Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is a dedicated team that collaborates with individuals and offices throughout University of Wisconsin-Extension, University of Wisconsin Colleges, and other organizations regionally, nationally, and globally to provide programs and services to UW Colleges and UW-Extension employees.

Using the inclusive excellence framework developed by the University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension task force, the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion helps facilitate the integration of inclusive excellence within the two institutions.  It works to build capacity through: assistance with planning, implementation, assessment, and communication; professional development; consultation; accommodations requests; and investigation of discrimination complaints.  If you have any questions or would like to request a training opportunity for your department or unit, please feel free contact any one of our staff.

For more information, please read our vision and purpose statements. 

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Blog

The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion welcomes submissions for the blog or calendar. Please send your suggested items to Angela Terrab. The blog and calendar are moderated by the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and submissions are subject to approval.

In the News: Senator's Report Shows Gaps in Title IX Compliance

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While colleges and universities are under increased pressure to bring swift, fair resolution to sexual assault cases, a recent report commissioned by Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri depicts ongoing failings in this process.

In the News: White House Engages Working Dads

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When we discuss balancing work and family life, attention is often directed toward women. Last week, the white house sought to add to this narrative with their discussion on working dads. As dynamics have shifted in the household and men are expected to play a larger role in childcare, working dads face many of the same work-life challenges as working moms.

Research: Graduation Rates Low for Students with Disabilities

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Graduation rates for students with disabilities continue to lag, according to statistics from the US Department of Education. While 4-year high school graduation rate for students across the country hit an all-time high of 80% in 2011-12, this rate was much lower for students with disabilities, only 59% of whom received a diploma in 4 years. American Indian, Black, and Hispanic students also graduated at rates below the national average: 67%, 69%, and 73% respectively.

In the News: Race and Reparations

Map of redlining in Chicago, 1939.

In his widely discussed essay for The Atlantic, The Case for Reparations,” Ta-Nehisi Coates tackles the documents hundreds of years of legal, moral, and economic injustice faced by African Americans. While most discussions of reparations end with slavery, Coates looks at the legacy of racism institutionalized racism during the Jim Crow era, through the New Deal, and into the post-war housing market.

Research: Gender Bias in STEM Hiring Decisions

Six women in a laboratory setting

Why do so few women pursue careers in math or science? Do women simply lack interest or aptitude in the sciences, or does discrimination play a role? A new study shows that, in experimental conditions, men are more likely to be hired for STEM related tasks than women, even after controlling for aptitude and interest. Study authors hypothesize that these results stem from implicit gender bias.


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