DIVERSITY AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
Goal 8: Examine and improve campus policies, procedures, and practices to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff, as a way to enhance the learning environment for all.
Leaders: Judi Trampf, Director of Personnel; Elizabeth Ogunsola, Assistant to the Chancellor
for Affirmative Action & Diversity
The Chancellor's Committee on Inclusive Excellence (IE) held question and discussion sessions across campus with units of all types during the 2012-13 academic year.
The student population is growing more diverse. Enrollment of underrepresented minority (URM) students continues to increase at UW-Whitewater, reaching 1066 students during the fall 2012 semester.
One way UWW is seeking to increase diversity among faculty is the Grow Our Own initiative. The Grow Our Own initiative is a positive outcome of recruitment, retention, and graduation. These professionals from URM and economically disadvantaged backgrounds are graduates of UW-Whitewater who are pursuing or have completed a Ph.D.. A majority of these students are McNair alumni. MASS staff members maintain contact with these prospects for future employment to keep information on their education and employment current. The Grow Our Own forum was held March 6, 2013 to expose these professionals to UW-W staffing needs as well as "Preparing Future Faculty" workshops.
Freda Briscoe was awarded the 2013 University of Wisconsin System Academic Staff Excellence Award, recognizing her work with the Summer Business Institute, the Minority Business Program, and Minority Teacher Preparation programs.
The McNair Scholars program received the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents Diversity Award, and were recognized at a February 8, 2013 ceremony in Madison.
The Inclusive Excellence Recruitment and Retention Committee seeks ways to increase the diversity of the UWW faculty.
The Admissions office hosted nine "Wheels to Whitewater" programs with nearly 350 students of opportunity attending.
The Mapping Project documented campus progress towards Inclusive Excellence goals; it was coordinated by Lauren Smith, Ellie Schemenauer, and Jolly Emrey, in consultation with Mark McPhail. The outcomes of this project will be considered at the October 2013 Inclusive Excellence meeting.
IE committee members participated in the system-wide workshop: "Building Individual and Institutional Capacity for Inclusive Excellence", August 7-8, 2013, at UW-La Crosse.
Plans for 2013-14:
The Honors Program is further considering and implementing ways to increase participation of students from under-represented groups.
The Multicultural Affairs & Student Success unit will expand and offer again the Grow Our Own forum, which seeks to familiarize local URM graduate students with UWW and foster relationships that could lead to future employment or collaboration.
Admissions will expand the "Wheels to Whitewater" program to northern Illinois in an effort to increase enrollment of students of opportunity.
IE will continue examining and refining the role of the Inclusive Excellence Committee and its purpose on campus based on IE survey outcomes.