Campus Diversity Forum Oct. 21–22

I’d like to invite you to attend our annual 2013 Fall Diversity Forum, “Diversity and Educational Achievement: A Wisconsin Agenda” on Monday, Oct. 21, and Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Union South.

We’re pleased to announce that this year’s forum is funded in part by a UW System grant to address statewide issues of academic achievement in higher education for underrepresented groups.  Setting precedent as a two-day conference for educators, students and community leaders across Wisconsin, the Diversity Forum will feature keynotes by national thought-leaders as well as discussions regarding our own campus-wide diversity efforts in breakouts and workshops. 

Keynote speakers include:

  • Sylvia Hurtado, Professor and Director of the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA on creating campus engagement & accountability around the diversity planning process and increasing underrepresented student participation in the STEM fields;
  • Derald Wing Sue, Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College and the School of Social Work, Columbia University, on Micro-aggressions in the Academy;
  • Kate Lipper, J.D., Policy and Legal Advisor for EducationCounsel LLC on implications of Supreme Court decisions regarding race-based admission policies and the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case.

Discussion topics will range broadly from the precollege pipeline for under-represented students and their increased participation in STEM fields to the role micro-aggressions play on impacting our campus climate. Additional topics include educational achievement, hip-hop pedagogy in the academy, and exploring the arts as a tool for educational transformation featuring the renowned Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre of Chicago and our very own First Wave Urban Arts Collective. We also will be discussing the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas-Austin and its implications for higher education.

A sampling of our concurrent sessions includes:

  • The Personal Touch: A Holistic Approach to Diversity Leadership
  • Diversity Leadership = You
  • Creating safe spaces for LGBTQ youth
  • Defining support needs with cultural sensitivity
  • Recruiting and retaining a diverse student population
  • Funding the essential components of diversity work
  • Partnering with community agencies
  • Moving toward a more diverse workforce both on and off campus

Please register today

Patrick J. Sims
Interim Vice Provost & Chief Diversity Officer