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University of Wisconsin, Parkside

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
900 Wood Rd
Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144
(262) 595-2345
Email address
School Information
"The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is a dynamic learning community grounded in academic excellence and focused on student success, diversity, inclusion and community engagement. The campus will be a premier comprehensive public institution and a destination of choice, serving as a focal point of local, regional and global progress." The university enrolls over 4,400 students and employs over 160 full-time faculty. (Source: (Source:
General Information
UW Parkside has a bias incident reporting form and is set to release its 2020-2025 Strategic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion plan. The university does not yet require Critical Race Training sessions of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The "USC Racial Equity Center, as part of the Moon Shot for Equity initiative, [is] provid[ing] monthly 'live, virtual' professional learning experiences for faculty and staff focused on racial equity." Seminars include "Repairing Historical Racial Harm" and "Recruiting and Retaining Faculty of Color."
  • The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at UWP states that it "support[s] continuous professional development and training opportunities for faculty and staff to elevate the climate and culture of our campus community."
Disciplinary Measures
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • On April 20, 2022, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi addressed the university to define antiracism.
  • On December 8, 2023, Inside Higher Ed reported that after six months of funding negotiations, UW system leaders and the Republican-lead legislature had finally reached a deal which was eventually voted down by the UW Board of Regents. The board had "agreed to vote on a deal between system leaders and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos that would freeze and cap DEI hiring in exchange for funding held up by the Legislature." However, "the board rejected the proposal 9 to 8 leaving over $800 million on the table and the future of the system’s DEI offices in limbo." In response to the boards vote, Speaker Vos and Assembly republicans issued the following statement: "'It’s a shame they’ve denied employees their raises and the almost $1 billion investment that would have been made across the UW system, all so they could continue their ideological campaign to force students to believe only one viewpoint is acceptable on campus'."
  • UWP's Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion has published a complete list for all of its EDI initiatives.
  • UWP's Diversity and Inclusion Certificate program is described as follows: "Gain a competitive edge and learn the skill of uprooting hidden biases and natural blind spots. These skills are required to effectively work and contribute to the increasingly diverse society. These skills are needed so the barriers are lessened and an equal opportunity is secured."
Symbolic Actions
  • UW Parkside is set to release its 2020-2025 Strategic Plan for Diversity and Inclusion.
  • On June 16, 2020, UWP's Chancellor issued a statement on Black Lives Matter, which reads in part as follows: "Black lives most certainly matter at UW-Parkside and we must, and will, do a better job serving and supporting our black students, faculty, staff and alumni...As a regional public institution of higher education, we have an obligation to close equity gaps and confront racial disparities...We all have a responsibility to explore how our actions and inactions contribute to systematic racism, and to commit to resolve these inherent disparities."
  • The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion states that UWP commits to "[e]liminating policies and practices that continue to perpetuate racial disparities through systematic racism."
Last updated February 5th, 2024
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