Campus Resources:  teaching and learning, recruitment and retention programs, student support services, student organizations, links to relevant laws and policies

Page last updated on 08/19/2014

Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning (CATL) Inclusive Excellence (IE):  help with teaching and learning issues related to a broad range of diversity issues and populations, including difficult dialogues in the learning environment.  Workshops, resources, individual and group consultations, seminars, and more.  Contact Deb Hoskins.

Office of Multicultural Student Services  "The primary goals of the Office of Multicultural Student Services (OMSS) at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse are to increase the undergraduate and graduate enrollments of U.S. underrepresented and disadvantaged students, to improve the quality of their educational and social experiences and to increase the number of graduates. To accomplish these objectives, OMSS is involved in specific recruitment and retention activities, and special academic support programs. OMSS also sponsors numerous cultural events, supports ethnic student organizations and services, promotes community outreach efforts, consults and holds joint programming sessions with other support services offices and encourages staff and faculty involvement in underrepresented student assistance programs.."

The McNair Scholars Program  "The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is federally funded by the United States Department of Education to provide eligible students with support and preparation for graduate school.  McNair Scholars must either be low-income, first generation college students AND/OR be members of a traditionally underrepresented group in their field (usually African American, Latino/a, Native American and/or Asian Pacific Islander).  The program at UW-La Crosse began in October of 2009, and is housed in the College of Science and Health.  WE ACCEPT JUNIORS AND SENIORS WITH ANY UNIVERSITY MAJOR."

UW-L's Office of Affirmative Action  AAO's mission is "to foster and support a campus environment that is diverse and free of discrimination and harassment.  In order to achieve and maintain a collegial environment, the office provides leadership, counsel, and informational resources for diverse constituents, as well as the larger community."  All the diversity-related policies and procedures are here, including domestic partnership, AIDs, sexual harassment, sexual assault, equity plans (Plan 2008 and the new Inclusive Excellence plans), along with the Equity Scorecard study.  The Resources page includes a variety of external resources.  For assistance, contact Carmen Wilson.

For help with personal issues related to diversity, see this excellent site:  Help | Understanding | where to Begin (HUB)

The Office of Campus Climate provides many resources, including Campus Climate Surveys, Awareness Through Performance, the Hate Response Team and Hate Incident Form, Work/Life policies and initiatives, and On-Line Tutorials on various topics, and has collaborated with other offices to provide Trainings.  The Center has a collection of books and other resources.  And more!

The Pride Center  "The Pride Center is devoted to serving students and members of the campus community that may or may not label themselves as queer, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, gay, intersex or questioning, asexual individuals their allies (LGBTIQQAA) and students with LGBTIQQAA parents."  The Advocate ranks UW-La Crosse  in the top 100 Schools for LGBTIQQAA students to attend.  Pride's website includes their application for peer mentoring, list of events, their video library, the books and magazines in their collection, information for current and prospective students, and "LGBTIQQAA 101," a very useful set of definitions and information.

Disability Resources Center  The mission of the DRC is "to collaborate with students with disabilities to identify, reduce, or eliminate barriers to obtaining education within the most integrated settings possible. It also assists the campus in creating accessible, equitable, inclusive environments."  Their website includes a very helpful "Faculty Manual" that explains the relevant laws on accessibility (to events, websites, etc., in addition to classes) and provides an excellent online training through Penn State.  Scroll down for tips for teaching students with particular disabilities. 

National Resources:  voices of students nationally

UNC's Center for Teaching and Learning has written Teaching for Inclusion.  See this chapter they share online on Asian-American students:  Center for Faculty Excellence @ UNC-Chapel Hill

LGBT students: