Thursday, October 31, 2013

UWL Cited for Diversity Program, by Amanda Wallman

UW-L will be featured in the INSIGHT magazine along with 55 other recipients of the 2013 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award for diversity and inclusion.

Barbara Stewart, UW-L associate dean for Campus Climate and Diversity, says "we are very grateful for the tremendous support we receive from the campus community. Winning this award is a powerful indicator of how far we have come with regard to diversity and inclusion. But also it should motivate us as a campus community to strive to make even greater progress in the future."

UW-L focuses on the many diverse groups by embracing a broad definition of diversity on campus, including gender, age, race, ethnicity, Veterans, first generation, people with disabilities and members of the LGBTQIA community.

UW-L has TRIO programs which focus on supporting low-income students, the first in the family to attend college and people with disabilities.  UW-L also is always open to recruiting and retaining the diversity.  One example is that the university invites multicultural students annually to visit from Rufus King Middle School from the Milwaukee area.

Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, says "We hope the HEED award serves as a way to honor those institutions of higher education that recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion as part of their everyday campus culture."