Campus & Community statements
Addressing racism, equity and diversity in the sciences
This 2020 compilation from Kelly Tyrrell at UWMadScience includes some of the health sciences initiatives that address racism, equity, and diversity in the sciences. The compilation includes links to initiatives, workshops, guides, and other resources relating to this topic.
Affinity Group Gatherings
Since 2019, the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement (DDEEA) has hosted Affinity Group Gatherings for UW–Madison faculty and staff. These informal social gatherings are intended to help faculty and staff with underrepresented and/or marginalized identities come together to build community, make connections and share resources.
Anti-Racism Resources and the UW Libraries
A News/Events post relating to anti-racism resources and information provided by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries.
The BEAM Initiative
Building Equitable Access to Mentorship (BEAM) is a UW-Madison initiative that matches faculty and students for an academic year-long program designed to enhance the medical school experience for individuals of color and other marginalized identities.
Hosted by the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement (DDEEA), the Diversity Forum is a two-day, conference-style event that is free and open to the public. Each fall the Forum attracts more than 1,000 participants from the campus and greater community.
The Diversity Inventory (DI) is a searchable online database of diversity and inclusion programs, events, research, support services, and assessment on campus and in the Madison community. This centralized directory collects and reports diversity data, ultimately affecting change by connecting students, faculty, and staff to initiatives that are creating a more inclusive campus community.
Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Attainment
Under the direction of the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer, the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement (DDEEA) supports the mission of the University of Wisconsin–Madison as it works to create a diverse, inclusive and excellent learning and work environment for all students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners at the university.
Institute for Diversity Science (IDS)
The Institute for Diversity Science (IDS) and its affiliated researchers conduct basic, applied, and translational research on the causes of group-based discrimination and effective ways to eliminate them. It provides an intellectual hub and collaborative research infrastructure for diversity scientists from all colleges and schools of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The institute also accommodates visiting fellows from other universities who spend time at the IDS to conduct diversity-related research.
L&S Elevate is a podcast dedicated to elevating and celebrating UW-Madison DEI champions who are driving change in our community and beyond, to create a more inclusive culture and climate. Host DeVon Wilson encourages guests to share their challenges and triumphs, with some takeaways that you can implement in your own work setting.
LGBTQI Health Resources Research Guide
An introductory guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) health resources.
McBurney Disability Resource Center
Housed in the Division of Student Affairs, the McBurney Disability Resource Center views “disability as an important aspect of the diversity of UW-Madison and are committed to creating an accessible and inclusive educational experience for students.”
Native American Center for Health Professionals (NACHP)
The Native American Center for Health Professions is located within the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Their vision is to improve the health and wellness of American Indian people.
November is Native American Heritage Month, a month dedicated to celebrating the rich and diverse culture, history, and contributions of Native people. Holding its origin with a weeklong celebration during November 23–30, 1986, a proclamation was passed in 1990 to designate the entire month of November as National Native American Heritage Month. Each year, Wunk Sheek and campus partners host a series of events across the university to celebrate the rich history, culture, and heritage of Native people at UW–Madison.
The Precollege Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE) has the vision of being the premier college access program for student success. PEOPLE is the UW’s most successful venture in creating such opportunities and improving campus diversity.
Research Data Services: Practicing Data Equity
Research Data Services kicks off its new series “Practicing Data Equity” where they will share considerations and resources for being more thoughtful and inclusive in working with research data.
Resources for White Allies
Materials are intended to help white UW–Madison community members educate themselves about the systems of racial oppression that undergird American institutions and victimize people of color — particularly Black people — every day.
Resources to Support Our APIDA Community
These resources were compiled by members from the APIDA Student Center Advisory Committee and the Asian American Studies Program in order to provide support for UW–Madison’s Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi American (APIDA) community members.
“Within the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Office of University Relations, and in partnership with the Division of Extension, the Office of Tribal Relations works to foster strong ties between the the 12 First Nations of Wisconsin and the University.” The site includes general resources, as well as resources for Native American students, and for campus units serving Native American interests.
The UW-Madison’s Languages initiative is a grass-roots project that aims to raise awareness of the linguistic diversity of our campus and local communities; recognize and communicate the value of multilingualism for individuals, communities, and societies; promote understanding of language as a key aspect of diversity and raise awareness of linguistic discrimination; and promote a more inclusive campus climate in which language is recognized as a key aspect of identity that contributes to the diversity of our campus community.
UW School of Veterinary Medicine Resources
The UW’s School of Veterinary Medicine created a page containing resources for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism.
Wisconsin Network for Research Support
WINRS offers services to help researchers to effectively communicate and reach project participants and other stakeholders, particularly those from underrepresented communities.
Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness (FFBWW)
“The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness is a Wisconsin based non-profit organization committed to mobilizing African American women to pursue and sustain mind-body-spirit wellness, and to raise the visibility and support of Black women’s health as a community and public health priority.”
Latino Health Council
Located in Madison, Wisconsin, Latino Health Council “has become a resource for individuals and organizations interested in Latino health.”
NewBridge’s Diversity and Inclusion Program
A nonprofit “serving older adults in Madison and Monona,” NewBridge’s “Diversity and Inclusion program serves Black and Latinx older adults, age 60+, in Dane County. With goals to reduce racial and socioeconomic health disparities, we focus our classes and programming on areas that help teach about healthy behaviors that can affect physical and mental well-being, while also helping you remain active in your community and living in your own home.”
Ebling Book Club: Join us for a Book Discussion!
The Ebling Library and Building Community now offer book and film discussions for health science students, staff, and faculty. See below for upcoming events and feel free to register to join an online discussion!
Date to be determined
AAMC: Racism and Health
“The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has curated a collection of articles and resources to assist our member institutions, constituents, and the public in learning more about and exploring the complex issues and strategies to combat racism and make health care more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. This collection will be updated on a regular basis.” –Description from the AAMC
AMA: Health Equity
“Systemwide bias and institutionalized racism continue to contribute to inequities across the U.S. health care system. The AMA is fighting for greater health equity by identifying and eliminating inequities through advocacy, community leadership and education.” –Description from the American Medical Association
APHA: Racism and Health
American Public Health Association (APHA) resources relating to racism and health.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJC)
“Asian Americans have been part of the American story since its earliest days, and are now the U.S.’s fastest-growing racial group with the potential and power to shape our nation and the policies that affect us. Our mission is to advance civil and human rights for Asian Americans and to build and promote a fair and equitable society for all.”
Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) – Madison Chapter
“GWIS (Graduate Women In Science) is a national, professional organization whose aims are to advance women in the field of scientific research;recognize individuals who have made exceptional contributions to research or science education; and promote scientific research through grants, awards, and fellowships.”–Description from GWIS.
NNLM Reading Club: Racism and Health
Collection of books, podcasts, scholarly articles, popular media articles, and videos relating to racism and health.
Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
“The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.”–Description from SNMA
Veterinarians as One Inclusive Community for Empowerment, Wisconsin Chapter
The Veterinarians as One Inclusive Community for Empowerment (VOICE) has the goal of increasing awareness and sensitivity to socio-cultural issues in Veterinary Medicine. The site includes news, forums, event listings, and other resources.
White Coats for Black Lives
White Coats for Black Lives (WCFBL) is a student-led organization that is a part of a national movement aiming to eliminate racial bias in medical practice. It is run by the local Student Medical Organization.