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Parent Organization: University of Wisconsin - Madison

The University of Wisconsin- Madison Office of the Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer (OVPCDO) and the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement (DDEEA) is a central administrative division operating under the Provost’s Office which serves the entire campus. Founded as a full-time senior administrative role in 2008 and expanded in 2010 to include the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement, the Office of the Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer aligns with internal and external partners to assist in the development, execution, and delivery of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts institutionally. A “core team” of eight full-time professional staff facilitates OVPCDO coordination, innovation, partnership, communication, development, event, outreach, and business services efforts.

Housed within the Office of the Provost, the OVPCDO/DDEEA has a campus diversity infrastructure that aligns with internal and external partners to amplify development, execution, and delivery of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts institutionally. Since the DDEEA was founded in 2010, more than $1.8 million in new revenue was secured through external grants and gifts to support the operative mission of units within the division and more broadly the diversity priorities and goals of the campus.

The OVPCDO/DDEEA provides direct leadership to the Pre-college Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE), the UW-Madison Posse Program, Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI)/First Wave, and the Center for Educational Opportunity (CeO). In addition, it supports the efforts of the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED). As part of the collaborative dynamics of campus diversity efforts, the DDEEA also provides on-going funding support to a constellation of programs that prioritize diversity, learning, and community building. These are the campus Diversity Learning Communities, Diversity Dialogues, Theater for Cultural & Social Awareness, and Inter-Cultural Dialogues, all key partners in our efforts to create a diverse, welcome and engaged community that prepares all students for the world that we live in today. The DDEEA also provides on-going support to Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei Lab) as this new research infrastructure engages in a national and institutional research agenda to enhance access, equity, and inclusion in the academy.

The mission of the OVPCDO/DDEEA is to collaborate with campus and external partners to make progress toward the campus’s strategic diversity goals. This mission is accomplished through the seeding of new initiatives, consultative advice, and the coordination of numerous institutional initiatives, while supervising a group of key offices and programs that now constitute the DDEEA. The division leads and fosters new partnership and collaborations among students, faculty, teaching assistants, and staff as central to an inclusive environment, thereby stimulating student achievement and enriching the experiences of all members of the global UW-Madison community. In the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea, the DDEEA also influences and improves people’s lives beyond the university by championing and safeguarding diversity as an essential focus of a great public university.

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