Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement

The Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement supports the mission of the University of Wisconsin–Madison as it works to create a diverse, inclusive, and excellent learning and work environment for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others who partner with the university. This mission is accomplished through collaboration, leadership and seeding of new initiatives, consultative advice, and the coordination of numerous institutional initiatives, while supervising the group of key diversity units that now comprise the Division.

The Division's operative priority is to make progress toward the university’s strategic diversity interests: 1) Increasing access for all qualified students, especially for underrepresented minorities and women in the STEM areas; 2) Eliminating the achievement gap between majority and underrepresented students; 3) Recruiting and retaining a more diverse faculty and staff; 4) Preparing all our students, staff and faculty to thrive personally and professionally in a world that is diverse, global and interconnected; and 5) Enhancing the campus climate for inclusion. In striving toward these shared goals, the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement is engaged in key collaborative partnerships with the Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff, the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, the Dean of Students, as well as student leaders, deans, directors and governance bodies across campus.

Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement Units

Center for Educational Opportunity 

Office for Equity and Diversity

Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives / First Wave 


Posse Program  

Wisconsin's Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei Lab)

Programs, Initiatives, and Partnerships 

American Indian Student Cultural Center

Beyond the Game

Black Male Intergenerational Leadership Summit

Creating Community 

Delta Bridging the Achievement Gap Project (PDF)

Diversity, Community Building & Intergroup Relations Working Group (DCBIWG)

Diversity Dialogues 

Faculty Strategic Hiring Initiative and Guidelines for Ensuring Faculty Diversity

Intercultural Dialogues

Strategic Diversity Initiative Grants 

Theater for Cultural & Social Awareness

Policies and Reports

Strategic Diversity Update: From the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity & Climate, Spring 2011

L&S EDC Report May 2010 – Students: Report by L&S Equity and Diversity Committee on grade disparities in introductory L&S courses

OVPDC Reorganization Memo: Message to UW–Madison diversity community outlining divisional reorganization

Plan 2008 UW–Madison Closeout Report: UW–Madison’s final report to System on Plan 

Domestic Partnership Policy

L&S EDC-Report: Faculty Diversity and Excellence: A Report and Practical Vision for the Future

Plan 2008: UW System’s second ten-year plan

Madison Commitment: UW–Madison reaffirmation of its commitment to diversity, 1994

Design for Diversity Midpoint Review: 1993

Plan 2008 UW System: UW System’s first ten-year diversity plan, 1988

Madison Plan: UW–Madison’s first comprehensive diversity plan

Holley Report: Recommendations by the Steering Committee on Minority Affairs 

Related campus resources 

Academic Staff Mentoring Program

Campus Child Care

CIC Women in Science and Engineering Panel

CIC Women's Advocacy Network

Committee on Women in the University

Employee Assistance, Office of

Equity and Diversity, Office for

Leadership Institute

UW System Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Women Faculty Mentoring Program

Vice Provost for Diversity and Climate

Patrick Sims headshot

Patrick Sims

109 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Tel. 608-265-5228
FAX 608-265-3353

Office of the Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer

Interim Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Climate

Ruby Paredes

354 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Tel. 608-265-5228
FAX 608-265-3353

Office of the Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer