What Does Success Look Like?

The success of these efforts is recognized by numerous hallmarks, some of which include:


  • Thorough institutionalization of equity and diversity where they are embraced as core values and used to inform campus decision-making, educational practices, and policy-making;


  • Greater compositional and equitable representation of diversity among faculty, students, staff, and other university personnel;


  • Steady and significant rates of retention and upward mobility for faculty and staff who are members of underrepresented populations;


  • Improved campus climates that provide a strong, abiding sense of belonging and community for all UW students;


  • Steady and significant increases in the retention and graduation rates for all UW students;


  • Proportional representation of students from underrepresented and under-served populations in competitive academic programs and co-curricular activities that are indices of excellence;


  • Better alignment and cohesiveness between diversity efforts and other institutional initiatives, particularly those that focus on excellence in undergraduate education;


  • Greater numbers of UW students who possess the requisite multicultural competencies they need to navigate an increasingly diverse democracy; and


  • The enhanced capacity of UW System institutions to meet the ever-emerging and complex needs of its students, the state, and society, now and in the future.

Growth Agenda

Inclusive Excellence plays a key role in advancing the Growth Agenda goals to develop Wisconsin’s human potential in order for the state to create new Wisconsin-based jobs, and help strengthen local communities, particularly in response to the state’s changing demographics.

Student Affairs Strategic Directions & Practices

The use and abuse of alcohol has been an ongoing matter of significant concern. The University of Wisconsin System recognizes the importance of addressing this issue on its campuses and in its communities as it interferes with the education and well-being of its students.

Hosted by various University of Wisconsin campuses, the annual American Multicultural Student Leadership Conference (AMSLC) provides an opportunity for students of color and economically-disadvantaged students to come together and engage in lively discussions, hear inspiring speakers, develop networks, and celebrate their achievements in order to foster leadership and excellence.

The University of Wisconsin promotes the concept of universal design throughout the system. This concept holds that all designs should attempt to optimize usability for everyone, regardless of abilities. Universal design requires no prior knowledge of a disability. Everything is created to be as totally and universally accessible as possible. This includes the physical environment, the information environment and the curricular environment.

The Office of Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Student Success administers award programs which:

  • Recognize institutional change agents who have fostered access and educational success for historically under-represented populations.
  • Honor the outstanding scholarship and community service of undergraduate students from traditionally under-represented minority groups

LGBTQ+ Resources works towards creating a positive atmosphere for LGBTQ+ students, staff, and faculty at all our campuses.

Multicultural & Disadvantaged Coordinators (MDCs) in the University of Wisconsin System are charged with coordinating a variety of precollege and postsecondary recruitment and retention initiatives in order to assist in the production of greater numbers of college graduates from underrepresented multicultural (URM) and economically disadvantaged backgrounds in the state of Wisconsin.

The purpose of precollege programming is to increase college-going aspirations and preparedness for postsecondary education in the population of Wisconsin’s K-12 students. These programs are an important component in the broader effort to achieve equitable outcomes in higher education for all student populations.

The President’s Advisory Committee on Health, Safety and Security is the primary group to identify potential and existing student health, safety and security risks, gather and share information, and recommend Systemwide policies, procedures, and guidelines.

The Senior Student Affairs Officers (SSAOs) are senior level administrators across the UW System in charge of the division that provides services, support, and education that enhance student’s academic, social, and personal development.

The UW System is working to create a climate free of sexual violence, both in campus communities and throughout the state.

Student Representatives from each of the University of Wisconsin System institutions meet five times during the year with staff from UW System Administration, providing an opportunity for discussion of issues that impact students both with one another and with UW System Administration leaders.

The Student Voting Guide is a for students in UW System Institutions, who wish to vote in Wisconsin.