Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

UW-Madison Institutional Statement on Diversity

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW–Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background — people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

UW-Madison Land Acknowledgement Statement

The University of Wisconsin–Madison occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land, a place their nation has called Teejop (day-JOPE) since time immemorial. In an 1832 treaty, the Ho-Chunk were forced to cede this territory. Decades of ethnic cleansing followed when both the federal and state government repeatedly, but unsuccessfully, sought to forcibly remove the Ho-Chunk from Wisconsin. This history of colonization informs our shared future of collaboration and innovation. Today, UW–Madison respects the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation, along with the eleven other First Nations of Wisconsin.

Solidarity with the APIDA Community

The Neuroscience Training Program strongly condemns the recent physical assaults of Asian-Pacific-Islander-Desi-American (APIDA) members of the UW–Madison community, and stands in solidarity with our APIDA colleagues. It is of central importance that every member of our community feels safe, valued, and supported in the lab, in the classroom, and more broadly in every aspect of their daily life. We commit to continually striving to foster and strengthen a climate in which all of us can achieve our potential as students, as scientists, and as human beings. – June 2022