Welcome

The Equity and Diversity Committee advises the dean on issues of equity and diversity affecting the college. Examples of issues include: recommendations regarding a grievance procedure for students, academic staff, and faculty; procedures in hiring searches to ensure greater diversity among the college’s faculty and staff; recruitment and retention of minority students; minority student programs; retention programs for at-risk students; other issues as deemed appropriate by the committee. The committee shall perform reviews of specific complaints of inequity in the college and report to the dean.

Membership

Appointments are made by the dean on an annual basis to staggered three-year terms. In general, the membership will be constituted by:

  1. Minimum six faculty. Maximum eight faculty. A faculty member may not serve more than two consecutive terms.
  2. Two academic staff. An academic staff member may not serve more than two consecutive terms.
  3. Two university staff. A university staff member may not serve more than two consecutive terms.
  4. Two undergraduate students to be appointed by the CALS Student Council or referral by a faculty member. Students commit initially to a 1 year term. Prior to the end of the spring semester, students shall be offered the opportunity to continue for a second or third term, depending upon their interest and availability. Students serve no more than 3 consecutive terms.
  5. Minimum two graduate students. Maximum four graduate students. Students commit initially to a 1 year term. Prior to the end of the spring semester, students shall be offered the opportunity to continue for a second or third term, depending upon their interest and availability. Students serve no more than 3 consecutive terms.
  6. One postdoctoral trainee. There are three types of postdoctoral trainees at UW-Madison (research associates, postdoctoral fellows, and postdoctoral trainees) and any qualify for this appointment. Postdoctoral trainees initially commit to a 1-year term. Prior to the end of the spring semester, postdoctoral trainees shall be offered the opportunity to continue for a second or third term, depending on their interest and availability. Postdoctoral trainees serve no more than 3 consecutive terms.
  7. Minimum two ex officio members to include: a member of the CALS Human Resource Office and the senior associate dean.

Voting

Once committee membership for the academic year has been finalized, quorum shall be determined as a simple majority of the voting membership.

Meetings

Meetings will be scheduled on a monthly basis. Additional meetings may be scheduled as necessary by the chair, or at the request of the dean.