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Statement on Friday climate change protest

September 6, 2019

Updated 9:50 a.m.

UW-Madison responded to a Friday morning climate change protest at the corner of Park Street and University Avenue in which two protesters elected to wear nooses as a means of protest.

Nooses are a hateful symbol, with deep impacts to our students, faculty, staff and community.  Their use to amplify any issue is misguided, hurtful and contrary to UW–Madison’s values of civility, respect and inclusion.

Staff from UWPD, Student Life, the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement have responded to the scene to talk with protestors about the impact of their actions and provide support for  UW community members.

After talking with staff and bystanders, the protesters chose to remove the nooses and leave.

Anyone seeking support or resources in the wake of the incident is encouraged to call Student Life at (608) 263-5700 or email