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Sessions set to review Diversity Framework Implementation Overview

September 25, 2014 By Valeria Davis

The campus community is invited to participate in three sessions that will provide an update on “Forward Together, a Diversity Framework for UW–Madison,” and begin getting input on implementation.

After a deliberative process led by the Ad Hoc Diversity Planning Committee that included input from campus and the broader community, “Forward Together” was vetted last spring by UW–Madison’s four shared governance entities. The framework included 30 recommendations for action, ranging from the development of diversity-centric leadership experiences to building stronger connections to the broader Madison community.

Now, the process of implementation begins and also will require input from the entire campus.

“In order to actualize our institutional vision for diversity, we need to continue to work together as a campus community to formulate the specific action items that will bring the goals of the framework to life,” says Patrick Sims, interim vice provost and chief diversity officer.

“This is how this diversity framework is fundamentally different from past diversity plans. We will work together in a broadly inclusive process to determine how we meet UW–Madison’s diversity goals as laid out by the approved recommendations. Everyone has a stake and a role in the implementation, so we need everyone to lean in to the discussion,” Sims says.  

The following initial update and input sessions are scheduled for October:

Faculty and staff: Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Memorial Union, Beefeater’s Room

Students: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, 5:30 to 7 p.m., MSC Lounge, Red Gym

Faculty and staff: Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, 11 p.m. to 12:15 a.m., 1306 Health Sciences Learning Center

Please feel free to share any questions or comments at or call 608-265-5228.