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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 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 

22nd Annual Evening of Storytelling: Traditional Storytelling in Indigenous Languages 2/1/19

Friday, February 1 | 7pm 
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery 

American Indian Studies will be hosting the 22nd Annual Evening of Storytelling. This year's event will feature Storytellers: Jerry Dearly (Lakota), Mary Louise Defender Wilson (Dakot-Hidatsa), Patricia Ningewance (Ojibwe), and Brian McInnes (Ojibwe)


Mindfulness@UW Pilot Course: 2/4/19–3/11/19

Mondays, February 4th – March 11th | 12-2pm 
Wisconsin Psychiatric Institute and Clinics - Commons Room 

6-week pilot course designed to teach mindfulness meditation and practice skills that will enhance your confidence and competence in the workplace. As your personal awareness is developed, you will be able to apply this new-found knowledge in workplace situations. The course will cover the following workplace competencies through mindfulness: healthy communication, stress management, productivity, collaboration and confidence. Participants must commit to attending every session and be willing to spend 30 minutes per day and/or homework outside of class the entire 6 weeks. 

No former mindfulness training or experience is required.  

Learn more

Madison Wisconsin Institutes for the Healing of Racism, Inc. Tuesdays, 2/7–4/18

Thursdays, February 7th - April 18th| 6:30 - 8:30 pm 
Urban League of Greater Madison | 2222 S. Park Street #200 

10 - week series that aims to raise consciousness about the history and pathology of racism and help heal racism in individuals, communities, and institutions in Madison.

$50 Registration Fee; Scholarships are available 

Webinar: Creating an Employee Experience to Address the Changing Higher Ed Workforce 2/20/19

Wednesday, February 20th | Noon - 1pm 

Employee engagement is an important piece in any institution's strategic plan. What if the approach to fostering an engagement environment for faculty, staff and students was driven by their experiences? Join us as we explore how the University of Michegan created a model that ensures all campus stakeholders' voices are heard and involves everyone in how the institution's culture is maintained and embraced. We'll discuss how the university created a custom solution by researching best practices at other universities, investigating examples within the university, and reviewing relevant research on employee engagement. 

YWCA Racial Justice Workshop Series: 2/13-3/13/19

Level 100: February 13, 2019, Level 200: February 27, 2019, and Level 300: March 13, 2019

This workshop series is a great place to continue your journey in exploring Racial Justice. The series consists of three levels that cover topics from Understanding Othering and Belonging, Deconstructing Racism, and The Impact of the System of Racial Inequity. Register online at https://goo.gl/BFUMWL.

YWCA Women of Distinction Awards: 5/30/19

Thursday, May 30, 2019
YWCA Madison presents the Women of Distinction Leadership Awards to women who represent outstanding achievement in their field of endeavor and whose achievements are supportive of the YWCA mission. Awards are presented to women who represent a diversity of race, age, occupation, and endeavor. This award is intended to recognize anyone who identifies as a woman.

YWCA Madison invites you, your organization, your firm, or your association to help make the 45th annual Women of Distinction Leadership Awards extra special by nominating a deserving Woman of Distinction. To learn more about the nomination process or to download nomination and nominee support form please click here.

Nominations are due February 8, 2018, at 4 pm.

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.

Kara Brown presented by WUD Society and Politics: 3/1/19

Friday March 1 | 7pm 
Union South Varsity Hall 1 & 2 

Tarana Burke - Founder of #Metoo movement: 3/4/19

Monday, March 4th | 7:30pm 
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall 

Presented by DLS 

A Recollection of the 1969 Black Student Strike

Monday, February 11th | 5pm 
Memorial Union - Play Circle 

Reception at 7 pm in the Black Cultural Center 

An Evening with Angela Rye - Black History Month Keynote

Wednesday, February 20th | 6:30pm 
Union South - Varsity Hall 

Angela Rye is an Esquire, CNN, BET, MSNBC, and NPR commentator 

Hailing Cesar

Wednesday, March 13th | 5-7pm 
Multicultural Student Center Classroom 

Hailing Cesar is a film about Cesar Chavez with filmmaker talkback

UW Annual Spring Pow Wow : 4/6 & 4/7/19

Saturday April 6th - Sunday April 7th 
Alliant Energy  Center