Committed to Change: Resources to Answer the Call to Action

Thank you to the more than 1,800 people who attended our Committed to Change: A Call to Action virtual event on July 8. To learn how you can get involved with the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement, please contact Tracy Williams-Maclin, senior director of external relations and development, at

Watch the full recording

Thank you to our speakers

In order of appearance:

  • Dr. Cheryl Gittens, Interim Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, UW–Madison
  • Grady Crosby, VP Public Affairs, Chief Diversity Officer and President, Johnson Controls Foundation
  • Dr. Pamela Newkirk, Professor of Journalism, NYU; Author of Diversity Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business
  • Shawn Dove, Founder & CEO, Campaign for Black Male Achievement
  • Darrell Hines II (’03), CEO, Hines Consulting
  • Payton Wade (‘20), Founder, UW–Madison Student Inclusion Coalition
  • Cavalier Johnson (‘09), 2nd District Alderman and Council President, Milwaukee Common Council
  • Dr. Ruben Anthony, Jr. (MS ’92), President & CEO, Urban League of Greater Madison
  • Claudia Marte, Mental Health Provider with Students of Color Focus, UW–Madison
  • Dr. Eric Wilcots, Dean, College of Letters & Science, Mary C. Jacoby Professor of Astronomy, UW–Madison
  • Dr. Corey Steele, Psychologist and Mental Health Provider with Students of Color Focus, UW–Madison


Diversity, Inc. The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business by Pamela Newkirk

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 Harvard Business Review Article – Academia Isn’t a Safe Haven for Conversations about Race

Forbes Article on Impacts of Racism on Health

New York Times Article – Are You Willing to Give up Privilege?

Wisconsin Ranks #50 for State Economic Racial Equality

Race in America Video by Phil Vischer

Race in Corporate America

About Negative Economic Policy Impacts

McKinsey & Company – The Color of Wealth facts regarding the wealth gap and proposed solutions

The Black Experience in the Workforce

Must See Testimony as Attorney Bryan Stevenson Explains A Personal Experience with Racism

Speaking Up Against Racist Jokes

Resources for Black Mental Health

College Campus Reopening Impacts on Students of Color in Wake of COVID 19

Truth of the Confederacy in the United States (Full Version)

Fox News Interview with Hawk Newsome, Leader of Black Lives Matter New York

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Day of Racial Healing Dialogue

Virgil Abloh – UW Alumni that Returned to Campus in 2015 and led Red Shirt Effort as Diversity Project

UW-Madison Student Inclusion Coalition Demands

Proposed Solutions to Racial Injustice by Michael Johnson, CEO Boys and Girls Club of Dane County