A UW-Madison Diversity Update | Edition No. 11      April 30, 2019
Bucky Badger delights future PEOPLE Scholars in Milwaukee
Spring is in full bloom with reaching back, lifting up and paying it forward 
Patrick J Simms
Patrick J. Sims
Dear Friends, Colleagues and Community,

The busy spring semester flies faster and faster through Women's History Month and into April anticipation and preparation for Spring Commencement .  This May, the division's scholarship and support programs are proud to celebrate another 255 college scholars becoming proud UW-Madison alumni.    

In February, we joined with the Milwaukee Public School District to celebrate the opening of a local PEOPLE (Precollege Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence) office, located in Rufus King International Middle School at 121 E. Hadley St., to improve our impact on an expanded Milwaukee enrollment base

The PEOPLE program started 20 years ago with 66 high school students from Milwaukee. It now has more than 525 graduates of which more than 250 are from Milwaukee. PEOPLE  now is has 21 partner high schools in Milwaukee and Madison. 

Panelists (from left) Ave Bie, Samie Chambers, Nina Johnson, Jenny Fitch and Candy Embray with Tracy Williams-Maclin, Interim Senior Director of External Relations, Partnerships and Development.
In March, we hosted our
7th Annual Wisconsin Women in Leadership Symposium with another incredible panel of accomplished professionals. These panelists share their experiences, tips and mentoring on how to build the bridge to success. More than 400 participants attended this extremely popular career and professional development event exploring the theme "Center Stage: Standing Out and Speaking Up."   

Diem Van Groth, former Chancellor Scholar, to Inspire 2019 DDEEA Graduates

Our students, as always, are being lauded for their accomplishments within and beyond their UW-Madison programs.  Graduation is just the first in countless next steps, from internships to jobs and graduate school, in defining lifelong success on their own terms in a challenging global economy. 

One of our own, former Chancellor Scholar Diem Van Groth, has forged an

uncommon path to success as he ad of Creative and Brands for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, the New Zealand government's international business development agency.  He will inspire our graduates with his message at graduation on  Friday, May 10, in Memorial Union's Shannon Hall.  

Regardless of specifics on where our graduates will be three weeks or three years from now, this class is representative of a generation that is the backbone of change. They are realistic, creative, entrepreneurial and determined.  And we are proud.

Join us in celebrating our graduates by watching the ceremony on line via live stream at:  go.wisc.edu/ddeealive.     
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
Campus Events and Announcements 

Sherri Charleston wins  National Honor

DDEEA Assistant Vice Provost Sherri Ann Charleston, Ph.D., J.D., was named one of this year's Top 35 Women in Higher Education in the March 2019 edition of Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine's
"Celebrating Women in
the Academy" 35th anniversary theme.
Endowed faculty chair honors James E. Jones 
The University of Wisconsin Law School has announced the creation of an endowed faculty chair in honor of the late  Professor James E. Jones Jr . ('56). 

This is UW-Madison's first fully- funded chair named for an African American faculty member.  
John Quiñones to keynote  Diversity Forum

This year's Nov. 5&6 UW-Madison Diversity Forum will feature a keynote address by  John Quiñones , longtime ABC News correspondent and creator and host of the "What Would You Do?" hidden camera television series. 
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