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 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.

First Female Mathematician Wins Prestigious Fields Medal

Miryan Mirzakhani. Photo via

Earlier this month, Iranian-born Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman in the eighty-year history of the award to win the prestigious Fields Medal for mathematics. The Fields Medal has been described as the “Nobel Prize of mathematics” and is awarded every four years to two to four outstanding mathematicians under the age of 40.

Tribal Histories Series Begins Tonight on Wiscosin Public Television

Randy Cornelius of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin. Photo via

Wisconsin Public Television’s new Tribal Histories series beginstonight—Tuesday, August 26—with screenings of three documentaries about Wisconsin-area tribal nations: the Menominee, the Oneida, and the Potawatomi.

Reserach: Many People Can't Judge Their Own Assertiveness

Business meeting. Photo via the Nuclear Regulatory Committee,

New research from the Columbia School of Business shows that many people cannot assess whether their communication style is over-assertive, under-assertive, or appropriately assertive. This has obvious ramifications at work, where appropriate communication is necessary for creating welcoming and productive working environments.

Research: Elite labs less likely to employ female scientists

A woman injects fluid into a test tube. Photo via

A study published last month shows that biology labs with male principle investigators are less likely to employ women researchers. This is especially true for “elite” labs, where male principal investigators have received a major career award, are members of the National Academy of Science, or have otherwise been distinguished in their fields.

In the News: Executive Order Pushes Contractors to Comply with Labor Law

The national capitol. Photo by John Haslam via

President Obama signed an executive order last week that will make federal contractors more accountable to labor laws. The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, set to begin in 2016, will require any company applying for a contract of $500,000 or more to disclose three years of labor law violations, including wage and safety violations.  These violations will be taken in consideration when deciding where to award contracts.


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