught with pitfalls — that we will not always say the right thing, in the right way — those in attendance…
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LT. GOVernor TAKES NATIVE AMERICAN MOUND TOUR

Aaron Bird Bear gives Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes a tour of Native American sites on and around the UW Campus. Photo supplied.

By Kynala Phillips On Tuesday, April 9, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes took a Native American Cultural Landscapes tour on UW-Madison’s Campus with Assistant Dean Aaron Bird Bear just hours before the State of the Tribes address was delivered at the State Capitol. “[It’s] likely the most archeology rich campus in the…
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LGBT Health Summit Focuses on Serving Patients of Color

The School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin–Madison hosted the inaugural  Wisconsin LGBTQ+ Health Summit on Thursday. “We know that there’s education that needs to be done for LGBTQ populations at large but there’s something within healthcare that is specific that they’re having within clinical studying and patient populations…
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ACTIVISTS HAND OUT “WHAT’S WRONG WITH MISS SAIGON” OUTSIDE OPENING NIGHT AT OVERTURE

Madison365 About 20 Asian Americans and allies, mostly University of Wisconsin faculty and students, handed out about 700 copies of an essay written by Asian American Studies professor Timothy Yu explaining why Asian Americans find the musical Miss Saigon patronizing and problematic…
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DEMAND FOR UW CAMPUS COUNSELING SERVICES UP 55 PERCENT SINCE 2015

While Counseling Staff Has Increased In Same Period, Officials Say It Hasn’t Kept Pace With Demand By Rich Kremer  Wisconsin Public Radio A growing number of students in the University of Wisconsin System say they are struggling with anxiety and depression. System leaders say…
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Inclusivity campaign asks students to share ‘I am UW’ stories

Student leaders created the I am UW unifying campaign in response to the 2017 campus climate survey. Image By: Courtesy of Yogev Ben-Yitschak

By Dana Brandt   The Daily Cardinal Sitting in a UW-Madison classroom, you are seated next to an English major and a biology major, an international student and someone from Milwaukee, a liberal and a conservative, and a legacy student and a first-generation college student. At first…
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WISCONSIN YOUTH VOTE BOOSTED BY PEER PERSUASION, RALLIES, BOUNCE HOUSES — BUT CAN GAINS BE SUSTAINED?

Maia Berlow, NextGen Wisconsin field organizer for Madison, Wis., canvasses to encourage students to vote early on Oct. 30, 2018, on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. (Emily Hamer / Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism)

NextGen believes its multi-million dollar effort helped increase turnout among voters ages 18-35, but experts say that cannot be tied to one group or strategy. By Emily Hamer, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism Deyonna Kline, 18, a student at Operation Fresh Start in Madison, Wis., was an accidental voter.
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