Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

UW-Stout is committed to investing in, and ensuring access to equitable, diverse, and inclusive learning, student living, and work environments.
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Investing in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

UW-Stout continues to make progress in our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion efforts with the development of an EDI office and the implementation of the EDI Team. Additionally, in the 2021-2022 year we are re-establishing our minority faculty and staff network, and committing to our UW-Stout FOCUS2030 goal to invest in, and ensure access to equitable, diverse, and inclusive learning, student living, and work environments.

Diversity strengthens our community

The identities of our students and employees are multifaceted and intersectional. As such, our campus strives to actively engage with and see diversity as critical to our university identity.

Inclusive Excellence

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.

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
  • Disability
  • Ethnicity
  • 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

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.

Inclusive Excellence Feedback

We want your feedback regarding Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) on campus and/or your EDI-related experiences at UW-Stout. This is an anonymous form submitted to the UW-Stout EDI Team for consideration and action.

Student working with a tutor in the Writing Center.

Student Support Services

This TRIO program offers tutoring, advising, and other academic resources.
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Disability Services

Explore means of access options and services.
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Students at the Qube's pide march.

LGBTQIA+ Services

Be in, be out, or belong with our services, programs, and community.
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McNair Scholars Program

This TRIO program offers support to students pursuing advanced degrees.
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Students sitting and chatting in front of Harvey Hall.

Multicultural Student Services

Supporting American minority students from move-in day to graduation.
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Bowman Hall (the clocktower) on a sunny day.

Scholarships and Grants

Explore scholarship opportunities for diverse student populations.
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All Diversity News

Banned Books Week speaker Sept. 28 to address impacts of challenged or banned books

Author Alex Sanchez recalled the honor and horror of his 2001 debut LGBTQIA+ novel “Rainbow Boys” garnering enough interest that it was banned and challenged fo

‘Closet Combat’ brings to light struggles of teens seeking to come out

There’s one way to come out of a closet. Open the door and step out.

Hispanic Heritage Month activities to celebrate and honor the Latinx community

University of Wisconsin-Stout’s student organization Latinos Unidos will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a series of events including speaker La Espiriti