Register now for 2016 UW-Madison Diversity Forum on Nov. 1

See the information from Patrick Sims below for details about the UW-Madison Diversity Forum being held on November 1. CALS hopes to see as much representation from the college as possible and encourages flexibility to allow for attendance at the event.

Dear Colleagues:

Please register today to join us at the 2016 UW-Madison Diversity Forum, ALL INclusive: Our Diversity Commitment in Practice, at Union South.

This year we will have an extended format to include UW-Madison second and third shift employees, with the opening at 8 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1 and the last session of the day at 11 p.m. For a full schedule and updates, please go to: Creating Community, Forum 2016.

This year’s Diversity Forum is comprised of three sections:

  • The daytime session featuring keynote speaker Rabia Chaudry, breakout sessions and a Town Hall discussion will begin at 7:30 a.m. with registration and run through 4:45 p.m.;
  • *The early evening portion will be the opportunity to view Go Big Read author Matthew Desmond’s campus guest lecture via Livestream in Union South’s Marquee Theatre and student-led breakout sessions at 8:30 p.m.;
  • The late evening session the Second- and Third-Shift Experience: Making a More Inclusive Campus, begins at 11 p.m.

Register Today:
Daytime session of the 2016 Diversity Forum:
Matthew Desmond livestream, sign up for a seat, please go to:
Evening session of the 2016 Diversity Forum:

Daytime Session I

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, a legal practitioner in 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

Chaudry received her Juris Doctorate from the George Mason School of Law and practiced immigration and civil rights law for over a decade. She is the public advocate of Adnan Syed, the wrongfully convicted man at the center of the most popular podcast in history, “Serial”, and is the co-producer and co-host of the podcast “Undisclosed”, with over 70 million downloads. Her newly released book, “Adnan’s Story,” will be available for a post-lecture book signing.

You can read more about Rabia Chaudry at

2016 Diversity Forum Breakout Sessions to Include:

  • A Campus Climate Proposal Update;
  • From Implicit Bias to Inclusive Teaching: Having the Real Conversation;
  • Building Engagement, Inclusion and Diversity in the Workplace: Promising Practices from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration;
  • Investing in Diversity Educators at Our Wisconsin;
  • Strategies in Resilience for Women of Color;
  • Our ALL INclusive Town Hall discussion: Communities in Crisis.

Early Evening Session II

*Also as part of the 2016 Diversity Forum, Matthew Desmond’s guest lecture will be livestreamed in the Marquee Theatre, Union South. Matthew Desmond, a UW-Madison alumnus and author of “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” will deliver a sold-out lecture at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Theater.

“Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” the best-selling book by alumnus Matthew Desmond, is the 2016-17 selection for Go Big Read, UW-Madison’s common-reading program. The Go Big Read program is an initiative of the Office of the Chancellor.

This year’s Diversity Forum also will include student-led breakout sessions at 8:30 p.m. in various Union South locations, including topics on women of faith, veterans’ transition to campus life, and students’ recent journey to the Smithsonian. 

For details and updates on these sessions, please go to Creating Community, Forum 2016.

Late Evening Session III

Join us for the Second- and Third-Shift Experience: Making a More Inclusive Campus, starting at 11 p.m., Union South, Second Floor.

This session will focus on the fundamental values, traditions, and expectations of the UW Madison campus community. This experience will provide access to campus culture, and aims to make our campus more inclusive, especially of second and third shift employees and English language learners. This session will promote the ideas of living together as a campus community.

For your convenience translation services will be held in the following rooms:
English — Varsity Hall 3; Spanish — Marquee Theatre; Hmong — Industry Room; Tibetan — Agriculture Room; Chinese — Wisconsin Idea Room.

Please register today, we’ll see you there!

Patrick J. Sims
Vice Provost & Chief Diversity Officer