Student Employee Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources

Institutional Statement on Diversity

"Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW–Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background — people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world."

Inclusive Student Employment

We feel strongly that your role as a student employee within the University of Wisconsin-Madison community should be an impactful experience, and it is paramount that we recognize the roles diversity, equity, and inclusion play in your employment journey. We have compiled the following resources to act as a starting point for understanding how diversity, equity, and inclusion influence your student employment experience, as well as to inspire a dialogue about ways in which we can improve those experiences.

It is important to identify and eliminate unconscious and hidden biases. The following resources will help expand knowledge on unconscious bias and provide suggested strategies for reducing bias.

Pronoun Usage: 

“You can’t know what pronouns someone uses just by looking at them… Using someone’s pronouns correctly is important because it shows that you respect them. -UW-Madison Gender and Sexuality Campus Center Pronoun Guide

Action Verbs

When addressing individuals inclusively, avoid using words that may be exclusionary. This can include traditionally gendered words or phrases, as well as those that are unique to the department or team, such as acronyms or office specific terms.

“Inclusion Education was formed in August 2020 to elevate and prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion for all students at UW. We offer a broad array of learning opportunities for students that contribute to their Wisconsin Experience. The Office of Inclusion Education, a part of Student Affairs, seeks to foster social justice in order to create a place where all Badgers feel like they belong.

While our department may be new, we’ve been doing the work for a very long time across campus. We’re bringing together areas where inclusion work already takes place and putting it in one space. The Office of Inclusion Education includes Our WisconsinSocial Justice Programs, and Social Justice Hubs.”

Wisconsin Experience:

Our Wisconsin:

Be sure to visit UW’s Creating Community Page:  View More Information

The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center (GSCC) is a unit on campus that is aimed to actively address oppression in all forms and affirms, includes and celebrates people across the spectrum of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, including their intersectional experiences and perspectives.”

The GSCC provides a multitude of trainings, resources and guides for supporting the LGBTQ+ community:

For additional information or support, contact the GSCC at: lgbt@studentlife.wisc.edu

“The McBurney Disability Resource Center is the office for students with disabilities and classroom accommodations on the UW-Madison campus. As part of the student accommodation process, we work collaboratively with students and instructors to provide and support effective student accommodations. And as a part of the Division of Student Affairs, we strive to create an inclusive campus environment that allows students to engage, explore, and participate in the Wisconsin Idea.”

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“Under the direction of the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer, the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement (DDEEA) supports the mission of the University of Wisconsin–Madison as it works to create a diverse, inclusive and excellent learning and work environment for all students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners at the university.

DDEEA accomplishes this work centered in the core values of community, inclusion, organizational excellence, transparency, accountability and social justice. DDEEA uses collaboration, leadership and seeding of new initiatives, consultative advice and the coordination of numerous institutional initiatives to support Campus, Wisconsin and the world.”

Creating Community:

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UW-Madison Dean of Students Office Resources

SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science created the following guide relating identity to the employment search. They say: “The resources on this page have been compiled to help you navigate the job or internship search process, especially as it intersects with identities.” 

View the resource guide today!

Every month we highlight a podcast episode to encourage reflection and discussion about various topics related to the Student Employment experience. We invite you to listen to the upcoming podcasts listed to the right, or view the previously highlighted podcasts below!

Previous Podcast Episodes

Upcoming Events

Note that some of the events listed above are not open to students. Please review the event details for more information.

Is there a resource that we haven’t yet highlighted? Please let us know!

We want to expand this resource! Resource recommendations can be sent to student.employment@finaid.wisc.edu with the subject “Student Employee Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Resources”. We appreciate your collaboration!

Photo by Bryce Richter/UW-Madison