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Our Wisconsin

Our Wisconsin is an inclusion education program created to raise awareness of the diversity within our student population and to encourage an environment in which students are free to share their experiences and identities.


Historically, Our Wisconsin has been an in-person workshop taking place in the university residence halls. Beginning in Fall 2020 Our Wisconsin will be a two part, online interactive module. Additional in-person opportunities to engage with programming about diversity, inclusion and social justice will also be available.

Chancellor Blank standing with Bucky the badger next to the Bucky statue dressed in a cap and gown for graduation.

As we introduce new students to Our Wisconsin, we are introducing them to their new home at UW and in the dorms and to the expectations we have for our community. As I have said many times in this space, a top priority of mine is that we have a campus where all students feel welcomed, valued, and supported.

-Rebecca Blank, UW-Madison Chancellor, 2013-2022

Inclusion education

The goal of inclusion education is to raise awareness of the diversity within our student population, and to encourage an environment in which students are free to share their experiences and identities. Inclusion education is the engine behind the Our Wisconsin program, which is a required training on diversity and inclusion for incoming first-year students.

Workshops

About the training


The Our Wisconsin experience consists of a required online inclusion course, follow-up online survey, and additional in-person programming opportunities.  Our Wisconsin’s aim is to improve the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s campus climate.

Learning outcomes

  1. Participants will learn about social identities and build awareness of how personal and systemic actions impact individuals’ experiences.
  2. Participants will make connections between systems of power, privilege, and oppression and the impact on individuals and communities.
  3. Participants will develop strategies for engaging in dialogue and action to build an inclusive campus.

I liked how we started as individuals, and by the end of the workshop we became a community.

-Student participant

Facilitation

Even though I wasn’t comfortable sharing all of my identities it [the workshop] made me more comfortable with myself and it showed that I am not alone, and that my house is more diverse than it may seem at first glance.

-Student participant

FAQs

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Who has to take the program?

All incoming degree-seeking undergraduate students-including first-year and transfer students- must complete the online Our Wisconsin program. Other student groups and organizations will have the opportunity to engage in the Our Wisconsin online program and in-person programs as well.

How much time will it take me to complete the online program?

The online Our Wisconsin program Part 1 will take approximately 60-90 minutes to complete while Part 2 will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The module contains several activities and concepts that may be new or require reflection. We suggest that students take breaks between sections and complete the program over a period of time that allows for reflection and processing. The program will automatically save your place in the module.

When do I need to have the program completed?

  • Part 1 of the program must be completed by Thursday, August 25, 2022 and takes approximately 60-90 minutes to complete.
  • Part 2 will automatically show up in your Canvas 45 days after you complete Part 1. You will receive an email to complete Part 2, which takes approximately 15 minutes to complete, and is due November 14, 2022.

It says the program is mandatory now. What does that mean?

The Our Wisconsin program is required for all incoming degree-seeking undergraduate students-including first-year and transfer students. Failure to complete the Our Wisconsin program will result in a hold on your academic record for registration the following semester. You will not be permitted to register for Spring 2023 until you complete Our Wisconsin.

If I have questions or concerns about the program, who should I contact?

Students can reach out to ourwisc@studentaffairs.wisc.edu at any time with questions and concerns.

How are you tracking who has completed the program?

Incoming degree-seeking undergraduate first-year and transfer students will be auto-enrolled to the Our Wisconsin course in Canvas, which will track students progress and completion of the course.

I went through the in-person workshops a while ago. Is this different? Do I need to go through it again?

Beginning in the Fall 2020 semester the Our Wisconsin program will be different than the in-person workshop offered in previous years. The Our Wisconsin program is now an online module that is mandatory for incoming degree-seeking undergraduate students-including first-year and transfer students. If you are not an incoming degree-seeking undergraduate student then you do not have to complete the new Our Wisconsin program.

Can my staff, student organization, or program take the Our Wisconsin module? How can I sign them up to participate in Our Wisconsin?

Yes, learners who are not incoming undergraduate first-year and transfer students can still participate in the Our Wisconsin program. Contact us at ourwisc@studentaffairs.wisc.edu and we can work with you to have your group go through the course.

Where can I learn about the accessibility of Our Wisconsin?

Please review Diversity & Inclusion Training Accessibility & Usability Information (Students) KB for accessibility information about Our Wisconsin. For additional support and accommodation requests, email ourwisc@studentaffairs.wisc.edu