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University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1725 State St
La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601
(608) 785-8000
Email address
School Information
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse shares in the mission of the University of Wisconsin System which is to develop human resources; to discover and disseminate knowledge; to extend knowledge and its application beyond the boundaries of its campuses; and to serve and stimulate society by developing in students heightened intellectual, cultural, and human sensitivities as well as scientific, professional, and technological expertise and a sense of purpose. Inherent in this broad mission are methods of instruction, research, extended education and public service designed to educate people and improve the human condition. Basic to every purpose of the system is the search for truth.
General Information
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has launched numerous initiatives to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. Its retitled “Center for Transformative Justice” which addresses campus climate issues, aims to advance “intersectional social justice and equity.” The University offers an optional discussion group to promote “anti-racism” and “acknowledge systems of white supremacy and racial oppression.” It also attempts to combat the “white savior complex.” The Equity Liaison Initiative was created by faculty to study and report on “equity gaps” in each college. This conception of “equity gaps” is defined by the University as a “systemic disparity in access, retention, or achievement.” Faculty and staff are required to attend a diversity and inclusion training session. There is no evidence students are required to complete a similar task.

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Starting Fall 2019, all UWL faculty and staff [are] provided the online course "Diversity: Inclusion in the Modern Workplace." This training advances UWL's "strategic priorities, Investing in our People and Achieving Excellence Through Equity and Diversity."
  • UWL launched the "Equity Liaison Initiative" as a "strategic, cooperative, campus-wide effort to identify and close equity gaps affecting students and employees." "The equity liaison is a faculty or staff member designated within each unit who analyzes and interprets equity data, gathers relevant resources, and advocates for evidence-based strategies to help their unit better anticipate and address these equity gaps."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • UWL has adopted "Inclusive Excellence." In doing so, it is "designing course assignments that engage diversity," and "infusing diversity throughout the content of courses and campus events."
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • UWL is "improving access and equity for historically under-served populations."
Program and Research Funding
  • UWL's "Campus Culture Center" was renamed the "Center for Transformative Justice" to "center historically marginalized communities, liberate the learner, and disrupt inequitable systems to advance intersectional social justice and equity in our collective spheres of influence."
  • UWL created the "Partners in Movement" group. "This experiential meeting of the minds, shaped by principles of anti-racism, is designed for students who acknowledge systems of white supremacy and racial oppression, and desire to further explore their personal and collective responsibility within a racialized society. Our conversations will be informed by 4 main components (awareness, connection, responsibility and solidarity) through the exploration of concepts such as systemic racism, white savior complex, white fragility, and anti-racist action."
Symbolic Actions
  • UWL defines "equity gap" as a "systemic disparity in access, retention, or achievement that adversely affects students and/or employees of under-represented or under-served populations at UWL..."
  • The University of Wisconsin system renamed its annual reports on diversity from "Design For Diversity" to "Design for Racial Equity."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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