Poster for the 2020 UW–Madison Diversity Forum featuring illustrated picket signs with the title, "The Pandemic Effect: Exposing Racism & Inequities" written on them.

Diversity Forum 2020: Resources

Thank you for your interest in the 2020 UW–Madison Diversity Forum, “The Pandemic Effect: Exposing Racism & Inequities,” which was held as a virtual conference on Oct. 27 & 28, 2020.

Below are presentation materials and other resources to revisit or continue the learning from the sessions in the Diversity Forum. On-demand video replays of most of the sessions from the conference can be found at go.wisc.edu/df20replay. Check back later for additional resources and videos as they become available. Please send any questions to events@cdo.wisc.edu

Conference Materials

Digital Program

Cover image of the Diversity Forum 2020 digital program. Red background with the title of the diversity forum, "The Pandemic Effect: Exposing Racism & Inequities" displayed on illustrated picket signs.
Download the Diversity Forum Digital Program (PDF)

UW–Madison Diversity Update

PowerPoint presentation cover image showing the UW crest and the words "Diversity Update 2020, October 2020)
Download the UW–Madison Diversity Update for October 2020 (PDF)

Each year, Academic Planning and Institutional Research (APIR) compiles a presentation for the campuswide Diversity Forum, which provides an overview of available statistics on students, access and success initiatives, faculty and staff trends, climate studies, and other relevant topics.

Day 1 Sessions: Tue., Oct. 27

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Native Nations Tributes

Wisconsin First Nations | Exemplar Profile: David O’Connor

Powwow Trail: Keeping the Beat | The Ways

Visit theways.org to find more short documentary series about the Indigenous cultures and languages of the Great Lakes region from PBS Wisconsin Education.

Native November

UW–Madison will observe Native November throughout the month of November 2020. Find Native November events

Keynote Address: Seeing the Racial Water by Robin DiAngelo

Our New Inequities: Recognizing the Effects of Historic Racial Disparities During COVID-19

Reading

Speakers

  • Angela Byars Winston, Ph.D., Professor of Internal Medicine, Director of Research and Evaluation in the UW Center for Women’s Health Research, Associate Director in the Collaborative Center for Health Equity, and faculty lead in the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research
  • Jennifer Young Choe Edgoose, M.D., Associate Professor (CHS), Family Medicine & Community Health, School of Medicine & Public Health
  • Gina Green-Harris, Director, Center for Community Engagement & Health Partnerships, School of Medicine & Public Health
  • Mariela Quesada Centeno, PhD. student, Human Development & Family Studies; Maternal and Child Health Community-Based at Centro Hispano; Roots4Change Co-op Administrator
  • Melissa Metoxen, Community & Academic Support Coordinator for the Native American Center for Health Professions, School of Medicine and Public Health

Activating the Commitment to Change: History of Campus Activism

Presentation Materials

Protests History presentation (PDF)

Michael Thornton handout (PDF)

Student Inclusion Coalition video

Speakers

Stress as a Public Health Crisis: The Daily Grind of Discrimination and Racism on Campus and Beyond

Speakers

  • Claudia Marte, Mental Health Provider – Students of Color Focus, University Health Services
  • Alia Stevenson, Chief Programs Officer, Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness
  • Carl Wesley, Ed.D., President and CEO, Center for Self-Sufficiency

Town Hall – Racial Injustice in America: The Evolution Was Not Televised

UW-Madison students share their experiences

Presentation Materials

A Brief History of Systemic Racism in America presentation (PDF) – by Dr. Christy Clark-Pujara

Additional Resources

Dark Work: The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island (book) by Dr. Christy Clark-Pujara

The Untold Story of Black Suffrage in Wisconsin | Madison365

ACLU-MN Campaign for Smart Justice – The ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice is an unprecedented, multi-year effort to reduce the U.S. jail and prison population by 50% and to combat racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

Urban League of Greater Madison | Empowering Greater Madison Since 1968

Volunteer Opportunities | Urban League of Greater Madison

Donate to the UW–Madison Black Cultural Center Fund

Speakers

  • Ruben Anthony, Ph.D., President & CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison
  • Christy Clark-Pujara, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor in the Dept. of Afro-American Studies, College of Letters & Science
  • Mandela Barnes, Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
  • Jerlando F.L. Jackson, Ph.D., Vilas Distinguished Professor and Department Chair, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, School of Education
  • Elizer Darris, ACLU of Minnesota Smart Justice Campaign Organizer
  • Joshua Hargrove, Senior Associate at Tracey Wood & Associates law firm in Madison

Day 2: Wed., Oct. 28

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Keynote Address: A Conversation with Austin Channing Brown

Spoken word performances

First Wave scholar Alpha Stokes performs “Rock, Paper, Scissors”

Untitled – by Corina Robinson (PDF) – Read “Untitled” the poem performed live by First Wave scholar Corina Robinson

Learn more about the First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Learning Community

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

Austin Channing Brown

HERSTORY: Voices from Women Students of Color Pursuing Careers in STEM Fields

Speakers

  • Kudirat Alimi, computer sciences student, College of Letters & Science
  • Desiree Bates, Ph.D., Computational Chemistry Leader, Dept. of Chemistry, College of Letters & Science
  • Cheryl B. Gittens, Ed.D., Interim Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity & Inclusion, Elzie Higginbottom Vice Provost & Chief Diversity Officer
  • Eryne Jenkins, microbiology student, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • Baila Khan, public health masters student, School of Medicine and Public Health & College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • Bukky Leonard, mathematics curriculum and instruction doctoral student, School of Education
  • Angelica Lopez, biomedical engineering student, College of Engineering
  • Alexandra Villa, geoscience doctoral student, College of Letters & Science
  • Jazsmin Washington, chemical engineering student, College of Engineering

Medieval Studies Perspectives on Contemporary Racism and Cultural Encounter

Speakers

  • Andrew Cade Barrow, graduate student, English, College of Letters & Science
  • Thomas Dale, Ph.D., Professor of Medieval Art and Architecture & Director of Graduate Studies, Art History, College of Letters & Science
  • Alex Kohler, undergraduate student, Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, College of Letters & Science
  • Holly McArthur, doctoral student, German, Nordic, and Slavic+, College of Letters & Science
  • Tirumular “Drew” Narayanan, doctoral student, Art History
  • Özlem Eren, doctoral student, Art History

Ableism Interrupted

Presentation Materials

Ableism Interrupted presentation (PDF)

Additional Resources

Employee Disability Resources – UW–Madison

McBurney Disability Resource Center – UW–Madison

Speakers

  • Kate Lewandowski, Access Consultant, McBurney Disability Resource Center
  • Mari Magler, J.D., Assistant Dean and Director, McBurney Disability Resource Center
  • Patty Cisneros Prevo, Assistant Director of Inclusion & Engagement, Wisconsin Athletics

Niceness is Not Anti-Racism: How White Women Can (and Must) Step Up Their Game

Presentation Materials

Niceness is Not Anti-Racism presentation (PDF)

Additional Resources

Speakers

  • Jessi Corcoran, Resource and Narrative Development Coordinator, UW Population Health Institute
  • Nestic Morris, Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Email Jessi at jjcorc16@gmail.com or Nestic at nesticm@wcasa.org to further connect on topics or unanswered questions.

Fragility of Ability: Cripping Diversity to Enable Inclusive Action in a (Post-) COVID World

Employee Disability Resources – UW–Madison

McBurney Disability Resource Center – UW–Madison

Speakers

  • Sarah Gamalinda, doctoral student, French
  • Jennifer Gipson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, French and Italian, Folklore Program Affiliate, UW-Madison
  • Clai Schlichting, recent UW–Madison graduate
  • Brigitte Fielder, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of Letters and Sciences
  • William Winters, III, Digital Campaign Strategist and Coach

Designing an Intentional & Equitable Hiring Process

Presentation Materials

Intentional & Equitable Hiring handout (PDF)

Speakers

  • Megan Armstrong, Academic Advisor, Cross-College Advising Service
  • Brian Bischel, Assistant Director, Cross-College Advising Service
  • Jonathon Ferguson, Director, Career Exploration Center
  • Kala Grove, Coordinator for New Advisor Training, Office of Undergraduate Advising
  • Alex Mok, Assessment Coordinator, Cross-College Advising Service
  • Gayle Viney-Goers, Communications Director, Cross-College Advising Service

Witnessing Whiteness at UW–Madison

Presentation Materials

Witnessing Whiteness presentation (PDF)

Speakers

  • Emily Dickmann, Associate Director for Training & Community Building, Office of Undergraduate Advising
  • Annette McDaniel, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, School of Human Ecology

Including People with Disabilities Based on their Abilities

Presentation Materials

Accommodating People With Disabilities presentation (PDF)

Additional Resources

Employee Disability Resources – UW–Madison

McBurney Disability Resource Center – UW–Madison

Speakers

  • Julie Johnson, Data Loss Prevention, UW–Madison Information Technology
  • Laura Ogle, Privileged Access Management Admin, Office of Cybersecurity

Liars, Cheaters and Short-Haired Girls: Lessons on Gender Identity, Discrimination, Microaggressions and Beyond

Note: This session was canceled due to an emergency. Check back later for a recording of the intended presentation.

Speaker

  • Julie Minikel-Lacocque, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Department Chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, UW-Whitewater College of Education and Professional Studies

Centro Hispano-School of Education Partnership: Linguistically and culturally responsive training to increase mental health and well-being of Latinx communities

Presentation Materials

Centro Hispano-School of Education partnership grant summary (PDF)

Speakers

  • Evelyn Cruz, Director for Program Planning and Evaluation, Centro Hispano
  • Gabriella Gaus, doctoral student, Counseling Psychology
  • Stephen Quintana, Ph.D., Professor & Chair, Counseling Psychology
  • Alyssa M. Ramírez Stege, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology

Democracy, Diversity, and the American Experiment

Speakers

  • James Gavins, Creative Director, First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Learning Community
  • Chris Walker, Professor of Dance, Artistic Director of NuMoRune Collaborative, founding artistic director of the First Wave Hip Hop Theater Ensemble at UW-Madison

The Power of a Story: Bridging Our Differences Through Perspective Giving, Perspective Taking and Empathy

Presentation Materials

Power of Story presentation (PDF)

Speakers

  • Tamie Klumpyan, Program Manager, Inclusion@UW, Office of Learning and Talent Development
  • Sheridan Blanford, Director of Inclusion & Engagement, Wisconsin Athletics