Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement


cheryl.gittens@wisc.edu --Cheryl Gittens, Interim Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer

(608) 265-5228 -- General
(608) 262-5175 -- Cheryl Gittens 

109 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706

The Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement supports the mission of the University of Wisconsin–Madison as it works to create a diverse, inclusive, and excellent learning and work environment for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others who partner with the university. This mission is accomplished through collaboration, leadership, and seeding of new initiatives, consultative advice, and the coordination of numerous institutional initiatives while supervising the group of key diversity units that now comprise the Division.

The Division's operative priority is to make progress toward the university’s strategic diversity interests: 1) Increasing access for all qualified students, especially for underrepresented minorities and women in the STEM areas; 2) Eliminating the achievement gap between majority and underrepresented students; 3) Recruiting and retaining a more diverse faculty and staff; 4) Preparing all our students, staff and faculty to thrive personally and professionally in a world that is diverse, global and interconnected; and 5) Enhancing the campus climate for inclusion. In striving toward these shared goals, the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement is engaged in key collaborative partnerships with the Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff, the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, the Dean of Students, as well as student leaders, deans, directors and governance bodies across campus.

Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement units include:

  • Center for Educational Opportunity
  • Office for Equity and Diversity
  • Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives / First Wave
  • PEOPLE (Pre-College, Enrichment Opportunity and Program Experience)
  • Posse Program
  • Wisconsin's Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei Lab)
See the website for information on programs and initiatives, policies and reports, and related campus resources.