Build an organizational culture and climate that fosters engagement, inclusion, diversity, and equity.
The UW School of Education created the Discussion Project to help faculty facilitate high-quality classroom conversations and prepare their students to participate in them. The training sessions strengthen campus’s capacity to create welcoming, engaging, and academically rigorous classroom environments.
University Health Services (UHS) has added more than a dozen mental-health providers to its staff, including those with a focus on students of color and LGBTQ+ students. UHS has also expanded its hours of operation to increase access to its services, which include individual and group counseling and a 24-hour crisis line.
UW–Madison is committed to creating a welcoming environment that enables all students, faculty, and staff to thrive. The university published a new Diversity Framework in 2014 and continues to track progress through a 10-year implementation plan called REEL Change.
The UW is dedicated to creating spaces where everyone can find community and feel welcome. The Multicultural Student Center has opened new cultural centers that offer community programming and supportive spaces, including the Black Cultural Center, Latinx Cultural Center, and Asian-Pacific Islander Desi American Student Center.
UWell is the UW’s collaborative effort to advance the well-being of the entire campus community. The initiative focuses on policy, system, and environmental strategies that influence health and well-being outcomes. UWell connects students and employees to campus and community resources and wellness events.
The UW’s vision for the total student experience combines learning in and out of the classroom. The Wisconsin Experience is a measure of how students develop as scholars and citizens during their time on campus, with four areas of focus: empathy and humility, relentless curiosity, intellectual confidence, and purposeful action.
The UW’s Center for Leadership & Involvement supports students as they develop leadership capacity. The UW Leadership Certificate is conferred to students who document at least 100 hours of experience focused on leadership development.
The Leadership @ UW program is the university’s hub for leadership activities for undergraduate students. The program organizes academic courses, trainings, and workshops related to student leadership.
The UW ranks among the top universities for study-abroad participation. In the 2017–18 academic year, the UW ranked No. 18 in total number of students studying abroad and No. 2 in semester-long participation. The university offers more than 200 study-abroad programs across 60 countries.
The UW Crossroads Initiative bridges the resources and programming of the Multicultural Student Center and the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center, addressing the needs of students living in the intersections of race, sexuality, gender, and other aspects of identity.
The UW’s Chazen Museum of Art is home to the second-largest collection of art in Wisconsin—more than 22,000 works in permanent and temporary exhibitions. The museum also serves as an educational resource, offering course-related exhibitions, gallery tours, talks by artists and scholars, and other learning events.
The UW’s Faculty Diversity Initiative is working to create an inclusive campus community by developing a recruitment pipeline, providing salary support, supplementing recruitment packages for new faculty, and encouraging retention of faculty by supporting their research and teaching. The initiative’s Target of Opportunity Program provides departments new tools and financial support to recruit faculty members from underrepresented groups in their respective fields.
The Chancellor’s and Powers-Knapp Scholarship Programs recognize and support outstanding UW students from underrepresented groups. The scholars benefit from individualized advising, a supportive peer network, leadership development, mentorship opportunities, and a competitive financial award.
The Engagement, Inclusion and Diversity (EID) initiative by the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration (VCFA) is dedicated to recruiting and retaining high-quality faculty and staff and enhancing diversity on campus. VCFA’s efforts are supported by the EID Council, which provides advice and assistance on launching and sustaining wide organizational change.
Our Wisconsin is an inclusion program that aims to build community among first-year students. The program provides an in-depth workshop on diversity and inclusion to students living in university residence halls, encouraging an environment in which students are free to share their experiences and identities.
The UW’s Precollege Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE) is a support and scholarship pipeline for low-income and first-generation students. The program recruits eighth-grade students and helps them prepare for the college application process. Scholars who decide to enroll at the UW can be eligible for a four-year tuition scholarship.