UW-Madison Division of Diversity_ Equity _ Educational Achievement
A UW-Madison Diversity Update | Edition No. 8                   November 8, 2018
Diversity Forum Reflections from Deputy Vice Chancellor Patrick J. Sims
 
Patrick J Simms
Patrick J. Sims
Dear Friends, Colleagues and Community,
 
Thank you for making our 18th Annual Diversity Forum a success.  With more than 1,200 registrants over the two-day experience, this year's forum was one of our largest ever, empowering participants with new information, enhanced methods and a revitalized commitment to improve diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the campus community.
 
This year's keynote speaker Talithia Williams, professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, led us in an interactive keynote exploring the theme 'Beyond the Numbers: Relationships, Retention and Reality' and how to make STEM classrooms more inclusive. Dr. Williams shared her journey as a woman of color in the STEM field and offered practical strategies for encouraging diverse students to pursue degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. During the panel discussion that followed, UW-students Kent Mok and recent graduate, Miona Grae Short ('18), discussed the crucial role high expectations, a sense of community and mentors play in successful college-level STEM experiences.
 
Later the first day, participants watched an episode of "America to Me" a 10-part documentary series on race, equity and achievement issues in the Oak Park River Forest High School of suburban Chicago. Alums Jessica Stovall ('07) and Adam Levin ('11), who were featured in the Starz series, returned to campus to share personal insights on their experience as educators in the dynamic and challenging world of contemporary K-12 education. Day one ended with a dynamic town hall discussion on changing demographics in America and some of the societal responses to this change.
 
On our second day, we took time to reflect and network, then offered eleven breakout sessions on topics ranging from mental health, sexual assault and drinking to trans/allyship and community policing. Participants were able to choose four sessions led by campus and regional experts, many with standing room only.  Check out resources shared at the Diversity Forum.
 
Thank you for your continued interest in our signature event, the annual Diversity Forum. Our forum for second and third shift employees is on Nov. 26. Your support is key to our vision of creating a community where everyone thrives personally and professionally in diverse and interconnected environments on campus and beyond.
Patrick J. Sims 
Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity & Inclusion

Elzie Higginbottom Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer
Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement 
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Media Coverage and Announcements 

Fall Media Coverage

This year's Diversity Forum was covered live by WISC-TV News 3 as well as  Madison365, the Daily Cardinal and the Badger Herald. 
Nationally, Insight into Diversity  cited UW for taking an honest look at its history and finding ways to reconcile the past with current views on diversity and inclusion.
Mercile Lee Dies at 87

Mercile Lee, the architect and founding director of two of UW-Madison's most respected and successful scholarship  initiatives, the  Chancellors and Powers-Knapp scholarship programs , died Oct. 25 in Madison from long-time health complications.  She retired in 2013 as assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs.
Revisiting UW's History 

Mabel Watson Raimey, pictured above,  earned a bachelor's degree from UW-Madison 100 years ago, in 1918 - becoming the first African-American woman to graduate from the University. Stories about diverse campus figures will be added to the archives under the Chancellor's new Public History Project.