Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at UW-Madison

Cheryl Gittens, Interim Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer

Our Institutional Statement on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinions enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, & diversity as inextricably linked goals.The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background – people who as students, faculty & staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

Working definition of diversity

Previous diversity plans have focused on race, ethnicity and gender, which remain critical problems for UW-Madison. We recognize, however, that to achieve Inclusive Excellence a strategic framework should be expanded to include additional dimensions of diversity. This framework defines diversity as: race and ethnicity; sex; gender, and gender identity or expression; marital status; age; sexual orientation; country of origin; language; disability; socio-economic status; and affiliations that are based on cultural, political, religious, or other identities.

Communicating about Diversity and Campus Climate

Brief Overview of the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement (DDEEA)

  • Student pipeline programs (grow-your-own approach)
  • Shared Governance role (hub of information)
  • Affirmative Action planning & programs
  • Employee Disability Resources
  • Faculty and staff support programs (partnerships and capacity building)

Learning Communities for Institutional Change and Excellence (LCICE)

LCICE is a wonderful resource for staff, department chairs and faculty to enhance their capacities to fully engage experiences relevant to issues of diversity and inclusion. Learning Communities are academic-year and semester-long discussion groups which allow participants to develop abilities to engage effectively in a globally interconnected world.

Affinity Group Gatherings

An opportunity for faculty and from various groups including African-American, LatinX, Southeast Asian, Native American and LGBT to network in an intimate setting at the residence of key campus leaders including the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion. The groups will be designed to discuss coping strategies and way to foster formal and informal support groups.