Campus Engagement

Through structured campus programming and broader community engagement, SDES serves as a nexus between students, faculty, and underrepresented communities.

By creating a forum where the campus community can engage in academic dialogue, around contemporary topics where students and faculty are introduced to current issues through multifaceted lenses. In addition, outreach recognition events serve to strengthen and institutionalize existing relationships at the grass roots level of marginalized communities.

Color of Success

The Office of Student Diversity, Engagement and Success presents a Color of Success Symposium annually. This provides students and faculty an opportunity to create a relevant dialogue surrounding emerging issues in various communities. This year's symposium focused on the Native American community including Native Culture, Education and Health Care, as well as Law and Government. Panelists met with campus groups throughout the day to discuss the emerging topics and also had an opportunity to engage in a small group discussion with students over lunch. The day's events closed with a keynote speaker discussing economic development.

Multicultural Orientation

The Multicultural Orientation is designed to connect First Year and Returning Multicultural Students to campus by offering an opportunity to engage with a broader campus. This is accomplished through presentations by key campus administrators and other professionals in a formal setting. This event also offers the opportunity for students to network through the campus organization fair that serves as a clearinghouse for clubs, services and organizations.


The "GROW OUR OWN" Program is a systematic means of identifying individuals with potential is being developed. This structure allows existing faculty and staff to suggest individuals for this program and also permit individuals to nominate themselves. The structure monitors the academic and professional development of those individuals.

Lecture Series

The university campus is an environment that fosters intellectual growth and personal development, by engaging in dialogue that challenges its members to think critically. As such, The Multicultural Lecture Series is designed to bring subject matter experts into academic settings so they may introduce topics relevant to the experience of racial and ethnic groups that are under represented on campus.

Martin Luther King Day Celebration

The Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Event at UW-Whitewater is a university-wide human relations endeavor. Over the past decade, students, faculty, and staff members have had the opportunity to hear scholars, educators and writers expound on the ideals of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Multicultural Graduation Event

The Multicultural Graduation Event represents the pinnacle of success for all of our outreach efforts in academic success and retention in our department. The Multicultural Graduation is a way to highlight the efforts and success of the Multicultural Students on campus, all while providing recognition to those who supported the students' journey. This unique event brings together staff and the Multicultural Students support system to celebrate this accomplishment


The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs. TRIO also includes a training program for directors and staff of TRIO projects. TRIO Day has been proclaimed a National Day of Service. All are encouraged to perform some sort of community service as a way for TRIO to give back to their community and say thank you for its support.