UW-Madison news: Sessions scheduled to discuss making diversity framework a reality

CONTACT: Valeria A. Davis, (608) 890-3079, [email protected]

MADISON – Last fall UW-Madison introduced Forward Together, a Diversity Framework, with the goal of creating a university community that encourages the full participation of all of its members and maximizes the expression of their talents and contributions.

Since November, six committees comprising faculty, staff and students have been working to research and prioritize initial action items for six major categories. The categories are: faculty/staff professional development and capacity-building experiences, undergraduate curriculum, administration and accountability, access and recruitment, STEM initiatives and retention and research.

“The work, which was completed on March 1, was the result of a labor- and time-intensive process,” said Patrick J. Sims, interim vice provost and chief diversity officer. “We appreciate the commitment, effort and enthusiasm these individuals have invested. Now we’re introducing the proposed initial steps to the campus and broader community. It’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work on making the Diversity Framework an operational reality.”

In early April, four sessions will be held on campus and four sessions off campus. Translation services will be provided to ensure access to everyone. Each session will consist of a presentation, questions and answers, and refreshments. The campus sessions are open to students, faculty and staff.

To review the history of campus diversity planning, read the full Diversity Framework, or review the scope of the working committees’ latest charge, please go to http://diversity.wisc.edu.

Campus sessions

Thursday, April 9

9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Gordon Commons

English, ASL

Thursday, April 9

2:30 p.m.-4 p.m.

Gordon Commons

English, Hmong, Mandarin/Chinese, Spanish and Tibetan

Tuesday, April 14

7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Gordon Commons

English, ASL available

Thursday, April 16

11 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Health Sciences Learning Center

English, Hmong, Mandarin/Chinese, Spanish and Tibetan

Community sessions

Monday, April 13

6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Sherman Middle School

1610 Ruskin St., Madison

Wednesday, April 15

6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Boys & Girls Club

4619 Jenewein Road, Fitchburg

Monday, April 20

6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Overture Center

201 State St., Madison

Tuesday, April 21

6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Centro Hispano

810 West Badger Rd., Madison

English and Spanish