Ahna Skop selected to be UW Diversity Liaison

Ahna Skop is one of four University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty members selected to make up the second cohort of Diversity Liaisons to participate in the provost’s Diversity Liaison Project.

The Diversity Liaison Project provides a hands-on approach to offering more opportunities for campus leaders to actively engage with matters of diversity, equity and inclusion; and implement best practices in the classroom and beyond. The goal of the project is to help create an educational environment at UW–Madison that is conducive to everyone’s best learning and professional advancement.

Ahna Skop, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Genetics and an affiliate member in Life Sciences Communication and the Arts Institute. Skop is passionate about increasing the numbers of underrepresented students in the science, technology, engineering, art and math fields. Nationally, she serves as an advisor to the chief diversity officer at the National Institutes of Health, and is a diversity consultant to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. She is a past board member for the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, and on the UW–Madison campus, established with support from the Sloan Foundation and the chancellor. In 2016, she was awarded the Chancellor’s Inclusive Excellence Award for her outreach and inclusive teaching efforts.