University of Wisconsin-Parkside Land Acknowledgment Statement
We the Community of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside acknowledge with gratitude and humility the First Nations People of Wisconsin, whose original homelands lie within the state. We especially wish to recognize the Ho-Chunk, Miami, and Potawatomi Nations for their significant historical and spiritual connections with the Parkside area. Our footsteps do not replace theirs, but rest alongside them. Today, Wisconsin is home to 12 First Nations communities: the Ho-Chunk Nation, the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, the Menominee Nation, the Forest County Potawatomi Community, the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohicans, the Brothertown Indian Nation, and six Lake Superior Bands of the Ojibwe Nation: the Bad River, Lac Courte Oreilles, Lac du Flambeau, Mole Lake Sokaogan, Red Cliff, and Saint Croix bands. The University of Wisconsin-Parkside acknowledges and honors this history and these nations.

- UW-Parkside Land Acknowledgment Statement Committee

The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion works in alignment with the mission, goals, and values of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.  


We are an institution that is diverse in race, age, ethnicity, gender identity, physical and mental ability, religion, political belief and affiliation, sexual orientation, and perspective.  We value our campus diversity and our office endeavors to help create a university environment that is inclusive; where students, faculty, and staff feel safe and can show up and exist as their complete and authentic selves.  We will support continuous professional development and training opportunities for faculty and staff to elevate the climate and culture of our campus community.  It is our desire to partner with members and organizations in the surrounding communities to support causes that impact the lives of those we serve.

The EDI office is committed to working with administration to examine and eradicate historical policies and practices that have perpetuated systemic inequities and to develop a holistic plan of action to create an environment where the members of our campus community will receive a high-quality education, live, grow, work and thrive.   


The University of WI-Parkside envisions a community where race, ethnicity, and other human differences are not predictors of success and well-being. UWP’s mission of providing high-quality educational programs, creative and scholarly activities, and services responsive to its diverse student population, and its local, national and global communities will be fully recognized once we allow for opportunities of understanding and transformation. The campus commits to:

  • Establishing a narrative thread that connects and strengthens groups, events, and activities in order to counter the structural biases that exist.
  • Educating and building awareness about the root causes of disparities and disproportionality in programs and social systems.
  • Transforming systems that have upheld racial hierarchies.
  • Celebrating our individual humanity and encourage vulnerability as a way of knowing.
  • Creating a community dedicated to surfacing and constructively engaging sentiments that inhibit inclusivity and equity.
  • Eliminating policies and practices that continue to perpetuate racial disparities through systematic racism.
  • Acknowledging diversity is a strength and grants our stakeholders a pathway to understanding that differences are an asset.


Justice is the deliberate practice of dismantling structures and systems that maintain historical and current inequities. This requires the continuous and proactive critique of current policies, practices, power structures, cultural messages, and social norms with the intent to achieve and sustain equity for all diverse identities. 

UW-Parkside will actively engage in addressing issues of injustice both within and outside the institution. Resources are equitably allocated and all individuals have access to information and structures of power. Individuals are physically, psychologically, and emotionally safe and secure, and are empowered to become advocates for themselves and others.

Equity is not the same as equality. Equity recognizes that we do not all start from the same place and acknowledges and addresses historical and current imbalances.

Achieving equity demands the institution continuously evaluate systems and structures and remove biases and barriers that impede an individual's holistic success at our institution.

Representation of all the characteristics that make up human differences, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, age, class, physical and mental ability, religion, political belief, national origin, and other social identities represented in a space, community, institution, or society.

The campus community reflects the different identities represented in the region we serve, in all areas and levels of the institution. Promoting and acknowledging diverse perspectives and life experiences enhances the learning environment for all.

Ensuring differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard, and every individual, especially those who have been historically excluded because of their identities, feels a sense of belonging. 

Creating, fostering, and sustaining practices and conditions that encourage and allow each of us to be fully ourselves as we work and learn together. Diverse identities and experiences are invited, appreciated, and supported so that all individuals feel that they belong at UW-Parkside and are respectfully heard and valued.

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So, Let's Talk

The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusions in partnership with The Center for Excellence in Inclusive Teaching and Learning is offering colleges and departments the opportunity to have facilitated So, Let's Talk (SLT) conversations about issues related to equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice.  If you are interested in hosting a SLT session that is specific to your departmental needs, please submit the request form to schedule:  

Host an SLT session

Contact Trina Patterson at or Amber Handy at for more information.  

We look forward to engaging with you in these conversations, as we all learn and grow together.


Heritage and History Months



Other Cultural and Learning Opportunities


The University of Wisconsin-Parkside recognizes the importance in serving all students and strives to become a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). With a 17.9% Hispanic student population, we are the first public university in the state of Wisconsin recognized as an Emerging HSI.

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The courses will explore the historical narratives of groups that have experienced and participated in the making of history, but whose narratives have been mediated, appropriated, or erased. Each year of the project will focus on an alternative narrative of groups that have experienced history, and in that experience, have participated in the making of history. The first year of the program will focus on the Native American Narrative, the second on the African American Narrative, and the third and final year on the Hispanic American Narrative.

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Welcome to Descubre Parkside (Discover Parkside)! Our program seeks to partner with heavily populated dual-language schools to foster the idea that college is an achievable option for any student. 

¡Bienvenidos a Descubre Parkside! Nuestro programa de Descubre Parkside busca asociarse con las escuelas altarmente porbladas de lenguaje dual para formentar la idea de que el colegio es una opción realizable para cualquier estudiante.  

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Yo Soy Parkside is a visit day for prospective Spanish-speaking students and their families to meet current students and faculty and to discover the many real and amazing reasons to Be at Parkside.

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