The Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) is charged with the development and implementation of a systemwide strategic vision that cultivates inclusive and supportive learning and working environments throughout the UW System.
This office plays a central role in ensuring that the human and financial resources of the UW system align closely with its stated mission to improve the human condition for all, especially those of diverse racial and ethnic identities, nationalities, social and economic status, sexual orientations, gender identity/expressions, ages, physical and mental abilities, religious beliefs or political ideologies.
Senior Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Officer
1604 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: (608) 262-3767
About Warren Anderson
Warren Anderson was appointed University of Wisconsin System’s senior equity, diversity, and inclusion officer in January 2021. In this new role Anderson is charged with the development and implementation of a systemwide strategic vision that cultivates inclusive and supportive learning and working environments throughout the UW System; reflecting the richness of its students, staff, and faculty. He works with the senior diversity officers at all UW System universities and serves as an advisor to Interim President Thompson.
Anderson previously served as vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and student affairs at UW-Eau Claire where his transformative leadership was evident in both student affairs and EDI initiatives, as well as the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a strong advocate for underrepresented students, Anderson made UW-Eau Claire a more inclusive community on all its campuses. His strategic vision and direction resulted in the establishment of a Center for Racial and Restorative Justice to serve as a national model during this time of social and cultural change. Previously, Anderson served as vice president for inclusion and diversity, chief diversity officer and Title IX coordinator at Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) in Pennsylvania, a position he began in 2016. Under Anderson’s leadership, HACC received the 2019 Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Northeast Region Equity Award—one of three awards presented nationally, as well as the Charles Kennedy Equity Award. Anderson also served as associate provost for student success at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, associate vice president of student affairs-diversity initiatives at Clarkson University in New York, assistant vice president for student affairs at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, and director of student access and support with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Anderson’s earlier roles in higher education include leading student activities, a federal GEAR-UP grant initiative, and university-wide minority student admissions and recruitment.
Anderson earned an undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in elementary and special education from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in multicultural education and urban transformation from Eastern University, and holds a doctorate in education with an emphasis in higher education from Widener University.
Native American Student Success Coordinator
801 N 28th Street
University of Wisconsin-Superior
Superior, WI 54880
Telephone: (608) 262-5563
About Sasanehsaeh Jennings
Sasānēhsaeh Jennings joined the University of Wisconsin System as Native American Student Success Coordinator in July 2018. In this role, she serves as the principal resource for areas of strategic importance related to the educational success of Native American students within the UW System.
Sasānēhsaeh is an enrolled member of the Menominee Nation, growing up on the Menominee Indian Reservation of Wisconsin. She has worked in education for over 11 years both with college and high school students in a variety of areas at UW-Madison and the University of Minnesota. She began her career at UW-Madison where her work focused on multicultural students with the PEOPLE program and the Multicultural Student Center. She then moved to the University of Minnesota, where she served as the Transfer Coordinator and Academic Advisor for the College of Biological Sciences and most recently the Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the College of Science and Engineering and Program Coordinator for the North Star STEM Alliance. As an educator and scholar-activist, Sasānēhsaeh continues to work to transform educational spaces to honor and reflect indigenous student and community experiences. She centers her community in all that she does and believes it is her responsibility to always work on their behalf.
Sasānēhsaeh earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development from the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, and both her M.S. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and B.A. in Sociology from UW-Madison.
Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Specialist
1610 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706