Diversity, equity, and inclusion

Our goals and initiatives related to creating an inclusive community and resources to help students.

We strive to ensure everyone at the La Follette School feels welcome. If you have experienced bias or hate you may report an incident.

Land acknowledgment

Humans have called this place home for 12,000 years and counting. Today, the University of Wisconsin–Madison rests in the ancestral land of the Ho-Chunk Nation, the People of the Big Voice, who have called this place Teejop (day-JOPE) for time immemorial. We as a university community continue to create and build upon our partnerships with the 12 First Nations of Wisconsin. We as a state university respect the inherent sovereignty and unique legal status, as affirmed and set forth in state and federal law, of the First Nations of Wisconsin.

Our shared future


The long-term diversity, equity, and inclusion goals of the La Follette School.

  1. Create diverse, inclusive, and excellent learning and work environments for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others who partner with the La Follette School of Public Affairs
  2. Seek and value all differences, and develop the systems and work practices that support members of every group to succeed and fully contribute.


These initiatives represent different ways we make ongoing work towards our goals. Our initiatives are evaluated annually.

Increasing access to a La Follette School education

We are reducing barriers and providing financial support to make our master's degrees accessible to more students.

A La Follette graduate holds their degree at the school's graduation ceremony.

Promoting equitable policymaking

Through service-focused coursework and special events, our students learn how to create equitable policies.

Students attend a speed networking event

Raising funds to support students from underrepresented groups

To support current and future initiatives, we have made diversity, equity, and inclusion a focus of our development.

A group of current students talk with incoming students during orientation.

Report bias or hate

La Follette School students may indicate their affiliation to the school on the UW–Madison Bias Incident Report Form. The La Follette School Director may receive information from the report, if appropriate, when students state their affiliation.

Learn more about the reporting process, including the actions taken following a report.

University Health Services offers no-cost mental health services for students.


Resources on campus and in Madison selected with La Follette School students in mind, including how to contact us about diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Academic departments

Affinity and community resources

City of Madison

General campus resources

Resources for students who are not U.S. citizens


Have a question about diversity, equity and inclusion at the La Follette School? Email di@lafollette.wisc.edu