Campus Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Plan

Overview

The University of Wisconsin-Superior is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment that is supportive of, and committed to, the success of all members of the population that it serves, a population that reflects the broad diversity of the human experience. This diversity includes but is not limited to differences in culture and subculture, socio-economic class, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, disability/ability, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, political and social ideologies, family background and structure, veteran status, age, and their intersections.

As members of the University of Wisconsin-Superior community, we realize that creating and maintaining such an environment will not happen by chance but must be the result of institutional and individual resolve, intentional decision- making, and the design and execution of a campus-wide plan to become a model of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

2017-2020 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Plan

Definitions

Diversity

Individual, group and social differences that can be engaged to achieve excellence in teaching, learning, research, scholarship, and administrative and support services.

These differences can include, but are not limited to:

  • Life Experiences
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Personality Type
  • Socio-Economic Status
  • Learning and Working Styles
  • Class
  • Age
  • Veterans Status
  • Gender and Gender Expression
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Country of Origin
  • Ability
  • Pedagogy
  • Intellectual Traditions and Perspectives
  • Culture
  • Political Affiliations
  • Religious Affiliation
  • Education

Every individual is a necessary asset, and we demonstrate this every day in our policies, practices, and operating procedure

Inclusion

The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect—in ways that fosters a sense of belonging, increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions.

Equity

The creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented populations to have equal access to and participate in educational programs that are capable of closing the achievement gaps in student success and completion.