Inclusive Excellence

At UW-Stout, diversity makes us stronger.
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Inclusive Excellence is a UW System planning process aimed at creating a set of initiatives to achieve an integrated set of goals surrounding diversity. In particular, Inclusive Excellence:

  • Employs a dual focus in diversity efforts, concentrating on both increasing compositional diversity and creating learning environments in which students of all backgrounds can thrive;
  • Requires a more comprehensive, widespread level of engagement and commitment ensuring that every student fulfills their educational potential;
  • Places the mission of diversity at the center of institutional life so that it becomes a core organizing principle around which institutional decisions are made;
  • Calls for a close attentiveness to the student experience itself including the impact of race and ethnicity, and the influence of physical ability, sexual orientation, gender expression, socioeconomic background, and first-generation status on their learning experiences; and 
  • Demands that the ideals of diversity and excellence be pursued as the interconnected and interdependent goals they are.

UW-Stout is a community committed to this process, whose aim is to cultivate an environment fostering and promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accountability at every level of university life. We value diversity intrinsically and for the benefits it brings to our community. We strive to create learning environments in which students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds can thrive and fulfill their academic, personal, and professional potential in an increasingly diverse global environment.

The UW System and UW-Stout are inclusive of diversity in areas including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Age
  • Ancestry
  • Arrest or conviction record
  • Color
  • Disability
  • Gender identity or expression
  • Genetic testing
  • Marital status
  • National origin
  • Political affiliation
  • Pregnancy
  • Race
  • Religion or creed
  • Sexual orientation
  • Veterans' status or military membership
  • Use or nonuse of lawful products off the employer's premises during nonworking hours

Diversity Events

SHIFT Into Personal Leadership

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM - Memorial Student Center: This workshop provides greater awareness and certainty of how to determine the best course of action, when working with intercultural difference! The Intercultural Personal LeaderSHIFT framework guides individuals in creating a map to determine the best course of action for that individual in that circumstance. Through this workshop, participants strengthen their understanding of their own values and goals, then apply that understanding. Decision-making based on one's own ideals can boost confidence and add clarity to times of personal and professional transition. (MSC Birchwood)

Diversity Tools for Supervisors

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM - Memorial Student Center: This is an interactive session where we will review UW-Stout’s values on diversity and inclusion, the Diversity Toolkit for Supervisors who evaluate University Staff and get tips on how to encourage staff to get involved in diversity and inclusion initiatives on campus.

Start Some Shift!

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM - Memorial Student Center: This interactive workshop will present an overview of the campus goals related to diversity and inclusion and why it matters in our everyday lives. Learn the eight steps to inclusion and how to support intercultural development across campus. The session qualifies you to take the IDI assessment, which generates specific, individualized suggestions on how to expand intercultural competence and improve the campus climate.

Start Some Shift!

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM - Memorial Student Center: This interactive workshop will present an overview of the campus goals related to diversity and inclusion and why it matters in our everyday lives. Learn the eight steps to inclusion and how to support intercultural development across campus. The session qualifies you to take the IDI assessment, which generates specific, individualized suggestions on how to expand intercultural competence and improve the campus climate.

SHIFT: Creating a healthy workplace through inclusive practices.

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM - Memorial Student Center: This interactive workshop will explore ways that being more inclusive and culturally competent helps support a healthy workplace. It will show how supervisors and co-workers can contribute to the wellbeing of all, and explore some best practices in the field of work-life balance. Registration is required.

SHIFT into Personal Leadership

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM - Memorial Student Center: With Intercultural Personal LeaderSHIFT, each participant strengthens their understanding of their own values and goals, then applies that understanding. In this session you create a personalized map to determine your best course of action in any situation. Decision-making based on your own ideals can boost confidence and add clarity to times of personal and professional transition. When working with intercultural difference, this process leads to greater awareness and certainty of how to determine your best course of action! Oakwood Room.

10 Easy Ways to Support Diversity@Stout and beyond

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM - Memorial Student Center: Even those of us who overcame tremendous cultural barriers to achieve our current positions have some privilege. In this interactive workshop, learn to go beyond just “checking your privilege” – checklist it! Discover 10 ways you can apply whatever kind of privilege you have to transform opportunity into equity. Learn productive and enjoyable ways to burst your privilege bubble and create a more inclusive climate wherever you go! Oakwood Room.

Speaking SHIFT: Intercultural Communication

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM - Memorial Student Center: Good communication is crucial to success at work and at home. Collaboration improves when people understand one another, but how each person interprets a set of words can vary widely. In this interactive workshop, learn about common sources of misunderstandings and breakdowns, and how to be heard, understood, and reflect more effectively when speaking with people whose cultural backgrounds are different from your own. Oakwood room.

SHIFT into Learning Gear: Teaching for Equity

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM - Memorial Student Center: How does an instructor’s home culture and personal preferences affect student learning? English Language Learners, first-generation students, students from diverse cultures, and others have different expectations and different needs in the classroom. In this interactive workshop, learn techniques that create equitable learning experiences, feel fair to more students, and do not overload instructors’ course prep or grading time. Learn how developing intercultural competence improves your effectiveness in the classroom. Oakwood Room.

Diversity and Double Consciousness, from DuBois to You

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM - Memorial Student Center: SHIFT! This Fall’s campus-wide read, DuBois’ The Souls of Black Folk, introduces the idea of Double Consciousness, a divided view of the self that can lead to a fractured identity for members of minority populations. When one no longer sees from just one perspective, such “two-ness” may be as disorienting as double vision. It also can expand a person’s awareness. In this interactive seminar, learn more about Double Consciousness and ways that your own intersectional identities can develop a more inclusive workplace. ** Feel free to attend even before you read the book! **Oakwood Room

SHIFT: Intercultural Conflict Styles

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM - Memorial Student Center: In our increasingly multicultural community, success depends more and more upon a person’s ability to recognize and respond effectively to cultural conflicts. This interactive workshop proves practical tools to heighten awareness and help effectively manage and resolve conflicts. Improve your understanding of how culture impacts people’s responses to conflict. MSC Oakwood Room.

Parenting with Movies and Personal Leadership

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM - Memorial Student Center: Do you sometimes wish Mary Poppins would pop your child(ren) out of the house and into sidewalk pictures? Tap into a hidden cache of supercalafragalisticexpialadociousness by learning how and why your Mary Poppins works her magic. Help your kid develop their own personal Inside Out control panel. When people direct their “reel” selves, everyone plays a more positive role in the family’s Neverending Story! Oakwood Room.

SHIFT into Something More Comfortable: Gender, Orientation, Identity and Intercultural Competence

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM - Memorial Student Center: From opening doors to coming out as trans, mainstream ideas about gender are more complicated than ever! Is it correct to call one person they? What difference does gender make in the workplace? How do you know whether a person is gay, queer or straight? Can a gender queer person be straight? Get more comfortable with sexual orientation and gender in this active learning workshop! Oakwood Room.

SHIFT into Personal Leadership

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM - Memorial Student Center: In intercultural Personal LeaderSHIFT, participants strengthen their understanding of their own values and goals, then apply that understanding. When faced with intercultural difference, uncertainty and change, people can use the framework they created as they determine the best way forward. Decision-making based on one’s own ideals can boost confidence and add clarity to times of personal and professional transition. Please plan so that you can stay for the full two hours. Oakwood Room.

SHIFT: Bystander Intervention and Reflection

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM - Memorial Student Center: What is an effective response to an insensitive remark from a well-intentioned person? Useful ways to call someone up instead of calling them out! Defuse the situation in ways that support awareness, sensitivity and inclusivity. Advance your own practice. Experience + reflection = deep learning. This interactive workshop presents a system for response and effective reflection, which is key to transforming experience into intercultural competence. For some, this seminar is just in time for the holidays! Birch Room.

Holiday SHIFT: Living your values

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM - Memorial Student Center: Is New Year’s Eve a time for revelry or reflection? Do people in your family have differing ideas about nia (“purpose”), about “the reason for the season,” or about latkes versus hamentashen? And now who (?!) is coming to dinner? Determine your best way forward by treating others’ ideas respectfully while remaining steadfast and connected to your own values and goals. During times of personal and professional stress, decision-making based on one’s ideals can boost confidence and add clarity to each day – and that’s a reason to rejoice! Oakwood room.

Caring for Aging Parents: Personal LeaderSHIFT

5:30 PM to 7:30 PM - Memorial Student Center: Whether or not you have kids that still need parenting, now your parents need you too? Join the sandwich generation with PJ SAVERR -- it’s not just a box for fresh sandwiches! Participants in this interactive seminar deepen their understanding of their own values and goals, then apply that knowledge. The resulting framework maps your best way through the maze of health challenges, generational differences, and change. In times of uncertainty, decision-making based on your ideals and on research data can boost confidence, add clarity, and extend your freshness and expiration date! Birch Room