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.

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.

Writer's Experience Demonstrates Gender Bias in Publishing Industry

Writing in a notebook.

Catherine Nichols had received around 50 rejections for the first few pages of her new manuscript when, frustrated, she sent it out to six new agents under the name “George Leyer.” Three of the six immediately replied with a request for more information. After sending out 50 more inquiries, Nichols noticed a pattern: she received eight times more positive responses by using the male pseudonym than by using her own name.

The Americans with Disabilities Act Celebrates Its 25 Anniversary

President George H.W. Bush signs the ADA into law.

This past Sunday marked the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Signed into law by George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990, the ADA prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities, providing access to many spheres of public life including employment opportunities, buildings and public spaces, and transportation. To mark the passage of the law, organizations reflect on the ADA and its legacy:

EEOC Ruling Paves Path for LGBT Non-Discrimination

Banner from an LGBT Pride demonstration.

In a new victory for the LGBT movement, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled earlier this week it is illegal to make employment decisions based on sexual orientation under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.


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