2010 Diversity Forum — Sept. 30

The 2010 Diversity Forum will take place on Thursday, September 30 at Memorial Union.  You may register for the forum (which is free and open to everyone) and view program details at the Diversity Forum Website.  The theme of this year’s Forum is Cultivating Excellence, Nurturing the Seeds of Success, and will include a number of great sessions:

  • A report from the Letters and Science Equity & Diversity Committee on racial disparities in L&S introductory courses
  • A conversation with past recipients of the Outstanding Women of Color Award
  • A discussion of this year’s Go Big Read selection, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • A plenary discussion on how our diversity committees are advancing Inclusive Excellence
  • A keynote talk by Arthur L. Coleman, Education Counsel, LLC, Washington D.C., on Meeting the 21st Century Higher Education Access and Completion Challenge

In addition, I will provide a comprehensive update of a number of exciting developments in our diversity efforts, including the recent realignment of several of our key diversity programs, a new faculty diversity strategic hiring initiative, the upcoming launch of a New York City STEM Posse, and our work on a new Diversity Action Framework to drive progress institutionally through regular reports and strategic plans from leaders.

I will also share plans for an innovative new website that will better connect the many members of our campus diversity community.  This is part of a larger diversity communication strategy that includes the ability to connect with our office on both Facebook and Twitter.  We are very excited about building a thriving online community, so hope that you will join us right away:

These changes are happening in a larger context of a campus commitment to broadening both access and excellence through the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates, the Great People Scholarship, the Wisconsin Experience, and an impressive array of high impact learning experiences and academic support programs.  Feel free to come for all or part of the day. Space is limited, so I encourage you to register now.

If you need disability-related accommodations, please email Jane Dymond at


Damon A. Williams
Vice Provost & Chief Diversity Officer