A UW-Madison Diversity Update | Edition No. 9                 December 17, 2018
Taking breaks is a necessary skill, like noting history and planning the future
Patrick J Simms
Patrick J. Sims
Dear Friends, Colleagues and Community,
As the year 2018 draws to a close and we salute our 56 December graduates, I'm reflecting on a year that included both high notes and bittersweet moments. 

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has solidified the legacy of the late Dr. Mercile J. Lee by incorporating her name into the two life-changing scholarship initiatives she established and directed for decades.  

Members of Dr. Mercile J. Lee's family at the celebration honoring her legacy. 

Lee, who retired in 2013 as assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs,  died Oct. 25.  She served as the founding director of Chancellor's/Powers-Knapp programs for 30 years. The Mercile J. Lee Scholars Program will be the new overarching name for the  Chancellor's and Powers-Knapp scholarship programs

The naming honor was announced Thursday, Nov. 29, at an often emotional ceremony at the Edgewater Hotel attended by about 350 people, including program partners, community partners and former scholarship recipients. 
They praised Lee's leadership, vision and mentoring. 

As always, thank you for your support and Happy New Year.
Patrick J. Sims 
Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity & Inclusion
Elzie Higginbottom Vice Provost for the 
Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement 
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Milestones and Announcements 
CeO observes 25 years o f lifting UW students

The key services CeO provides have helped thousands to graduate. 
"This is not about fixing people," said CeO Director Claudia Mosley. "This is about fixing systems and structures that block access to opportunity."
Jamie Dawson speaks at Winter Commencement

As a middle-schooler, Jamie Dawson could be found at the lunch table with the kids who loved words.  It proved a good training ground. Now a seasoned spoken word artist, Dawson addressed 
her largest audience yet at UW-Madison's graduation.
UW First Wave graduate chosen student speaker
Outstanding Women of Color's newest cohort

UW-Madison's annuaal Outstanding Women of Color Award Reception honors women of color who are deeply rooted in both the campus and the community through their work toward social justice, service, research and community building.
This year's reception will be March 5, 2019.