University of Wisconsin–Madison

Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement

Under the direction of Vice Provost & Chief Diversity Officer Patrick J. Sims, the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement (DDEEA) supports the mission of the University of Wisconsin–Madison as it works to create a diverse, inclusive, and excellent learning and work environment for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others who partner with the university. DDEEA accomplishes this work centered in the core values of community, inclusion, organizational excellence, transparency, accountability and social justice. DDEEA uses collaboration, leadership and seeding of new initiatives, consultative advice, and the coordination of numerous institutional initiatives to support Campus, Wisconsin and the world.

Keys to Understanding DDEEA

Pipeline & Recruitment

Diversity is a collaborative effort. Embedded across campus are our strategic partners who help to facilitate diverse contexts for student achievement, while actively promoting the recruitment and retention of students of diverse backgrounds.

First Wave

Shared Governance

The DDEEA serves as a both a resource and a partner on diversity and inclusion issues for UW-Madison's four shared governance groups--the Faculty Senate, the University Staff Congress, the Academic Staff Congress and Associated Students Movement.

Shared Governance

Affirmative Action & Equal Employment Opportunity

The DDEEA coordinates UW-Madison's compliance with federal and state affirmative action, employment and disabilities laws.

Diversity

Campus Engagement & Outreach

Vice Provost Sims, division leaders and staff regularly engage campus and community partners on diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Grassroots Commitment

The DDEEA encourages and supports campus and community grassroots efforts to foster diversity and inclusion, like the UW Odessey Project, the South Madison Partnership Center and the Morgridge Center for Public Service.

Grassroot committment

Gears to Success

Division Goals

  • Strategic Leadership
  • Transparency
  • Organizational Excellence
Dvision of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement Vision, Mission Values