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Diversity Forum

For the past 20 years, the UW–Madison Diversity Forum has been the university’s premier all-campus and community platform to discuss, share and learn about contemporary issues on diversity and inclusion.

Hosted by the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement (DDEEA), the Diversity Forum is a two-day, conference-style event that is free and open to the public. Each fall the Forum attracts more than 1,000 participants from the campus and greater community.

The goal of the Diversity Forum is to

  • update attendees with the latest knowledge and research in the diversity and inclusion fields,
  • educate them about perspectives and best practices for equity and social justice, and
  • activate attendees so they go on to make positive changes in the world.

Attendees get the chance to hear from authors, community organizers, activists, researchers and others working in the areas of diversity, equity, social justice and inclusion, as well as participate in engaging workshops and small group discussions to further their personal and professional growth and development and find new ways to make a positive impact on the world around them.

"As a person of color, working in a predominantly white university is intimidating and sometimes difficult. Getting the opportunity to have events like this one that educate others and make them reflect on their privilege is necessary. This made me feel like others could be more educated about the struggles we have and find ways to be allies in the work place. I really loved all of the topics covered and how well this was planned."

“I learned many things including how to begin the process of challenging my own thoughts, values and ingrained personnel bias. The sessions I attended will lead to some soul searching. This is something I welcome. Thanks to all who organized these events.”

20 years of history

A person gestures and speaks while standing in front of a large, seated audience.The Diversity Forum has been a campus tradition for more than two decades. The event builds upon more than 50 years of history of UW–Madison working to create and promote initiatives designed to make the university a more globally inclusive institution, prepare leaders for a changing world and conduct cutting edge research.

Learn more about the legacy of the Diversity Forum on our History page, or jump to a particular year at the links below.