Diversity Forum 2018
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 8:00am to Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 4:30pm

Please register today to join us at the 2018 UW–Madison Diversity Forum, Beyond the Numbers: Relationships, Retention and Reality on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in Union South. (See the schedule at Diversity Forum 2018)

Register today at go.wisc.edu/diversityforum2018.

On Wednesday, Oct. 31, our keynote speaker is Talithia Williams, Ph.D., a professor, statistician, mathematician, specialist in the spatiotemporal structure of data and first black woman to achieve tenure at Harvey Mudd College. She will discuss the changing culture of higher education and effective techniques for recruiting and retaining students and faculty from underrepresented communities in “Power in Numbers: Data-driven decision making for inclusive education.” Williams will share her personal journey as a woman of color in STEM and examine current benchmarks shown to be effective in retaining underrepresented students in STEM. Using data to capture the many facets of the problem, she will highlight best practices embraced by institutions that have had success in these areas.              

Wednesday’s session also will include a panel discussion on making STEM classrooms more inclusive, a message from Chancellor Rebecca Blank, a special viewing of the STARZ documentary “America to Me” followed by a Q&A with UW–Madison graduates, Jessica Stovall (’07) and Adam Levin (’11), who were featured in the series. 

Day one will close with “Reality vs. Perception: The changing demographics of America and the response to it.” The discussion will explore research into the rapid demographic changes taking place in the United States, and how those changes have been written about, talked about, processed and reacted to in American mass media, politics and culture. Featuring experts from UW’s Applied Population Lab, Political Science Department and School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the town hall will tackle topics that are often tough to talk about, but which are vital for achieving a more just and equitable society for all people.

On Thursday, Nov. 1, we will host a day of breakout sessions focusing on diversity and inclusion topics relevant to our educational work within the global perspective of the world we prepare students to enter.

Thursday breakout sessions will include:

  • Cultivating Police-Community Trust
  • Trans/forming Allyship: Inclusive Practices to Support Transgender People and Gender Diversity
  • The Color of Drinking and Beyond: Alcohol as a Social Justice Issue
  • Addressing Sexual Assault and Misconduct on Campus
  • Our Place on Campus: Cultural Centers at UW–Madison
  • Crisis on Campus: Turning Mental Illness into Wellness
  • How Does Masculinity Evolve?
  • Creating Gender-Inclusive Restrooms on Campus
  • The Center for Educational Opportunity: 25 Years of Supporting Academic Excellence, Retention and Graduation
  • Hostile and Intimidating Behavior Prevention
  • Better Relationships, Better Reality: A Meditation Workshop

Register today for both or either day of the 2018 Diversity Forum at go.wisc.edu/diversityforum2018.

*Day 1 of the Diversity Forum will be streamed on the web with live captioning (link to come). Hearing assistance devices are available for participants attending the Forum in Varsity Hall. 

**Coming November 26: Our UW Training for 2nd & 3rd Shift Employees