“In diversity there is beauty and there is strength." -- Maya Angelou

2017 Civil Rights Review Days

The dates for the 2017 Civil Rights Review Days have been set.  Team leaders will be contacting county offices to arrange coaching opportunities.  Reminder, visits are one-half day.  

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Building Relationships to Expand Access in Programs

A prerequisite for expanding access and having Civil Rights compliance is ensuring educational programs meet the needs and interests of people representing the demographics of the geographical area(s) you serve.  Going beyond just knowing the numbers and characteristics of those you want to reach means learning more about their cultures, realities, communities and needs.  There […]

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Racial Equity Tools

Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.

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Updated nondiscrimination statements available

A variety of updated nondiscrimination statements (EEO/AA) are now available in English, Spanish and Hmong on the Expanding Access website. Find them in the Quick Links section (EEO/AA statements) or on the History and Policy page. We are required to include some sort of a nondiscrimination statement in all our communications — including websites, email messages, and […]

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How Diversity Makes Us Smarter

An article in Scientific American, entitled “How Diversity Makes Us Smarter,” says that decades of research by organizational scientists, psychologists, sociologists, economists and demographers show that socially diverse groups (that is, those with a diversity of race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation) are more innovative than homogeneous groups.  Read the full article here.    

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UWM course: Education & Integration of Refugees in Urban America

Below is a description of a UW-Milwaukee course titled Education and Integration of Refugees.  For more information, please contact the instructor directly. Title: Education and Integration of Refugees in Urban America: EDPOL 579 Course: EDPOL 579                  Instructor: Kalyani Rai, Ph.D. Credit: 3 G/U           […]

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New data on Wisconsin’s African American population

The Applied Population Laboratory has recently completed a statewide report highlighting data on African Americans in Wisconsin.  The new report can be found here: http://www.apl.wisc.edu/publications/AfricanAmerican_Chartbook_2014.pdf The report presents demographic information on the state’s African American population.  The report relies on data from the 2010 Census and estimates from the American Community Survey (ACS) to create […]

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Curb-Cut Effect

The curb-cut is a solid (usually concrete) ramp that grades down from the top surface of a sidewalk to the surface of an adjoining street to allow someone in a wheelchair to move onto or off a sidewalk with less difficulty.  It also benefits a pedestrian when using a walker or cane, pushing a stroller […]

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Anti-bullying Resources

News reports suggest that there has been an increase in bullying across our country, often targeting those protected by civil rights laws. This disturbing trend is more often than not experienced by school-aged children, but adults are affected as well.  As Extension employees, what can we do to promote respect, civility, and inclusiveness in our […]

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Call for proposals for next Issue Corps: Diversity & Inclusion

Call for proposals due December 5, 2016 The eXtension Foundation is launching the first Issue Corps of 2017 with a call for proposals for projects on improving Diversity and Inclusion within Cooperative Extension, its partners, and the public. Proposals are due December 5, 2016. The Issue Corps experience combines virtual and face-to-face events to assist corps […]

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2017 Summer Affirmative Action Intern Program (SAAIP)

The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OEDI) is pleased to announce that UW-Extension will participate in the 2017 Summer Affirmative Action Intern Program (SAAIP), offered in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Personnel Management (DPM). SAAIP is designed to recruit college students from underrepresented groups for summer employment that will expose them to new […]

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Waking Up White – A Google+ Book Study

  Book: Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debbie Irving (2014) Moderators & Hosts: Paula Hella, Calumet Co. Family Living Educator & Diana Hammer Tscheschlok, Fond du Lac Co. CNRED Educator How: The study platform is a private-to-participants Google+ Community where we can discuss the book at our own […]

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

Reflecting the important role disability plays in workforce diversity, this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme is “#InclusionWorks.” Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. NDEAM dates back to 1945, when Congress declared the […]

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Rural Wisconsin Counties Continue to Lose Population

Read the full article and watch the video at WisCONTEXT: Among Wisconsin’s counties, the number losing population has increased since 2004, with 42 of the 72 dropping in 2012, compared to 13 in 2002. “[W]e’ve been hovering sort of in the more or less half gain, half loss situation since the Great Recession,” Egan-Robertson said. […]

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