Campus Climate Student Forum: Join the conversation March 12

The Division of Student Life and the Department of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement (DDEEA) invite you to a Campus Climate Student Forum to discuss the climate survey results and to join the ongoing conversation around improving climate at UW-Madison. Meet with other student leaders on Monday, March 12 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Union South, Northwoods.

Several hundred participants break into smaller groups for discussion during “A Campus Conversation About Diversity and Inclusion,” a campus-wide forum for students, faculty and staff. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

In fall 2016, all UW-Madison students were invited to take the survey of nearly 200 questions.  A total 8, 652 students responded, which is a 21% response rate. The results found that while most students view the climate at UW–Madison positively, that’s not true for everyone. In particular, students from historically underrepresented and disadvantaged groups report experiencing a less favorable campus climate than majority students.

This is where you come in and make your voice heard: Now that we have results, what are we going to do about it? The Campus Climate Student Forum is designed to promote conversation.

Discussion questions will include:

  1. In what ways do these results reflect your lived experiences or the experiences of those in your communities?
  2. As students involved across campus how can you leverage your spheres of influence (self, peers, university)?
  3. We are all responsible for changing and contributing to a more welcoming, affirming, safe, and inclusive campus climate. For you and your communities, what would an inclusive campus look or feel like?
  4. What are the opportunities that the campus could capitalize on?

Be prepared to participate in facilitated discussions with peers and campus administrators and talk about next steps in creating a campus environment in which all feel welcome, safe, and included.

In solidarity,

Lori Berquam
Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Dean of Students

Patrick Sims
Vice Provost for the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement
Chief Diversity Officer