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

Start Some Shift -IDC workshop

2:30 PM to 4:00 PM - 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Create a Culture of Inclusion through Collaboration – webinar and discussion

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM - MSC Oakwood: Create a culture of inclusion through collaboration Join us for Aperian Global's live webinar where they will demonstrate a validated framework to explore and gain an understanding of key style differences that almost all of us encounter in the workplace. By learning to “dig deeper” employees can develop strategies to work more effectively with others who have different work styles.We will watch the webinar and have a discussion afterward about how to bring these ideas to Stout.

SHIFT Personal Leadership Workshop

8:30 AM to 10:30 AM - MSC Maplewood: SHIFTing into Personal Leadership, participants strengthen their understanding of their own values and goals, then apply that understanding. When faced with intercultural difference, uncertainty and change, people can use the framework to determine the best way forward. Decision-making based on one’s own ideals can boost confidence and add clarity to times of personal and professional transition.

SHIFT into Intercultural Communication

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM - MSC Walnut: Good communication is crucial to success at work and at home. Collaboration improves when people understand one another, but how each person interprets a set of words can vary widely. In this interactive workshop, learn about common sources of misunderstandings and breakdowns, and how to be heard and understood more effectively, even when you are speaking with people whose cultural backgrounds are different from your own.

Shift into Something More Comfortable: Gender, Orientation, Identity and Intercultural Competence

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM - MSC Oakwood: Shift into Something More Comfortable: Gender, Orientation, Identity and Intercultural CompetenceFrom opening doors to coming out as trans, mainstream ideas about 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? When is gender performed, and who writes the script? How do you know whether a person is gay, queer or straight? Can a gender queer person be straight? Improve your competence and get more comfortable with sexual orientation and gender in this active learning workshop!

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..

Start Some Shift!

2:30 PM to 4:00 PM - 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.