Racial Justice Commitments

The Center for Leadership & Involvement is dedicated to inspiring purposeful action and positive change, to address racism and dismantle systems of oppression.  Our staff is committed, individually and collectively, to this work.

Our efforts listed below were initiated during a planning process that began in Summer 2020. However this does not encompass all efforts our office is engaging in to address our commitments to our campus. We understand that engaging in social justice work is a continuous process and we will continue seeking ways to transform our organization and better serve our campus community.

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View CfLI Racial Justice Statement

The Center for Leadership & Involvement staff acknowledges and shares in the pain and anger experienced by our students, colleagues, and community at the senseless death of George Floyd at the hands of police.  This tragic act serves as a stark reminder of the existing and historical oppression of our Black and African American communities.

We have an obligation, as a leadership department dedicated to inspiring purposeful action and positive change, to address racism and dismantle systems of oppression.  Our staff is committed, individually and collectively, to this work.  That labor has historically been shouldered by our most marginalized communities, including our Black and African American colleagues – student organization leaders, advisors, and staff.  We seek to share that burden and stand committed to:

  • Intentionally reaching out to our marginalized students to support them where they need it through advising, leadership development, and funding.
  • Providing leadership training to our UW-Madison community that elevates and centers minoritized voices while addressing existing systems of power and privilege.
  • Reviewing our policies and procedures to make certain they meet the needs of marginalized students.
  • Assessing our programs, resources, and services through a social justice lens and making necessary changes to limit gaps and ensure accessibility.

We look to translate this moment into a movement.  An inherently inclusive movement that appreciates the shared struggles and the unique stories of our marginalized communities – advocating especially for those whose intersectional social identities often result in disproportionate suppression.  This will require listening, on-going learning, and a commitment to change.

Ultimately, we will be judged by our behavior and not on our mission, core values, or statements.  We acknowledge and apologize for our silence to date.  We will hold ourselves accountable for our actions and we encourage you to partner with us in bringing forth a more just University and community.

In Solidarity,

Center for Leadership & Involvement Staff

Commitments List

  1. Intentionally reaching out to our marginalized students to support them where they need it through advising, leadership development, and funding.
  2. Providing leadership training to our UW-Madison community that elevates and centers minoritized voices while addressing existing systems of power and privilege.
  3. Reviewing our policies and procedures to make certain they meet the needs of marginalized students.
  4. Assessing our programs, resources, and services through a social justice lens and making necessary changes to limit gaps and ensure accessibility.

Commitments Tracker (last updated Spring 2021)

 

Commitment Number(s) Initiative Progress to Date
1 Provide training and culturally relevant resources that support CfLI marketing and communications student staff.
  • Adopted new practices informed by the Social Media Accessibility Webinar that was attended by marketing student staff in Winter 2021. 
1 Implement high-touch advising and outreach for marginalized students in Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) and Leadership Certificate program.
  • Sent high-touch email messages about our student organization services to cultural and ethnic based RSOs in Fall 2020.
  • Created process in Fall 2020 to remind upcoming Leadership Certificate applicants about our advising services.
  • Finalizing process to connect students with Leadership Certificate reviewers via phone or virtually to supplement comments they receive in Canvas in Spring 2021.
2 Create quarterly training for CfLI student staff that addresses power, privilege, and elevates marginalized student voices.
  • Began this effort during CfLI Orientation Day in Fall 2020.
  • Hosted training session during Winter 2020.
2 Create social justice orientated leadership development workshops accessible for all students.
  • Created a RSO workshop series in Fall 2020 that includes a session on developing an inclusive environment.
  • Providing individualized leadership development workshops for the Posse Program and WIScience Peer Leaders program in Spring 2021.
2 Require social justice education for all RSOs and Wisconsin Experience Grant applicants.
  • Working with the Office of Inclusion Education to create a required social justice education series by Fall 2022.
2 & 3 Align our entire organizational social justice competencies to keep ourselves and our student staff accountable.
  • Created plan to align our competencies during our Winter 2021 Professional Staff Retreat.
3 & 4 Conduct CfLI social justice organizational audit.
  • Will be selecting a consultant or consulting team to conduct an organizational equity audit of our center by Spring 2021.
4 Review the Leadership Framework through a social justice lens and make necessary changes to ensure cultural relevance.
  • Will be creating an Expert Reviewer team that is diverse, student-centered, and centers social justice concepts with leadership development theory to review our Leadership Framework outcomes by Spring 2021.