Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Fostering an Inclusive Community

Diversity and inclusion are core values of the University of Wisconsin–Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS). We strive to make our climate the best it can be for all students, faculty and staff, and we are committed to offering an excellent learning and work environment.

The CALS Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) seeks to cultivate connection within CALS and our broader community by promoting a greater understanding of DEI and expanding knowledge to grow individual and collective capacity leading to measurable change.

UW–Madison Diversity Statement

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.

Learn more about Diversity at UW-Madison.

UW–Madison Land Acknowledgement

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.

Learn more at Our Shared Future.

Help Grow CALS DEI Initiatives

Support our programs with a charitable gift directed to the CALS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fund (112040135) at the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association.