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.

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.

Microaggressions Cause Media Stir at UW-Stevens Point

UW-Stevens Point logo.

UW-Stevens Point has recently been swept into a national media conversation about microaggressions. Microaggressions are the small, daily slights visited upon people of color, women, LGBT persons, and other historically oppressed communities. These slights can be intentional or unintentional, and are characterized by the alienating impact they have on the people hearing them.

Deaf Advocacy Group Sues Harvard and MIT for Discrimination

Closed captions.

Earlier this year, the National Association for the Deaf (NAD) filed class action law suits against Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), arguing that their online video content lacked the captions necessary to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Harvard and MIT both publish extensive video content, much of it open to the public. Videos include course content associated with massive open online courses (MOOCs), lectures by distinguished speakers, and other educational materials.

UW Colleges' Lisa Hager on Planning Trans-Inclusive Conferences

All Gender Accessible Bathroom Sign

Lisa Hager’s essay in Inside Higher Ed, “Welcoming Trans Academics,” provides simple, actionable steps to take to make academic conferences more inclusive for transgender participants.

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