The Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement (DDEEA) supports campus and the greater Madison community by engaging in collaborative initiatives and partnerships that help to build grass-roots efforts focusing on diversity and Inclusion. DDEEA Units like the Learning Communities for Institutional Change & Excellence (LCICE) facilitate social justice learning in community structured workshops like the Leadership Institute and Student SEED. LCICE also works with campus units to develop in-house learning communities allow employees examine their own learning edges and build stronger communities.
The DDEEA also facilitates the annual Fall Diversity Forum where faculty, staff, students, and the community can engage in dialogue around diversity and inclusion. At the Annual Deans’ Diversity Retreat, Vice Provost Sims also works closely with the Deans of the schools and colleges to explore and learn issues related to diversity and inclusion and how it relates to leadership.
Annual Diversity Forum
Learning Communities for Institutional Change & Excellence (LCICE)
Cultivating Inclusive Practice through Dialogue
LCICE is a unit in the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement (DDEEA) that offers academic-year and semester-long Learning Communities (LCs) to help build institutional capacity to implement our strategic diversity initiatives and develop our abilities to engage effectively in a globally interconnected workforce and world. The success of this university in its mission as a world-class teaching, research, and public service institution depends on nurturing a diverse body of students, faculty and staff to foster innovation and excellence.
To achieve this mission, the Learning Communities provide a forum for active participation in dialogue focused on creating working, learning, and teaching environments where everyone is heard, valued and included. Through dialogue, one learns how to engage in transformative changes of behaviors, policies, and procedures that collectively impact the campus climate for ALL community members. Click here to learn more.
Student SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity)
Student SEED is a non-traditional, grass-roots developed social justice course which uses “the textbook of students’lives as the main teaching tool. Students explore and share their own individual experiences with race, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion,. and ability ion order to learn about and understand the large systems of privilege and oppression. The course facilitators strive tpo create a safe and respectful environment for students to reflect on an share their own experiences, learn from their peers’ experiences and build community while engaging in deep critical thinking around issues that are pervasive in our society and daily lives.
SEED seeks to create a respectful environment for students to engage in conversations about the impact of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability and other defining aspects of identity on their personal lives, on their communities and in society as a whole. Unlike most UW classes, SEED students are expected to share their own personal stories and feelings regarding these aspects of identity in order to learn from each other and learn about themselves. We will also use readings, videos, reflective writing, and group dialogue to further students’ learning and understanding.