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2017 Diversity Forum – Together: Building Cultural Capacity

November 7, 2017 @ 8:00 am - November 8, 2017 @ 5:00 pm CST


While this year’s Annual Diversity Forum is currently at capacity, seats for viewing the discussion on the Campus Climate Survey Task Force Report will be available in The Marquee, near Varsity Hall on the second floor of Union South. (See the Diversity Forum Schedule)




 for Day 1: November 7

Walter Echo-Hawk, keynote speaker for the 2017 UW-Madison Diversity Forum.
Walter Echo-Hawk, keynote speaker for the 2017 UW-Madison Diversity Forum.

 Walter Echo-Hawk is a Native American attorney, tribal judge, author, activist, and law professor. He represents Indian tribes on important legal issues, such as treaty rights, water rights, religious freedom, prisoner rights, and repatriation rights. His career spans the pivotal years when Indian tribes reclaimed their land, sovereignty, and pride in a stride toward freedom.

As a Native American rights attorney since 1973, Walter worked at the epicenter of a great social movement alongside visionary tribal leaders, visited tribes in indigenous habitats throughout North America, and was instrumental in the passage of landmark laws—such as, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (1990) and the American Indian Religious Freedom Act Amendments (1994).

He litigated in many of the epic struggles and has written extensively about the rise of modern Indian nations as a Native American author with first-hand experience, such as his groundbreaking book, In the Courts of the Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided (2010) .


Tuesday breakout sessions will include:

  • Supporting American Muslim Students in 2017
  • Words Matter: Developing Meaningful Conversations Around Microaggressions
  • Tokenism in Disguise: Reclaiming Individualism
  • Campus Climate Survey Task Force Report
  • Start from Within Meditation Workshop
  • Food for Thought: A Look into Food Insecurity in Dane County
  • Forward in Access: Creating Inclusive Environments for Students with Disabilities
  • Our Wisconsin: Creating Campus Culture from Day One

Our Day 2, Wednesday, November 8, training workshops are filled. We thank everyone who is on the waiting list for your patience.

The DDEEA will be collecting non-perishable goods (including, but not limited to: canned and pre-packaged food, toiletry and first-aid items, money, and school supplies) in partnership with Open Seat during our Diversity Forum festivities on November 7th and 8th. Bring something to donate, and pay it forward!


*Coming December 4: Our UW Training for 2nd & 3rd Shift Employees



November 7, 2017 @ 8:00 am CST
November 8, 2017 @ 5:00 pm CST
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