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UW-Madison announces initiatives to address racial inequities on campus

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MADISON (WKOW) -- UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank addressed racial inequities on campus in a blog post Wednesday.

She shared a number of additional commitments the university is making to ensure success of all students. She also said these commitments will require financial support, which may mean cutting other programs.

Chancellor Blank said they will continue efforts to increase the diversity of campus by expanding enrollment and employment among underrepresented groups. 

The Our Wisconsin training program will now be mandatory for entering undergraduate students starting this fall.  It's meant to help students build self-reflection about how we are all shaped by racial inequities and systemic racism in our society. 

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education will provide $1 million in research funding in the next academic year to support faculty and PIs whose research helps us understand race in America, including the public health impacts of racism, systems which perpetuate racial inequality and the physical and social impacts of racism.

Those are just some of the commitments Blank announced. You can read her entire blog post here.

Amber Noggle

Anchor, 27 News at 5, 6 and 10

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