Inclusive Excellence

At UW-Stout, diversity makes us stronger.
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Inclusive Excellence is a UW System planning process aimed at creating a set of initiatives to achieve an integrated set of goals surrounding diversity. In particular, Inclusive Excellence:

  • Employs a dual focus in diversity efforts, concentrating on both increasing compositional diversity and creating learning environments in which students of all backgrounds can thrive;
  • Requires a more comprehensive, widespread level of engagement and commitment ensuring that every student fulfills their educational potential;
  • Places the mission of diversity at the center of institutional life so that it becomes a core organizing principle around which institutional decisions are made;
  • Calls for a close attentiveness to the student experience itself including the impact of race and ethnicity, and the influence of physical ability, sexual orientation, gender expression, socioeconomic background, and first-generation status on their learning experiences; and 
  • Demands that the ideals of diversity and excellence be pursued as the interconnected and interdependent goals they are.

UW-Stout is a community committed to this process, whose aim is to cultivate an environment fostering and promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accountability at every level of university life. We value diversity intrinsically and for the benefits it brings to our community. We strive to create learning environments in which students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds can thrive and fulfill their academic, personal, and professional potential in an increasingly diverse global environment.

The UW System and UW-Stout are inclusive of diversity in areas including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Age
  • Ancestry
  • Arrest or conviction record
  • Color
  • Disability
  • Gender identity or expression
  • Genetic testing
  • Marital status
  • National origin
  • Political affiliation
  • Pregnancy
  • Race
  • Religion or creed
  • Sexual orientation
  • Veterans' status or military membership
  • Use or nonuse of lawful products off the employer's premises during nonworking hours

Diversity Events

Joyce Ash Poetry Reading

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM - Memorial Student Center Ballroom B: This event will feature a reading by Dr. Joyce Ash, originally from Cameroon, currently Associate Professor of English at University of Hartford. She is the author most recently of Beautiful Fire, a collection of poems. Her poetry has been translated into multiple languages and her work has appeared in many international anthologies of poetry.The event is sponsored by the Literature Committee, Multicultural Student Services and the Provost's Office. The event is free and open to the public.

SHIFT Into Something More Comfortable: Gender, Orientation, Identity and Intercultural Competence (IDC 6)

2:30 PM to 4:00 PM - Memorial Student Center: From opening doors to coming out as trans, accepted practices surrounding gender are more complicated than they used to be! Is it ever correct to call one person they? What difference does gender make in the workplace? How is gender performed, and who writes the script? Is there a difference between gay and queer? Can a gender queer person be straight? Improve your competence and get more comfortable with sexual orientation and gender in this active learning workshop! (MSC White Pine)

Time SHIFT: Intercultural Time Management (IDC 3)

12:30 PM to 2:00 PM - Memorial Student Center: Do you ever wish there were more hours in the day? In this interactive intercultural workshop, consider how cultural differences affect how people think about time -- how it gets valued, spent, wasted, cherished and ignored. Learn more about how other cultures, near and far, connect to time. Concurrently, participants will gain a better understanding about their own thoughts on time and ideas about how awareness of time makes a difference in how much time each of us has. (MSC Oakwood)

Hegemony Project Dialogues

5:00 PM to 6:30 PM - MSC Birch: E-Race and E-Radicate Stereotypes Dialogues are held monthly with chosen topics of discussion that are current and relevant to our students; we delve deeply into topics through the lens of cultural hegemony, the power which persuades us to think the dominant narrative is normal, natural, and common sense. We strive to establish a safe environment during our dialogues and encourage our participants to share their personal, lived experiences.The Hegemony Project is a University of Wisconsin-Stout initiative designed to support students in recognizing how and why inequities have developed and are reproduced at the university level and in the wider society, and to develop strategies for greater equity and inclusion. The Hegemony Project Team includes UW-Stout students, faculty and staff. We facilitate multiple events during the academic year, including E-Race and E-Radicate Stereotypes Dialogues and our end of the year, Breaking Barriers Conference.

SHIFT and Shout: Conflict and Intercultural Competence (IDC 8)

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM - Memorial Student Center: In our increasingly multicultural community, success depends more and more upon a person's ability to recognize and respond appropriately to conflict due to cultural differences. This interactive workshop proves practical tools to heighten awareness and help effectively manage and resolve conflicts. Improve your understanding of how culture impacts people's responses to conflict. (MSC Oakwood)

Start Some SHIFT

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM - Memorial Student Center: In this interactive workshop, an overview of the campus goals related to diversity and inclusion and why it matters in our everyday lives will be presented. Learn the eight steps to inclusion and how to support intercultural development across campus. The session qualifies you to take the IDI assessment, which generates specific, individualized suggestions on how to expand intercultural competence and improve the campus climate.Registration is required.

Hegemony Project Dialogues

5:00 PM to 6:30 PM - MSC Birch: E-Race and E-Radicate Stereotypes Dialogues are held monthly with chosen topics of discussion that are current and relevant to our students; we delve deeply into topics through the lens of cultural hegemony, the power which persuades us to think the dominant narrative is normal, natural, and common sense. We strive to establish a safe environment during our dialogues and encourage our participants to share their personal, lived experiences.The Hegemony Project is a University of Wisconsin-Stout initiative designed to support students in recognizing how and why inequities have developed and are reproduced at the university level and in the wider society, and to develop strategies for greater equity and inclusion. The Hegemony Project Team includes UW-Stout students, faculty and staff. We facilitate multiple events during the academic year, including E-Race and E-Radicate Stereotypes Dialogues and our end of the year, Breaking Barriers Conference.

SHIFT Into Personal Leadership

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM - Memorial Student Center: This workshop provides greater awareness and certainty of how to determine the best course of action, when working with intercultural difference! The Intercultural Personal LeaderSHIFT framework guides individuals in creating a map to determine the best course of action for that individual in that circumstance. Through this workshop, participants strengthen their understanding of their own values and goals, then apply that understanding. Decision-making based on one's own ideals can boost confidence and add clarity to times of personal and professional transition. (MSC Birchwood)