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UW Board of Regents announces 2024 Diversity Awards


Educators at UW-Green Bay, UW-Stout, and UW-Whitewater recognized for work to support student success

MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will honor the recipients of the 16th annual Regents’ Diversity Awards on February 9 in Madison at the next Regents meeting. These awards recognize individuals and programs that foster access and success for students who are members of historically underrepresented populations. Each recipient is awarded $7,500 to support professional development or continue the program being honored...

Award recipients were selected using the following criteria:
  • Sustainable positive impact on equity and diversity, leading to positive institutional change.

  • Accountability demonstrated through routine assessment and feedback to promote forward movement on equity and diversity goals.

  • Intersections across multiple dimensions of diversity.

  • Collaborations with other units, departments, or communities – within the university and beyond.
The 2024 recipients are:
Christine Smith, Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, UW-Green Bay...

Provost Glendalí Rodríguez, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, UW-Stout...

Campus Garden Program, UW-Whitewater...

The committee also recognizes the important contributions of this year’s other nominees:...

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Urban League honors equity, inclusion commitment in Milwaukee


MILWAUKEE - The Greater Milwaukee Urban League honored on Monday, Feb. 19 those who made a commitment to equity and inclusion.

The Urban League`s annual "Equal Opportunity Day` luncheon was held at Milwaukee`s Pfister Hotel Monday. FOX6`s Aaron Maybin was the emcee for the event.

The luncheon featured a panel discussion on 2023 milestones with Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley, Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson and Attorney John Daniels, Jr.

Urban League officials said the event was about recognizing a variety of people.

Attorney Daniels, Jr. also received the Whitney Young Jr. Award. It is the highest honor given by the Urban League and honors the life and legacy of Young, the longtime national Urban League president...
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Building a more inclusive retail community in Wisconsin


Over 200 entrepreneurs from across Wisconsin gathered at the Pfister Hotel on Monday for a day of education and collaboration hosted by Meijer.

MILWAUKEE — Over 200 entrepreneurs from across Wisconsin gathered at the Pfister Hotel on Monday for a day of education and collaboration.

The event, hosted by Meijer was called the “Roadmap to Retail” education program. Entrepreneurs were invited to show off their products, receive feedback, and learn from professionals.

Bobby Warren, Meijer’s Milwaukee market director, said this is a way to build a more inclusive and thriving retail community.

“When I arrived in Milwaukee, I realized we didn’t have a very local footprint. This is collaborating and partnering with local businesses to see about getting their products on our shelves,” Warren smiled...


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Islamic STEM Association launches to empower Muslim students in STEM fields at UW


ISA to highlight intersections between STEM disciplines, Islam, organizers say

The Islamic STEM Association has joined the list of Registered Student Organizations  at the University of Wisconsin this spring. Co-founded by Khadijah Dhoondia and Norah Alsharif, ISA is designed to uplift Muslim students in STEM fields and conduct conversations centered around the intersection of science and theology.

“[Our goal is] to find unity between those two identities,” Alsharif said. “One of the reasons why we have this organization is to deliver resources to college students, but it’s also a way to support the next generation, not only the people who are involved in STEM right now but [others who] are also thinking about it.”...



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Minnesota/Wisconsin Rank in Top 20 for Minority Entrepreneurs


A new list was just released ranking the top states for minority entrepreneurs, and Minnesota and Wisconsin made the top 20.

The list was compiled by Lendio, a platform used to connect small businesses with lenders, they used a variety of data points including small business loan accessibility, entrepreneurship rates, job growth, and income equality, to determine the top states for minority-owned businesses...


A new list was just released ranking the top states for minority entrepreneurs, and Minnesota and Wisconsin made the top 20.

The list was compiled by Lendio, a platform used to connect small businesses with lenders, they used a variety of data points including small business loan accessibility, entrepreneurship rates, job growth, and income equality, to determine the top states for minority-owned businesses.



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A new list was just released ranking the top states for minority entrepreneurs, and Minnesota and Wisconsin made the top 20.

The list was compiled by Lendio, a platform used to connect small businesses with lenders, they used a variety of data points including small business loan accessibility, entrepreneurship rates, job growth, and income equality, to determine the top states for minority-owned businesses.



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A new list was just released ranking the top states for minority entrepreneurs, and Minnesota and Wisconsin made the top 20.

The list was compiled by Lendio, a platform used to connect small businesses with lenders, they used a variety of data points including small business loan accessibility, entrepreneurship rates, job growth, and income equality, to determine the top states for minority-owned businesses.



Read More: Minnesota/Wisconsin Rank in Top 20 for Minority Entrepreneurs | https://b105country.com/ixp/164/p/minnesota-wisconsin-rank-top-20-states-minority-entrepreneurs/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral

A new list was just released ranking the top states for minority entrepreneurs, and Minnesota and Wisconsin made the top 20.

The list was compiled by Lendio, a platform used to connect small businesses with lenders, they used a variety of data points including small business loan accessibility, entrepreneurship rates, job growth, and income equality, to determine the top states for minority-owned businesses.



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2024 Black History Month: `African Americans and the Arts` in Wisconsin`s Black community


February is Black History Month and WISN 12 News is celebrating

Black History Month, observed each February, commemorates African American contributions to American history.

It started as "Negro History Week" by Carter G. Woodson in 1915, 50 years after slavery ended. It expanded to a month-long celebration in 1976 and has been recognized by every U.S. president since then.

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WISN 12 is celebrating black history throughout the month of February with important stories recognizing key players, critical moments, and the impact on our community...



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The Morning Show / Black media in Wisconsin


Black media led the abolitionist and civil rights movements and continue to have a strong presence in Wisconsin and the country. A talk show host, a newspaper editor and the director of a national advocacy group share their perspectives about the importance and future of Black media...

You can listen to this segment at the link!
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MLK Symposium Inspires Renewed Commitment to Civic Engagement, Honoring the Legacy of the Late Civil Rights Leader


The annual 2024 MLK Symposium at UW–Madison took place with a sense of urgency and an air of renewed commitment, as speakers and participants alike spoke of the need to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words and heed his call for vigilance in the fight for social justice. At a time when those seeking to advance diversity, equity and inclusion are facing many challenges, the need for everyone to play a part in creating a welcoming environment for all was a theme throughout the event. More than 350 guests were in attendance at Wisconsin Union Theater’s Shannon Hall, with an additional 150-plus people viewing the event online.

The symposium, co-hosted by UW–Madison’s Student Affairs and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement (DDEEA) in partnership with the Wisconsin Union Theater, celebrates King’s legacy and each year features a speaker who reflects upon how his teachings have informed that person’s work or life experience...

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Black women are six times more likely to be killed than white women, data reveals


In the U.S., Black adult women are six times more likely to be killed than their white counterparts, troubling new data reveals.

A paper published Thursday in The Lancet medical journal analyzed homicide rates of Black women ages 25 to 44 across 30 states. The data was collected between 1999 and 2020 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics System. 

Homicides were classified in this study as death by shooting, piercing, cutting and other forms of violence. Racial disparities varied among states; in Wisconsin, for example, Black women were 20 times more likely to be killed than white women. Black women living in Midwestern and Northeastern states were also more likely to be killed by a firearm, the paper found.

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The DOJ Is Working With a Wisconsin Sheriff to Improve How Deputies Communicate With People Who Don’t Speak English


A ProPublica investigation in Wisconsin’s Dane County revealed how a grammatical mistake in Spanish led sheriff’s deputies to wrongly blame a Nicaraguan dairy worker for his son’s death.

The inability of police to communicate with immigrants who don’t speak English has long created problems, sometimes with tragic consequences. Those obstacles can inhibit crime victims from calling law enforcement for help and make it difficult for investigators to solve crimes.

But as part of an initiative by the Biden administration, the U.S. Department of Justice is pushing law enforcement agencies to better serve people who don’t speak proficient English...


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Donna Brazile and Ana Novarro to speak at UW-Stevens Point


Donna Brazile, former chair of the Democratic Party, and Republican strategist Ana Novarro will come to UW-Stevens Point, April 8, for a conversation moderated by Wisconsin Public Radio’s Rob Mentzer. The event, titled The Health of American Democracy in a Polarized World, is sponsored by the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership and is presented by the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service (WIPPS) and UW-Stevens Point.

With years of political expertise and media experience under their belts, Brazile and Navarro are seasoned analysts and are among the best political commentators on television today.  Despite hailing from opposing political parties, these pundits join forces to speak truth to power and provide honest, blunt, and humorous commentary on the American political landscape...

April 8 at 7 p.m

Laird Room at the Dreyfus University Center

1015 Reserve St., 

Stevens Point, WI


Attendees may also access the event via Zoom by registering here.



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Here’s where you can celebrate Black History Month in Milwaukee


Black History Month in February offers everyone the chance to learn about, honor and celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans locally and beyond.

Here are some events you should know about...

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Conference Updates


Toward One Wisconsin 2024
A Conference on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Conference Theme: Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers
May 7-8, 2024
Pablo Center at the Confluence
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Virtual attendance options available
Learn more at t1w.org

The Toward One Wisconsin Conference began with a mission to foster and sustain a statewide culture that understands that diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to the state’s continued excellence.

Since the first conference in 2019, T1W has brought together thousands of attendees from diverse backgrounds to have broad ranging conversations around the work of DEI and how to move from talk to action.

View the Toward One Wisconsin 2023 Conference Recap

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World Hijab Day: Celebrating the diversity of the hijab


I began to wear the hijab when I was around 17 years old, albeit I wore it on and off throughout my teenage years — but it was after wearing it for the month of Ramadan that I decided to keep it on.

On the contrary to what some people expect, I was the first in my immediate family to start wearing it. I attended an Islamic school for over ten years and enjoyed studying my faith.

I found Islam as a way to escape manmade expectations of what a ‘successful’ person looks like — I wanted to be successful in both this world and the next.

Having a relationship with God and working on my personal development brought me closer to prayer, and of course, when we pray, we cover our heads, further perpetuating my decision to wear the hijab full-time.

So as a British Muslim woman, working in the fashion industry and choosing to cover my head, being able to celebrate a day that cements this decision with my fellow hijab-wearing women is a beautiful feeling...

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Celebration kicks off Black History Month at UWM


UWM kicked off its celebration of Black History Month with an event in the concourse of the Student Union.

The event featured live music by Milwaukee’s B~Free and the Quinten Farr Duo, cheesecake from Baked Dreams Creations, crafts, a vendor fair featuring Milwaukee Black-owned businesses and more.

The kickoff was just the start of a four weeks of Black History Month events across campus...



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School of Education launches project to elevate Latinx communities


Project hopes to raise awareness of impact of Latinx communities on Wisconsin economy

A Latinx history project, launched Feb. 1 through the University of Wisconsin School of Education, plans to create a digital archive of scholarly documents on Latinx communities in Wisconsin, according to the School of Education website. The project aims to elevate voices in Latinx communities and provide educational resources for teachers, according to the website.

Co-leader of the Wisconsin Latinx History Collective Andrea-Teresa Arenas said the project focuses on the oral history of Latinx communities in a wide spectrum of occupations. 

The research data is meant to be accessible and free to the public, Arenas said. The oral histories and archive collections will go online at the Wisconsin Historical Society...


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UW alumni shine on 2023 Most Influential Black Leaders list


Fifteen Badgers, including current middle school principal, Upper House hospitality manager honored on Madison365 list

Madison365’s 2023 list of the 51 Most influential Black Leaders in the state of Wisconsin for 2023 includes 15 University of Wisconsin Badgers, according to UW’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion department.

The 2023 version is the ninth annual Most Influential Black Leaders list and had over 200 nominations, according to Madison365. Madison365 CEO Henry Sanders said the goal of the list is to highlight Black role models in Wisconsin to inspire the future generation.

“… that’s what this list is all about, introducing you to those people you may not know,” Sanders said on Madison365. “Every year, I’ve intended these lists to highlight the beauty of the diversity across our state. I want kids here in Wisconsin to see role models of people who are succeeding, to know that it’s possible for people of color to achieve great things here.”
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Reach Out and Read Wisconsin starting Mirrors and Windows Project for Diverse book choices for kids


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -A national nonprofit dedicated to sharing the benefits of reading out loud to children is receiving a generous donation. It will help medical clinics introduce diverse book choices to kids across the country, here in Wisconsin and some in central Wisconsin.

It’s called the Mirrors and Windows project. American author and philanthropist Mackenzie Scott gave a total of $400,000 to Reach Out and Read. Almost $45,000 of that money will be used to establish Mirrors and Windows in our state. DeDe Williams is the Executive Director for Reach Out and Read in Wisconsin. She says each clinic will receive bundles of 10 to 15 diverse books to share with their youngest patients. The goal is for kids to learn about a wide range of people and cultures and see themselves in stories...

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Resource Links...


Our resource links continue to grow and were taking up a lot of space in the weekly news letter so we moved them here or at the story link.

Please send us resources, reports, funding opportunities, best practice ideas, and other materials that may help your peers in their DEI journey. We will continue to expand this catalogue of tools and now will be able to include more details about each one...

 


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Beyond Boundaries: DEI Talks


Every month, we dive headfirst into the hot topics and burning questions surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion. It`s where ideas collide, perspectives expand, and innovation ignites. These monthly virtual gatherings break the mold and redefining the way we connect in the DEI universe.

Through this Zoom link
or by 
Adding the event to your Outlook Calendar.

“I would like to say, I have learned so much tonight, and I mean from everyone and their stories and their ideas from a very diverse point of view. I love it. Thank you all very much”


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About T1W Network and T1W News


Organizers of Toward One Wisconsin Conference (T1W), an annual conference on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), have announced the launch of the T1W Newsletter, Website, and Member Network.


News.T1W.org (the weekly newsletter) is a collection of articles, events, and original content, from across the State and Nation on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. We are attempting to keep you informed, archive best practices and promote events that further this cause in the State. Of course the culmination of our efforts is the annual T1W Conference.


In addition to a weekly newsletter featuring DEI news and updates, members have the ability to connect with other professionals, as well as share updates on what they are doing to move the needle on DEI issues in their communities, businesses or organizations.


The Newsletter is sent to between 1,500 and 2,000 individuals each week. While anyone may subscribe for free at the Website, we have worked hard to add DEI Professionals, Government Officials, Business Leaders and Press Outlets to our database. We have an open rate in excess of 40% (well above industry standards) and a substantial number of click-throughs to the original articles or resources. 


We keep all of our articles in a searchable database so that older stories can be recalled months or years after they were first published. This allows us to maintain a best practices resource by exploring what others in the State have done before. 


We also aggregate a permanent collection of resources from across the state and nation. These will allow DEI professionals to see what others have done, review resource materials, share ideas, and expand the resources they make available to their own members. 


The Toward One Wisconsin Conference began with a mission to foster and sustain a statewide culture that understands that diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to the state’s continued excellence. Since the first conference in 2019, T1W has brought together thousands of attendees from diverse backgrounds to have broad ranging conversations around the work of DEI and how to move from talk to action.


“It’s incredibly important that this work doesn’t stop once the conference is over each year,” said T1W organizer, Eric Giordano. “The T1W Network will allow those interested in DEI to stay up to date, engaged, and connected to what others are doing.”


Members are encouraged to submit updates, articles, and stories on the work that they are doing. These articles will then be shared on the T1W Network website and newsletter.


Wherever you are on your Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) journey, there’s something for you at Toward One Wisconsin.  Whether you’re just starting out and overwhelmed, or you’re a leading activist in your community, this conference and the T1W network will provide best practices, insights and implementation tools to help you take the next steps. Across all sectors of business and life in Wisconsin, parallel efforts are underway to prioritize DEI. We may be in different places based on the diversity of our experiences, but we’re all traveling the same journey: Toward One Wisconsin.



Email us at:

Newsletter Editors

Ken Harwood
Advocating for Wisconsin
Ken  [at] KenHarwood.com
608.334.2174

Luke Rudolph
WIPPS Marketing Communication Coordinator
lrudolph [at] uwsa.edu
715-212-0537

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