Dear Members of the Campus Community:
We live in a diverse society that is increasingly interconnected with the political, cultural and economic interests of people in other parts of the world. Educating graduates who are prepared to live in this global environment requires that we foster and celebrate the diversity among human beings and cultures. Students must continually extend their reach. At UW-Madison we have made significant progress in our efforts to create a campus that reflects the diversity of our society and the world beyond it. We have organized our major diversity programs into one division, established a fourth Posse partnership that will have a STEM focus, channeled funds into an initiative to increase faculty diversity on campus, and increased need-based funding through The Madison Initiative for Undergraduates and the Great People Scholarship campaign. In addition, programs such as the Chinese Champions and International Internship programs have allowed us to build international relationships and exposed our campus community to a wider range of perspectives and cultural backgrounds.
UW–Madison is, and will continue to be passionately committed to a diverse and inclusive learning environment. Despite the deep budget cuts that we face in the next biennium, we will protect our diversity gains as much as possible. I will continue to work with the Vice Provost for the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement, with our deans, our faculty, staff and students to strengthen existing programs and to seek additional resources so we might expand our efforts. I encourage all of you to become involved.
Paul M. DeLuca, Jr.
Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs