In the News: Punitive Fines Exacerbate Inequity in St. Louis County

Following the death of Michael Brown last month in Ferguson, Missouri, national attention has turned to how law enforcement agencies in St. Louis County have developed such contentious relationships with the communities they aim to serve.

Many St. Louis County municipalities are dependent on revenue received from fees and fines from traffic violations and other offenses. These fines disproportionately affect poor and minority populations, many of whom feel they have been unfairly targeted by the police.

Apply to be a Multicultural Awareness Program Facilitator

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The UW Colleges and UW-Extension Multicultural Awareness Program is seeking classified staff, academic staff, and faculty interested in becoming certified peer facilitators for MAP workshops across the state.

Tribal Histories Series Begins Tonight on Wiscosin Public Television

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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.

Research: Elite labs less likely to employ female scientists

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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.

Research: Graduation Rates Low for Students with Disabilities

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Graduation rates for students with disabilities continue to lag, according to statistics from the US Department of Education. While 4-year high school graduation rate for students across the country hit an all-time high of 80% in 2011-12, this rate was much lower for students with disabilities, only 59% of whom received a diploma in 4 years. American Indian, Black, and Hispanic students also graduated at rates below the national average: 67%, 69%, and 73% respectively.

In the News: Race and Reparations

Map of redlining in Chicago, 1939.

In his widely discussed essay for The Atlantic, The Case for Reparations,” Ta-Nehisi Coates tackles the documents hundreds of years of legal, moral, and economic injustice faced by African Americans. While most discussions of reparations end with slavery, Coates looks at the legacy of racism institutionalized racism during the Jim Crow era, through the New Deal, and into the post-war housing market.

Research: Gender Bias in STEM Hiring Decisions

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Why do so few women pursue careers in math or science? Do women simply lack interest or aptitude in the sciences, or does discrimination play a role? A new study shows that, in experimental conditions, men are more likely to be hired for STEM related tasks than women, even after controlling for aptitude and interest. Study authors hypothesize that these results stem from implicit gender bias.

In the News: “I, Too, Am Harvard” Campaign Promotes the Experiences of Black Students

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To promote the play of the same name, 63 black Harvard students participated in the “I, Too, Am Harvard” social media campaign.

Statistics released by the Harvard admissions office show that 11% of their 2013 Freshman class identified as African American. Many of these students reported incidents of feeling marginalized or overlooked because of their race at the majority-white Ivy League institution.

Welcome, Kelly!

We are very pleased to welcome Kelly Thomas to the UW Colleges and UW-Extension Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as the new Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Affirmative Action. She has served as an Affirmative Action Officer for the UW System Administration (UWSA) since 2007, where she developed and implemented UWSA’s Affirmative Action plan.

Office of Inclusion Forums are Open!

We want to hear from you! The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion forums are open to all UW Colleges and UW-Extension employees, with topics including gender equity and diversity research. We want to foster an open, respectful environment for system-wide discussions on the diversity and inclusion issues that affect us all personally, professionally, and institutionally.


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