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University of Wisconsin, Madison

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
702 W Johnson St #1101
Madison, Wisconsin 53715
Phone
(608) 263-2400
School Information
"Since its founding in 1848, this campus has been a catalyst for the extraordinary. As a public land-grant university and prolific research institution, our students, staff, and faculty members partake in a world-class education and solve real-world problems. We’ve changed the way the nation takes its vitamins and brought flamingos to Bascom Hill. We’ve inspired satirists and senators alike. We’ve fearlessly sifted and winnowed to find today’s truths. And with the Wisconsin Idea as our guiding principle, we’re not only changing the 936 acres we call home—Badgers are also creating a better future for Wisconsin, the nation, and the world." The university enrolls over 45,300 students, employs over 22,300 faculty and staff, and offers over programs across its 13 schools and colleges. (Source: https://www.wisc.edu/about/) (Source: https://www.wisc.edu/about/facts/)
General Information
UW Madison taken steps to change its training procedures. The university announced that it will mandate cultural awareness training, although the exact form of training is unclear. Additionally, the Medical School will be removing race as a part of its kidney function test. It is unclear whether "cultural awareness training" will contain elements of C.R.T. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
Program and Research Funding
  • The Mellon Foundation "awarded $5 million to fund an interdisciplinary, multi-year project to advance anti-racist practices and pedagogy in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM)".
Resources
  • The University of Wisconsin's Gender and Women's Studies Library published a reading list focusing on "Whiteness".
  • The Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives is offering its "Hip Hop in the Heartland" seminar. The seminar description reads, "The one-of-a-kind program draws from educational pedagogies on socio-cultural theory, cultural relevancy, critical race theory, hip hop and social justice. Participants learn proven, hands-on techniques to develop lesson plans and strengthen their course study, as well as create a platform from which they will understand the scope of hip hop history, culture and politics."
  • The university is offering "African 405: The Problem of Whiteness," where the course description reads, "Critical Whiteness Studies aims to understand how whiteness is socially constructed and experienced in order to help dismantle white supremacy. Our class will break away from the standard US-centric frame, and consider how whiteness is constructed globally, with particular attention to paradigmatic cases like South Africa. Whereas disciplines such as Latino/a, African, and Asian American studies focus on race as experienced by non-whites, whiteness studies considers how race is experienced by white people."
  • The University’s Resources that Activate Change in Health Sciences (REACH) center offers a website with resources on anti-black violence, inequality in America, and racism for teaching.
  • In September and November of 2020, the University presented multiple talks with Ibram X. Kendi focusing on Kendi’s concept of antiracism and critical race theory.
Symbolic Actions
  • Medical School will be removing race as a part of its kidney function test.
  • University will be removing a campus symbol (a rock) because it used to have a racist name.
  • Professors from the University of Wisconsin, Madison were interviewed on PBS Wisconsin’s “Here and Now” program about critical race theory and how it should be taught in schools.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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