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: National Equal Pay Day Marked by New Legislation

This US Census Bureau graph shows pay data by gender from 1964-2011. On average, women still receive 77% less pay than men.

Today is National Equal Pay Day, which marks the time into the new year that women, on average, would have to work to earn the same pay that men earned in the last year alone. Despite progress, the average woman can still expect to earn only 77% of what male coworkers will make over their careers.  

In the News: Ageism Rampant in Silicon Valley

Sign for Silicon Valley Financial Center

In the most lucrative and competitive parts of the tech industry, age matters. The mythos of the industry is rife with twenty-something men who made it big: Mark Zuckerburg of Facebook, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs of Apple, Bill Gates of Microsoft, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, to name just a few. However, does this preponderance of young (white, middle-class, male) founders mean that only the young can succeed in the tech world? According to Silicon Valley, the answer seems to be “yes.”

Upcoming Diversity Events

Promotional poster for the UW-Marathon County Cultural Festival

Later this month, the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion welcomes Dr. Jennifer Sheridan of WISELI to share strategies for reducing unconscious gender bias. Dr. Sheridan’s presentation, “Breaking the Bias Habit,” is free and open to all UW Colleges and UW-Extension employees. This presentation will be available on Wednesday, April 23 via webcast or in-person at the Pyle Center.

Various UW Colleges campuses are also planning free or low-cost diversity and inclusion events this month:

In the News: Acceptance Journeys fights the spread of HIV in Milwaukee communities

Aretha, Glenda, and Kim - three participants who shared their acceptance story as part of the campaign

“Whose life could you change with love?” Seen on billboards and buses throughout Milwaukee, this is one of the messages chosen by Acceptance Journeys to promote LGBT issues and combat the spread of HIV in communities of color.


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