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.

UW Colleges' Lisa Hager on Planning Trans-Inclusive Conferences

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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.

The Gender of "Brilliance" in Student Evaluations

"The Tightrope Walker" by Jean-Louis Forain.

Kelly Baker of Chronicle Vitae challenges us to reconsider how we throw around the term “brilliance” in academia.

In the News: Unconscious Bias and the Police

In test simulations, police do far better than the average citizen at identifying whether a suspect is armed or unarmed and acting appropriately. This finding extends to situations where racial bias might come into play; in research scenarios, the police are less likely to shoot an unarmed black suspect and more likely to shoot an armed white suspect than untrained civilians. However, this gap disappears for members of the police stationed in high-crime areas where the majority of perpetrators are persons of color; these officers perform with the same level of bias as civilians.

A University Recognizes a Third Gender: Neutral

After years of writers and academics arguing that gender is a continuum, not a binary (male/female), we've seen a greater awareness and movement to create inclusive space for people who identify as transgender and gender non-binary/conforming.

Women in Computing, 1800-1950

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Men dominate today’s tech industry both in practice and in public imagination. However, women have played a role in computing since the inception of the field. In the 1800's, when modern computing was still a pipedream, Ada Lovelace, mathematician and daughter of Lord Byron, contributed a theoretical framework to Charles Babbage’s computing machine. While a practical device was still a long way off, notes from her work with Babbage proved foundational to later innovators.


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