(Photo: 2018 King/Chavez Program BBQ. From left - Faith Campbell, Uniqua Woodson, and Dr. LaVar Charleston.)
√ In 2018-2019, UW-Whitewater more than doubled the benefit amount for students who receive the UW-Whitewater King/Chavez scholarship for underserved students.
√ In 2018, UW-Whitewater hired Kenny E. Yarbrough as UW-Whitewater's Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer.
√ Starting Fall 2018, UWW-TV began providing real-time closed captioning services for all live events broadcast on the campus cable television channel. This makes UWW-TV fully compliant with Section 508 of the American Disabilities Act.
√ UW-Whitewater updated their Hate Bias Response Team and the procedure for reporting incidents of hate, bias, discrimination, retaliation or harassment. See reporting form »
√ In Fall 2018, UW-Whitewater established College Diversity Coordinators. Faculty in these roles will receive reassigned time to work on equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives within the colleges.
√ In 2018 UW-Whitewater held alumni focus groups whose role is to provide ongoing support and assistance to campus in response to outreach to alumni of color.
√ In 2018, the UW-Whitewater STEER program received the Governor's State Council on Affirmative Action's Ann Lydecker Award. STEER is a one-week non-residential camp that provides primarily low-income middle school students with educational opportunities and experiences for success in STEM.
√ In 2018 UW-Whitewater created the Diversity Trail Blazer Award to recognize UWW Faculty and Staff whose important work in diversity and inclusion led the way for others to follow.
√ In 2019, UW-Whitewater continued a tradition of celebrating awareness months with powerful, relevant programming. For example, UW-Whitewater celebrated Black History Month with a Pictorial Project entitled: "What Black History Means to Me," and held the 1st Black History Soul Food Luncheon. Additionally, UW-Whitewater observed Women's History Month with a pictorial project entitled "I, Too, Am A Warhawk" featuring female students, faculty and staff, and sponsored the 1st Women's Empowerment Expo.
√ In 2018, UW-Whitewater secured a statement from the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council for the acknowledgement of the tribal lands which the University is located on.
√ UW-Whitewater successfully completed 32 immigration cases in 2018.
√ The Human Resources department at UW-Whitewater implemented several new programs in 2018-2019 designed to support a diverse employee complement throughout the lifecycle of employees on campus. These include programs such as mandatory training programs for search and screen committee members, a confidential employee assistance program, and inclusive onboard orientation training for new employees.
√ UW-Whitewater received a 4 out of 5 stars on the Campus Pride Index, an overall index of institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program, and practice.
√ In 2019, UW-Whitewater, in conjunction with the Great Lakes Intertribal Council, has been working to create an acknowledgement statement for the tribal lands which the University is located upon.
§ In Fall 2018, the Chancellor's Inclusive Excellence Committee was charged with creating assessments to be administered to the University to gauge campus climate and cultural competency.
§ The Human Resources department at UW-Whitewater is currently developing a program called, "Warhawk Employee University" to aid new employees in navigating UW-Whitewater policies and procedures, as well as additional programs to increase the training for employees across their lifecycle at UW-Whitewater.
§ The Human Resources department at UW-Whitewater is currently working on a needs assessment project to identify the kinds of training and support most needed by UW-Whitewater employees, as well as a survey instrument to assess the effectiveness of provided programming.
§ UW-Whitewater is developing additional search committee training programs that include unconscious bias training.
We will create a comprehensive diversity assessment to gauge campus climate and cultural competency.