Home < Engagement, Inclusion & Diversity at the Union

Engagement, Inclusion & Diversity at the Union

The Wisconsin Union has a dedicated Council to address ongoing engagement, inclusion and diversity (E.I.D.) efforts.

To be the curators of and catalysts for creating a more diverse, inclusive, and socially just culture at the Wisconsin Union.

Mobilizing professional and student staff in creating substantial and lasting organizational change that seeks diversity, embraces inclusion, and engages all employees.


  • Commitment.  We are committed to furthering engagement, inclusion, diversity, and social justice initiatives within the Wisconsin Union.
  • Understanding. We will work to increase levels of awareness and understanding of ourselves, our colleagues, and our communities.
  • Respect.  We honor the viewpoints and experiences of all.
  • Transparency. We are open and candid about the work we are doing and why we are doing it.
  • People-centered.  We recognize that our human capital is our most important asset and initiatives will consider people first.

Current Council Members
Susan Dibbell
Rod Rotar
Stephanie Diaz De Leon
Jen Snyder
Jacob Hahn
Courtney Byelich
Monica Slater
Lisa King 
Jason Powers 

Resources and Events

Wisconsin Union 2017-18 Report

Read about efforts the WU EID team worked on and completed in the 2017-18 academic year.

2017-18 Annual Report 

Diversity Best Practices

Here are some resources from Diversity Best Practices that you can leverage to provide additional tools to your employees to ensure that the conversations and commitment to LGBTQ inclusion continues. A couple highlights are listed below:


A step to a more inclusive community or organization is inclusive language. Understanding and using personal pronouns in the workplace acknowledges and validates someone’s gender identity and expression. Learn more about Talking About Pronouns in the Workplace and why Getting the Language Right is so important.



Diversity Best Practice presents key data about LGBTQ buying power and media/internet usage in an accessible and concise one-page resource.


CNN.com also recently updated their LGBT rights ‘fast facts’ list. The list highlights key milestones in the fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States.

'13 Demands' Website Revisits 1969 Black Student Strike

Fifty years ago, black students at UW–Madison called for a campus-wide student strike until administrators agreed to a series of demands. Joined by white allies, thousands of protestors boycotted classes, took over lecture halls, and blocked building entrances. In an unprecedented response, the governor deployed the Wisconsin National Guard to campus. To capture and commemorate those tumultuous weeks on campus, University Communications and University Marketing partnered with the Black Cultural Center and The Black Voice publication in February to launch an interactive website that includes an oral history with activists of the time.

Visit the 13 Demands website

See Also: UW students at the center of the project

The Leadership Institute (LI) Learning Community - Apply by June each year

Commitment to diversity and inclusion as a core principle of the University requires taking a critical look at personal biases and noticing how different intersections of class, race or gender identity can influence ones learning process.

During weekly meetings, participants of the Leadership Institute co-create inclusive learning environments as they share experiences, confront assumptions, and deconstruct historically dominant social constructs and paradigms. In doing so, participants develop their personal leadership capacities to interact more effectively across multiple perspectives and social identities.

Click here to visit the Learning Communities website and apply! 


Witnessing Whiteness Book Workshop Series 9/9/19 start

Fall 2019 Book Workshop Series: Witnessing Whiteness

This is a 10-week sequential series designed for white people to forward anti-racism work. We connect the book with dialog and experiential activities, by exploring the white experience. This is no cost, but participants need to have access to the book. The goals of the series are to (1) build a community with a shared understanding of privilege, whiteness, and racism, (2) increase your ability to begin, support, and progress racial justice work, and (3) develop leadership capacity around issues of diversity, inclusion, and race. For more details, please review the attached flyer for either series.

from 6:00-8:15 pm beginning September 9
Wright Middle School, 1717 Fish Hatchery Road, Madison, WI
To register, email Laurel at laravelo@wisc.edu, registration ends August 26th


Tuesdays from 5:30-7:45 pm beginning September 17
Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St., Madison, WI
To register, email Crystel at crystal.anders@gmail.com, include ‘Goodman Witnessing Class’ in the subject line.


YWCA Racial Justice Summit: 10/15 & 10/16/2019

Save the Dates: October 15 & 16, 2019

Each year, YWCA Madison hosts a Racial Justice Summit that brings together community stakeholders to advance racial equity in our community. The Summit focuses on institutional racism and involves nationally-known keynote speakers and researchers, as well as local experts and advocates. Through an environment that encourages learning from and supporting each other in our common goals, the Summit provides a platform for action planning and community dialogue.

Luvvie Ajayi: Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

Luvvie Ajayi isn’t afraid to speak her mind or to be the one dissenting voice in a crowd, and neither should you. “Your silence serves no one,” says the writer, activist and self-proclaimed professional troublemaker. In this talk, Ajayi shares three questions to ask yourself if you’re teetering on the edge of speaking up or quieting down – and encourages all of us to get a little more comfortable with being uncomfortable.

View Her TED Talk

Article: Women & Minorities Lack Representation Among Highest-Paid Deans

The highest-paid dean position, dean of medicine, has the lowest representation of racial/ethnic minorities among all 42 dean positions surveyed. In contrast, minorities make up more than one-quarter of deans of students, which is one of the lowest-paid dean positions.

Read the Article

Fall 2019 Institutes for the Healing of Racism

Fall 2019 Institutes for the Healing of Racism

Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
September 16 – November 18, 2019 

Urban League of Greater Madison
2222 S. Park Street, #200

This 10-week series aims to raise consciousness about the history and pathology of racism and help heal racism in individuals, communities, and institutions in Madison. We work cooperatively to educate ourselves about the disease of racism through facilitated and voluntary sharing.  

Register Here