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Discussions on diversity and inclusion

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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Project aims to create engaging, inclusive classroom discussions

The Discussion Project, a new professional development opportunity beginning this fall at UW-Madison, addresses that goal. It is intended to help UW faculty and academic staff members both facilitate high-quality classroom discussions and prepare their students to participate in them, says McAvoy, …
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Meeting in Jerusalem

Hilary Miller, Michael Bellart and Mishal Shah meet on Bascom Hill. (Photo by Sarah Morton, College of Letters & Science)

For three students from Jewish, Muslim and Christian backgrounds, a course on the historic city helped them identify common bonds that cross religious boundaries.
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Year-end message from Lori Berquam and Patrick J. Sims

As the semester ends and we look forward to celebrating 8,000 UW-Madison graduates, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on some of the accomplishments and challenges of the past academic year with respect to diversity and inclusion. First and foremost, diversity is a source of strength, creativity and …
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Speaker inspires, challenges diversity commitment

“Are you doing this for a talking point or for window dressing?” These words hung in the air as Wisconsin MBA students listened to a recent talk by Angela Russell, director of diversity and inclusion at CUNA Mutual Group. Russell was telling the story of a bold question she posed during her …
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Campus celebrates grand opening of Black Cultural Center

Karla Foster, campus and community liaison for the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement, introduces Chancellor Rebecca Blank to glass panels etched with references to notable moments black history.

A full day of events marked the grand opening of UW-Madison’s Black Cultural Center in the Red Gym May 3.
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UW-Madison Welcomes New Bias Response and Advocacy Coordinator

Satya Chima, Bias Response and Advocacy Coordinator Satya Chima, an experienced advocate for students, has joined the UW-Madison Dean of Students Office as bias response and advocacy coordinator. In the newly created position, Chima will assist and support students in reporting and addressing incidents of bias and hate …
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Vice Provost & CDO Patrick Sims Gives Diversity Update to Faculty Senate

A year after passing a resolution to support cultural competency as part of faculty’s ongoing professional development, the Faculty Senate heard Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer Patrick Sims provide an update May 1 on the status of overall diversity and inclusion efforts at UW-Madison. The Campus Strategic Framework or …
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