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 and the University of Wisconsin Colleges 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 coordinates the Multicultural Awareness Program (MAP), the Summer Affirmative Action Internship Program (SAAIP), and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP); reviews accommodations requests; provides Title IX coordination; and investigates complaints relating to discrimination and harassment. For more information, please read our vision and purpose statements. 

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.


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.

Accessibility Tips for Social Media

Icons for social media apps.

Social media is an increasingly important part of business communications, but it’s not always accessible to people with disabilities. In a recent webinar for the Great Lakes ADA Center, disability rights activist and social media guru Debra Ruh outlined best practices for making social media communications more accessible. Frequently, these accessibility tips make media better and more user-friendly for all users:

SAT Race Gap Widens

Hand filling out a multiple choice test

A new analysis of over 1.1 million applicants to the University of California system demonstrates that race matters when it comes to the SAT. The study used data from California residents who applied to UC schools between 1994 and 2011 to isolate factors known to contribute to SAT scores such as race, parental education, and socioeconomic status.

Summer Affirmative Action Internship Program: 2015 Highlights

SAAIP 2015 interns from across state agencies.

During the summer of 2015, UW Colleges and UW-Extension hosted 17 student interns through the Summer Affirmative Action Internship Program (SAAIP). Interns completed a wide variety of tasks, from creating websites and videos to coordinating county fairs and youth programs. Some highlights include:

Businesses Reflect on Social Mobility in Madison

The Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison

“If not Madison now, then where and when?” Such is the question that economist and political theorist Richard V. Reeves intends to put before the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce. Reeves, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, will be addressing the Chamber of Commerce on social mobility and income inequality.

Black Citizens Underrepresented on Juries

A Jury Summons letter.

Trial by a jury of peers is a cornerstone of the American judicial system, but a recent examination of jury selection in several Southern communities suggests that black citizens are disproportionately excluded from jury service. Some policymakers believe this may be caused by peremptory challenges, the practice which allows attorneys to reject potential jurors without giving a reason. In Caddo Parish, Louisiana, peremptory challenges were used to remove black potential jurors from the selection pool three times as often as those of other races.


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