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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
800 W Main St
Whitewater, Wisconsin 53190
(262) 472-1234
Email address
School Information
Welcome to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Since 1868, UW-Whitewater has provided an exceptional learning experience for its students. We're proud of our history and excited about our future. There is much to celebrate on this campus. We are proud of our faculty and staff who helped name UW-Whitewater one of the Top 100 Workplaces in southeastern Wisconsin. Our students continue to contribute to area communities by providing thousands of hours of volunteer time to help improve the lives of others. We are proud of our award-winning programs, student organizations and our national championship football, men's wheelchair basketball and rugby teams. No matter what we do, we strive to be the best that we can be. Our faculty and staff and students continue to excel in research and engagement with our region. Our faculty and staff from all our colleges - Arts and Communication, Letters and Sciences, Education and Professional Studies, and Business and Economics - continue to blend research and teaching. The joint project with the city of Whitewater known as Whitewater University Technology Park is just one of many examples of how we use our expertise on campus to help the region.
General Information
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has embraced the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The University created a “Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion” and appointed a Chief Diversity Officer and diversity coordinators for each college to oversee the Division’s initiatives. This Division operates town halls, provides resources, and crafts recommendations to update the University’s curriculum and training programs. UWW posts several “Racial and Social Justice Initiatives” which recommend “mandatory training” on diversity and inclusion and “intercultural competency.” UWW’s online resources including in its library link to books on critical race theory and anti-racist teaching. Notably, the Student Government, Faculty Senate, and Administration endorsed the Black Lives Matter movement through various resolutions. While there is no evidence UWW mandates CRT training, it has established ambitious goals to incorporate DEI training for its entire community.

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • "Each of the 5 academic colleges shall conduct a meaningful analysis and discussion of equity gaps in DFWI rates in courses, and develop concrete action steps to reduce or eliminate the gaps."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • UWW created the goal to Institutionalize mandatory training covering diversity and inclusion topics. Create anti-racist reading groups for each of the 5 colleges concentrating on [Ibram X.] Kendi's work." An "anti-racist book group" was created in April 2021 and "on-ongoing plans" exist to foster an "anti-racist learning environment."
  • In 2018, the Chancellor created an "Inclusive Excellence Committee" to "aid the campus in better understanding UWW student, faculty, staff, and community member's perceptions of campus climate and cultural awareness. This data will be used to inform future programming related to diversity training and intercultural competency skill-building across our campus."
  • In April 2021, UWW "provided a townhall on microaggression..."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • "Re-evaluate our curriculum surrounding diversity courses. Also review when these courses are taught – should they be incorporated throughout a student’s academic experience or is there a diversity component in a wide-array of courses in a student’s degree?"
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • In August 2020, the Whitewater Student Government (WSG) unanimously passed a resolution endorsing the Black Lives Matter movement
  • In August 2020, UWW's Faculty Senate unanimously passed a resolution endorsing the Black Lives Matter movement. This resolution was "approved by university administration."
Program and Research Funding
  • "In 2018, UW-Whitewater hired Kenny E. Yarbrough as UW-Whitewater's Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer." Then, "In Fall 2018, UW-Whitewater established College Diversity Coordinators." These faculty "receive reassigned time to work on equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives within the colleges."
  • UWW's library provides literature on "Race, Racism and Social Justice. One of the sections includes books for young children, including "Woke Baby," and "A is for Activist." Another section offers book such as "How to Be an Antiracist," "The End of Policing," "White Range," and "White Fragility."
  • UWW provides links to various "anti-racist" organizations. Some of these organizations offer guidance on how to become an anti-racist teacher. The "Abolitionist Teaching Network's Guide for Racial Justice and Abolitionist Social and Emotional Learning" advocates to "Remove any and all police and policing from schools." It pushes for "Reparations for Children of Color stolen by the school-to-prison pipeline." It also seeks to "End high-stakes standardized testing."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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