Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.72
Liaison Alex Frank
Submission Date Aug. 1, 2019
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University of Wisconsin-Madison
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Alex Frank
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Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights on campus?:

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on students, employees, or both?:
Both students and employees

A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:

Under the direction of Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer Patrick J. Sims, the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement (DDEEA) supports the mission of UW-Madison as it works to create a diverse, inclusive and excellent learning and work environment for all students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners at the university.

DDEEA accomplishes this work centered in the core values of community, inclusion, organizational excellence, transparency, accountability and social justice. DDEEA uses collaboration, leadership and seeding of new initiatives, consultative advice and the coordination of numerous institutional initiatives to support Campus, Wisconsin and the world.


Estimated proportion of students that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):

Estimated proportion of staff (including administrators) that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):

Estimated proportion of faculty that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence trainings and activities for each of the groups identified above:

Students, Staff, and Faculty:
Multicultural Student Center runs Social Justice Workshops (https://msc.wisc.edu/workshops-trainings/) that explore issues of power, privilege, and oppression, as well as identity/group dynamics, microaggressions, and how to create inclusive campus communities. These workshops are available to groups on campus by request.

Students Only:
Our Wisconsin (https://newstudent.wisc.edu/programs/inclusion-education/) provides a three-hour workshop on diversity and inclusion to each first-year student living in the university residence halls. 2018 was the first year of the program and as the program continues most students will have been exposed to this training.
Badger Volunteers also offers educational sessions on a number of topics for students (https://morgridge.wisc.edu/students/badger-volunteers/education-sessions/), including a Intersection of Identity and Volunteering Workshop. This workshop explores how individual identities can affect the context and impact of volunteering work.

Faculty & Staff Only:
Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI, https://wiseli.wisc.edu/workshops/) offers workshops to faculty and staff that address cultural competency. In 2018, 219 faculty and 321 staff participated in workshops, including:
- Searching for Excellence in Diversity Workshop which provides faculty with information, advice, and techniques for:
* Running effective and efficient search committees
* Recruiting a highly qualified pool of diverse candidates
* Understanding the potential influence of unconscious bias on evaluation of candidates
* Ensuring a fair and thorough review of candidates
* Developing and implementing an effective interview process
* Successfully hiring selected candidates
- Breaking the Bias Workshop introduces faculty and staff to the concepts of implicit or unconscious biases and assumptions about diverse groups of people by treating the application of such biases as a “habit,” with a focus on race, ethnicity, and gender.
HR Learning and Talent Development (https://www.talent.wisc.edu/home/) offers a number of training that address cultural competency, include:
- Creating an Inclusive Work Environment
- Building Inclusive Workplaces (for Managers)
- Expanding Self-knowledge to Adapt & Thrive

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

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