Inclusion and Engagement

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Funding (ODIF) is your resource for social networking, learning, and professional development. Housed within the Graduate School at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, we focus on the needs of underserved graduate student populations such as graduate students of color and first-generation graduate students.

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Graduate Student Inclusion & Engagement Events

ODIF hosts a dozen events each semester for UW–Madison’s diverse graduate student population. Students can expect to meet peers across disciplines, find community, and be introduced to various campus and community resources. The ODIF community invites you to join us in any of the following types of events we offer.

Upcoming ODIF Events

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UHS Grad Student Support Group

A licensed mental health therapist from University Health Services who is a person of color facilitates support group meetings. Topics are selected by group members. This is a gently-facilitated, non-therapeutic support group. All grad students are welcome, especially those seeking community and space to process their experiences as minoritized students on the UW campus.

Community Champions Program

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ODIF’s 2023 Community Champions

Students who attend three or more events in a year are declared Community Champions and are awarded for their contributions to the ODIF community. Those who attend the most events receive special honors. ODIF understands that graduate students are particularly busy, which is why the Community Champions Program has been instituted to give thanks to our community members. Award ceremonies are held at the End of Year Celebration.

Awards

Graduate School Bucky Awards

The graduate student Bucky Awards recognize stellar mentorship as well as commitment to engagement and activism. Learn more about the awards and past winners.

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Graduate Student Service Scholarships

The Graduate Student Service Scholarship recognizes and honors the graduate students who volunteer to take on service roles in addition to their research, work, and family obligations.

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Helpful Resources

DACA/undocumented student support

As a student population in the U.S., there are unique challenges for dreamers who may be DACA-mented, undocumented. Chancellor Blank has publicized a statement on executive order on immigration and has signed a statement in support of DACA and undocumented immigrant students. The Multicultural Student Center (MSC) is a place where students may seek support, resources, and community building opportunities.

The Undocumented Student Task Force, which is led by the MSC, has compiled a resource page for students who are undocumented.

Reporting incidents of bias or hate

The University of Wisconsin–Madison values a diverse community where all members are able to participate fully in the Wisconsin Experience. Incidents of bias or hate affecting a person or group create a hostile climate and negatively impact the quality of the Wisconsin Experience for community members. UW–Madison takes such incidents seriously and will investigate and respond to reported or observed incidents of bias.

If an emergency has occurred please call 911.

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Email diversity@grad.wisc.edu for additional questions.