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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 Brown
Mo Kappes
Courtney Byelich
Monica Slater
Jason Powers
Sabi Atteyih

Resources and Events

Book Club Facilitator Needed: "Im Still Here" Oct.13th & Oct.15th

The Division of Diver

sity, Equity and Educational Achievement will be hosting a book club discussion for I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made For Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

We are in need of facilitators who have or will read the books and facilitation discussion with participants in a virtual space. We would love for you to join us as a facilitator by signing up here. If you sign up as a facilitator and need the books, we can provide a copy.

Book Club Meeting:

Tuesday October 13th: 7:30am - 9am

Thursday October 15th: 3pm - 4:30pm

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Dr. Ibram X. Kendi Doerr Center for Social Justice Annual Lecture

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi Doerr Center for Social Justice Annual Lecture: Video Available until October 10th

The issues of racial and social justice are central to the work of the Doerr Center, the School of Social Work and the College for Public Health and Social Justice. The overwhelming response to the Kendi Lecture underscores the passion and engagement that we all share.

Virtual Film Screening: "Gather" Oct. 21st

Join the UW Madison community at the virtual screening of Gather, A documentary about the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty, while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide. The screening will be followed by a discussion panel and Q&A.

Wednesday, October 21st @ 6PM

More information and registration here

original film poster

a2ru 2020 National Conference Land & Equity: The Art and Politics of Place Oct. 15-30

The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) invites you to join us for the 2020 a2ru national conference, Land and Equity: The Art and Politics of Place. This conference will be help fully online and will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin–Madison, from October 15th through the 30th.

Register HERE

2020 Madison Region Economic Development & Diversity Summit, Oct 22 & 23

This event will now be VIRTUAL.

While the date and format has changed, there will be speakers and information to help drive diversity, equity, and inclusion in our economy and in our workplaces. 
Register via madisonregionsummit.com.  The event will be held Here on Facebook

Co-hosted by: Urban League of Greater Madison and Madison Region Economic Partnership.

2020 UW-Madison Diversity Forum: Oct. 27 & 28

The Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement is pleased to announce a call for proposals for breakout sessions at the annual UW–Madison Diversity Forum, to be held on October 27 & 28, 2020 at Union South.

An event with 20 years of history on the UW–Madison campus, the Diversity Forum is the university’s premier two-day conference focused on the most pressing issues facing Americans today. The event is free and open to the entire community.  The goal of the Diversity Forum is to update attendees with the latest knowledge and research in the diversity and inclusion fields, educate them about perspectives and best practices for equity and social justice, and activate attendees so they go on to make positive changes in the world.

Robin DiAngelo, author of the widely acclaimed bestseller “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism,” will provide the keynote address.

More Information

Building Communities of Equity and Opportunity, A Virtual Conference: Nov. 12th & 13th

Panelists will highlight the work their organizations have done to advance “The CEO Action Pledge,” which aims to rally the business community to foster diversity and inclusion within the workplace. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of why support from the top of an organization is critical and how CEO's are incorporating accountability within leadership teams to achieve significant results.

Register for the Webinar: HERE

Toward One Wisconsin 2020: Building Communities of Equity and Opportunity, Nov 11-13th

Towards One Wisconsin presents a conference on the Barriers to Inclusion. With a great sense of urgency, we invite you to join a growing and powerful network that reaches across sectors to every corner of the state to take this challenge head on.

Conference Registration Form

'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! 


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

New York Times Race/Related Newsletter

"Explore the countless ways race affects our lives, with provocative reporting and discussion."

Subscribe to NYT: Race/Related

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.

Resources to Support our Black Community

Staff in the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement and other Black UW–Madison staff is responding to the national, regional and local incidents of racial violence and loss have on UW’s Black community. Our hope is that these resources can provide support as our community members attempt to process and heal mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Resources to Support our Black Community

Resources for White Allies

These materials are intended to help white UW–Madison community members educate themselves about the systems of racial oppression that undergird American institutions and victimize people of color — particularly Black people — every day. Our hope is that they will help prompt constructive conversations between white colleagues about what they are learning and how they are shifting behaviors to become effective antiracist allies

Resources for White Allies