“As we introduce new students to Our Wisconsin, we are introducing them to their new home at UW and in the dorms and to the expectations we have for our community. As I have said many times in this space, a top priority of mine is that we have a campus where all students feel welcomed, valued, and supported.” ~Chancellor Blank, Blank’s Slate (March 2017).
Beginning Fall 2017, Our Wisconsin inclusion workshops will be available to all undergraduate first-year students. The workshop features structured dialogue, activities, and reflection. Each workshop is led by a co-facilitation team, including Badger Way peer facilitators, and a staff or faculty facilitator.
In partnership with University Housing, all students living in the residence halls will be assigned an Our Wisconsin inclusion workshop by house. The workshop will be assigned during early move-in periods to the residence halls, or Monday through Thursday, from 6 PM to 9 PM following the first day of class.
To provide all University of Wisconsin-Madison students with an understanding about culture, identity, and difference, as well as the skills and commitment to create a community that is inclusive for all people.
To have a campus community where all students are welcomed, valued, and supported as they live the Wisconsin Experience.
Our Learning Outcomes
- Students will gain a broader awareness of, interest in, and respect for the diversity on campus.
- Students will gain a greater appreciation for how individual actions and systems impact individuals’ experiences in the world.
- Students will gain enhanced skills to identify bias and engage in constructive dialogue about diversity and inclusion.
- Students will gain a greater sense of connection with the campus community.
Fall 2016 Pilot Program
During the Fall 2016 pilot program, Our Wisconsin facilitators reached 1000 students with 59 workshops in the participating residence halls. As a result of a successful pilot program, Our Wisconsin will expand to reach all undergraduate first-year students for the 2017-2018 academic year.
In Coming Years
Once Our Wisconsin has reached the undergraduate population, we hope to expand its reach to graduate students. Our Wisconsin will continue to explore campus and community partnerships following successful completion of the expansion period.