Linda Crafton Rangers in Action I.D.E.A.

Published: February 4, 2016
What Diversity Means to Dr. Linda Crafton

I find joy in cultural diversity and have a passion for social justice that I try to enact every day. Early in my teaching career, I learned the incredible insights one could gain from making close observations of children, their language, their thinking, and their experiences. The more knowledge I could gather about the uniqueness of one child, one undergraduate, one graduate student, the more I could honor their differences and use them as strengths to build on.

Difference unites us as human beings; when difference and diversity become undivided identity, we are able to see ourselves and our students in the most positive light.

Congratulations Linda!


The University of Wisconsin-Parkside learning community is one of the most diverse in the entire UW System. It is the diversity that enhances and broadens the educational experience UW-Parkside students enjoy and from which they benefit.  

The UW-Parkside Rangers in Action: I.D.E.A. (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accountability) Leadership Champion Awards, sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Inclusive Excellence Committee, recognize individuals dedicated to ensuring that UW-Parkside is place where diversity and inclusion efforts are intentionally integrated into the core aspects of our campus.

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