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The Eleven Principles
of PLAN 2008
Plan 2008 is founded on the following principles:
- This plan focuses on African Americans, Latinos, Asians with an
emphasis on Southeast Asians, and American Indian faculty, staff and
students (in hiring, recruitment, retention, graduation and financial
aid). International students are not a Plan 2008 targeted population.
- People of Color include the full spectrum of human diversity:
men, women, differently-abled, gay, bi-sexual, lesbian, or
trans-gendered. Therefore, when institutions reshape or create
initiatives for Plan 2008, they must address the diversity within race
- All admitted students, including students of color, are required to
meet all admissions standards.
- All hires of faculty, administrators and staff, including those
of color, will continue to meet each institution's hiring criteria.
- The University of Wisconsin System recognizes the need to create
educational experiences, both in and out of class, that respects,
cultivates and builds upon the diversity that all groups bring; (i.e.
gender, religion, nationality, sexual orientation and
differently-abled). We encourage campuses to continue, and to build
upon, their progressive initiatives for the above mentioned
- Grades K-12 African American, Latino, Southeast Asian, and
American Indian students have typically been stereotyped as "children
at risk." The UW System believes that students of color, like all other
children, are "Children of Promise." They must be treated as assets to
the institution and society, not as deficits or burdens.
- The UW System supports the 11 Native American nations in
Wisconsin in their endeavor to preserve their languages, develop
leadership, create avenues for cultural expression and manage their
resources and economies.
- The Design for Diversity three-credit graduation requirement on
historically under-represented U.S. racial/ethnic groups (African
American, Latino, Asian American, and American Indian) remains
unchanged. Course requirements on international issues, women, gay,
bi-sexual, lesbian, or trans-gendered groups are complements to the
graduation requirement and yet may not be substitutes for the
requirement. Additional institutional course requirements are a)
complements to the Design for Diversity requirement and may be
developed at an institutional level to enhance the caliber of the
- The focus on expanding educational opportunity for all Wisconsin
citizens transcends existing affirmative action laws. These are efforts
we can pursue with or without these laws.
- Each UW System institution will review and enhance its policies
and practices to ensure full participation of people of color. This,
institution responsibility rests with all persons, at all levels in the
- Each institution will create a ten year plan specifying initiatives
it will undertake to advance the goals of Plan 2008, and identify accountability
measures to ensure its success. Institutional plans will be filed with the