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

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.

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: Workplace Bullying – How to prevent and correct

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM - Memorial Student Center: In this interactive workshop we identify and define what workplace bullying is, look at ways to prevent it, methods of healing from bullying and best practice corrective methods to stop it.Registration is required

SHIFT: Creating a healthy workplace through inclusive practices

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM - Memorial Student Center: In this interactive workshop we will explore ways that being more inclusive and culturally competent helps support a healthy workplace. How can supervisors and co-workers contribute to the wellbeing of all, explore some best practices in the field of work life balance.Registration is required

Breaking Barriers Conference

4:30 PM to 7:00 PM - MSC Great Hall: Breaking Barriers Conference is held each spring and an opportunity to deconstruct myths and barriers of class, culture, race, gender, religion and sexual orientation. Our conference consists of students, faculty, and staff who share their unique stories through personal narrative, poem, song or art; this conference is also an opportunity for attendees to self-reflect and ask questions.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.

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.

Beautiful Fire: A Reading of Poetry by Joyce Ash

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM - Memorial Student Center Ballrooms: Internationally renowned poet and professor at University of Hartford, Conn., Joyce Ash will read from her new book of poems Beautiful Fire. These poems touch on themes of Joyce's early life in Cameroon, migration, gender and racial identity in the U.S..

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.

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.

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.