Inclusion and Engagement

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Funding 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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Mixer Series

The UW–Madison Graduate School, with support from the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer, hosts a series of demographics-based mixers to support our graduate students of color. We hold these events with the dual mission of facilitating community building among affinity groups, but also to introduce graduate students to faculty and administrators of color who can share their experiences in navigating, surviving, and thriving in life after graduate school.

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.

Welcome Celebration

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Funding kicks off the start of a new school year with a large celebration to invigorate the vibrant community of graduate students on campus.

End of the Year Celebration

The End of the Year Celebration is an opportunity to honor graduate students who have completed their degree programs and to celebrate the end of another year at UW–Madison! Students gather in a campus space to socialize and congratulate those who have achieved notable accomplishments.

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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