What is Our Wisconsin?

Our Wisconsin is an inclusion education program that was created to raise awareness of the diversity across the UW–Madison campus and to encourage students to share their diverse perspectives to build community. The Our Wisconsin experience consists of an online module hosted on the EverFi platform, follow-up online survey, and facilitated in-person programs that center on topics of inclusion, social justice, and life at UW–Madison. All incoming, first-year, and transfer students are required to participate in the online component of Our Wisconsin. 

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

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

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