University of Wisconsin–Madison
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Diversity Links

One of the greatest things about Madison is that it is so diverse both ethnically and culturally. This is partially due to the influx of large numbers of foreign students and also ethnically diverse populations from around the US. The university attracts over 4000 students from over 114 countries world-wide. Our restaurants range from Jamaican to Hmong to Nepalese. Many festivals and events also enrich our exciting city culture.  In addition, Madison is conveniently located close to Milwaukee (1hr.),Chicago (2hrs.) and Minneapolis (3.5hrs). We encourage you to check out what Madison has to offer.


Numerous Madison events are listed on in the city’s free newspaper, The Isthmus, and on Madison Verve, an online city events calendar.  In addition, the UW-Madison Memorial Union has numerous campus events listed. The Memorial Union is the social, cultural and recreational center of campus. The Union also links the campus to the community by offering world-class performances at theWisconsin Union Theater, hundreds of non-credit Mini Courses, Hoofers outdoor recreation programs, and nearly 1000 events annually including prominent lecturers, films, and music. Through its tradition of providing exceptional programs and services combined with an open, welcoming environment, the Union creates lifetime connections to the University, one person at a time.

Armory (Red Gym) during summer with the Memorial Union Terrace and Lake Mendota in the foreground.
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Madison Diversity Resources

Genetics_Inclusive Teaching Guidelines

Madison Ethnic Events
UW-Madison Diversity Office
UW-Madison Division of International Studies
Bayview Neighborhood (The International Neighborhood)

Black & African
African Association of Madison
UW-Madison African Studies Program
Umoja Magazine
Urban League of Madison

Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired

Sons of Norway
Italian Workmen’s Club
Finnish-American Society of Madison
Polish-American Club of Madison
Celtic Community of Madison

Centro Hispano of Dane County
Community Action on Latin America

Jewish Federation of Madison

New Harvest Foundation-LGBT community

Native American
Wunk Sheek
AISES Chapter, UW-Madison
American Indian Studies Program
American Indian Events on the UW-Madison campus

Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs

UW-Madison STEM Diversity Programs & Outreach
Posse Program
UW-Madison SACNAS Chapter
UW-Madison MANRRS Chapter
Science Outreach
Darwin Day

National Organizations & Programs

Campus Programs, Initiatives, and Partnerships 
Center for Educational Opportunity
Office for Equity and Diversity
Creating Community
Delta Bridging the Achievement Gap Project (PDF)
Faculty Strategic Hiring Initiative and Guidelines for Ensuring Faculty Diversity

Campus Policies and Reports
Domestic Partnership Policy
Madison Commitment: UW–Madison reaffirmation of its commitment to diversity, 1994
Plan 2008 UW System: UW System’s first ten-year diversity plan, 1998
Madison Plan: UW–Madison’s first comprehensive diversity plan

Campus resources 
Academic Staff Mentoring Program
Campus Child Care
LGBT Campus Center
CIC Women in Science and Engineering Panel
CIC Women’s Advocacy Network
Committee on Women in the University
Employee Assistance, Office of
UW System Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Women Faculty Mentoring Program