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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 

How American Are You? Lunch & Panel Discussion: 4/2/19

How American Are You?
Perspectives on the American Identity

Lunch and Panel Discussion
Wisconsin School of Business Plenary Room (1310 Grainger Hall)

Antonella Caloro, Academic Technology
Typhaine Morrison, Integrated Marketing Communications
Rodrigo Stabio, Full-time MBA Program Student
Jordan Tong, Operations & Information Management

Lunch will be provided.

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

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

Leadership Institute 20 Year Celebration 5/17

Friday, May 17th 4-7pm | Wisconsin Institute for Discovery Building

Join us for time to gather and celebrate 20 years of the Leadership Institute! You can RSVP here.  

Whether you can join us or not, we invite you to share memories that can be shared at the event. Join our Facebook page or email content to lcice@cdo.wisc.edu with "20th LI" as the subject.



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.

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 

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 

Hailing Cesar

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

Hailing Cesar is a film about Cesar Chavez with filmmaker talkback