Our Wisconsin is an inclusion program that was developed in 2016 to build community among our diverse campus. Our Wisconsin’s aim is to improve the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s campus climate, as it is one of our core beliefs that every student at UW-Madison, regardless of their background or how they may identify, should feel safe, valued, supported, and welcomed. Our Wisconsin is a required program for all undergraduate first-year students.
As we introduce new students to Our Wisconsin, we are introducing them to their new home at UW and in the dorms and to the expectations we have for our community. As I have said many times in this space, a top priority of mine is that we have a campus where all students feel welcomed, valued, and supported.—Chancellor Rebecca Blank
Learning Goals and Outcomes
These learning outcomes represent the new, online Our Wisconsin experience as well as learning outcomes that first year students will encounter in a variety of inclusion education opportunities offered by the Office of Inclusion Education and campus partners.
• Participants will learn about social identities and build awareness of how personal and systemic actions impact individuals’ experiences.
• Participants will make connections between systems of power, privilege, and oppression and the impact on individuals and communities.
• Participants will develop strategies for engaging in dialogue and action to build an inclusive campus.
Our mission is to provide all University of Wisconsin-Madison students with an understanding about culture, identity, and difference, as well as the skills and commitment to create a community that is inclusive for all people.
Our vision is to have a campus community where all students are welcomed, valued, and supported as they live the Wisconsin Experience.
As a result of student demand for more educational opportunities for students as it relates to diversity, inclusion, and social justice, Our Wisconsin was developed in 2016.
This program was offered as a pilot to 1,000 students in residence halls across campus. After a successful pilot, the program was then expanded to be offered to all first-year students living in campus housing. After continued push from students and to re-affirm the University’s commitment to inclusion, the Chancellor made Our Wisconsin a required program for all first-year students.
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