Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OEDI)

A Statement of School of Education Diversity Values and Commitments

The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education seeks to promote equity, diversity and inclusion by reducing barriers to access, increasing the demographic diversity of our faculty, staff and students, and encouraging scholarship, teaching and service that embraces and engages the full measure of the diversity of our society. The School of Education recognizes that our desire to be an anti-racist, unbiased and inclusive academic community is ongoing and involves shared commitment, responsibility, action and accountability. We believe that diversity, equity, inclusion, and inclusive excellence, the four essential pillars of our approach to generating positive and lasting change, build upon our scholarship and the School’s reputation as a leading educational institution.

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School of Education and COVID-19

In light of COVID-19, the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the Global Education Office have compiled a list of resources for Asian and Asian-American students, scholars, and staff. This list of resources also includes information on allyship for members of the School of Education community who are not Asian or Asian-American and still wish to support our Asian and Asian-American colleagues and friends.

Campus and Community Resources to Address the Negative Impacts of COVID-19

portrait of diversity and inclusion director lavar charleston

LaVar J. Charleston

Dr. Charleston is the inaugural Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the School of Education. In this role, he provides leadership to faculty, staff, and students in developing and implementing strategic initiatives that promote the School of Education and UW–Madison’s mission for diversity, equity, and inclusion.