A Vibrant Campus Community

Build an organizational culture and climate that fosters engagement, inclusion, diversity, and equity.

Several dozens UW–Madison students dressed in Badger gear make the W sign.

1. Provide an inclusive, safe, healthy, and enriching environment for learning and working that promotes wellness among students and employees.

Example initiatives:

The Discussion Project

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.

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UHS Mental Health Expansion

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.

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Diversity Framework & REEL Change Model

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.

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Campus Cultural Centers

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.

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UWell Initiative

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.

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UW–Madison study abroad students sit on colorful steps in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

2. Enhance the holistic development of students by combining learning in and out of the classroom that is steeped in the values of the university.

Example initiatives:

The Wisconsin Experience

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.

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Student Leadership Programs & Resources

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.

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Leadership @ UW

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.

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Study Abroad Participation

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.

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Crossroads Initiative

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.

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Chazen Museum of Art

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.

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The incoming class of UW–Madison PEOPLE college scholars for 2018.

3. Enhance diversity among our students, faculty, and staff and build upon our strong commitment to diversity to create a welcoming, empowered, and inclusive community.

Example initiatives:

Faculty Diversity Initiative

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.

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Mercile J. Lee Scholars Program – Chancellor’s and Powers-Knapp

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.

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VCFA EID Initiative

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.

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Our Wisconsin

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.

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PEOPLE Program

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.

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