Help build a welcoming and inclusive environment at CALS

As the 2016-17 academic year gains steam, CALS continues to build on campus efforts to build a welcoming and inclusive environment for all who call UW-Madison home. We invite everyone in CALS to play an active role in creating a community. CALS is a leader in this endeavor and we encourage each of you to find at least one way you can contribute to this mission by getting involved. Campus has several web portals where you can find diversity and inclusion events and resources including Creating Community and campus climate.

The CALS Equity and Diversity Committee has selected a few upcoming events that you might consider attending:

UW-Madison Chicanx/Latinx Heritage Month
From Sept. 13 to Oct. 31, a series of events will celebrate Chicanx/Latinx Heritage Month. If interested, please contact Philip Denis at

UW-Madison Native November Celebration
Throughout the month of November, we will celebrate Native November on campus. Contact Nichole Boyd for more information at

UW-Madison 2016 Diversity Forum
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 8 am-11 pm
This year’s Forum, ALL INclusive: Our Diversity Commitment in Practice, will have an extended format to include UW-Madison second and third shift employees, beginning at 8 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1 and continuing into programming that starts at 11 p.m. that same day. This year’s keynote speaker is Rabia Chaudry, ( a wife, mother, attorney, President of the Safe Nation Collaborative and a National Security Fellow at the New America Foundation. She is a civically-engaged legal practitioner on federal immigration law with experience in civil liberties and national security. Chaudry’s work with the New America Foundation focuses on the empowerment and inclusion of American Muslim communities in the national security realm. She provides cultural-competency training to law enforcement, correctional and homeland security officials, along with providing national security and vulnerability training to Muslin communities and institutions.
Register now for the daytime session of the 2016 Diversity Forum:
Register now for the evening session of the 2016 Diversity Forum:

Welcome to Fall 2016, Go Badgers Go!

Thomas F. Browne Jr., senior assistant dean, CALS Office of Academic Affairs
Ahna Skop, associate professor, Department of Genetics
CALS Equity and Diversity Committee co-chairs