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IE Conference
December 8, 2009 in Union Ballroom

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From the Margins to the Middle:

The Centrality of Inclusive Excellence to Student Success


Inclusive Excellence (IE) is a planning process that intentionally integrates diversity efforts into the core aspects of an institution, i.e., diversity is in the forefront (center) of discussion and is infused into every level of university life. For more information on IE, please refer to the Inclusive Excellence FAQ.

UWM is currently at the pre-planning stage of IE. This all-day conference is designed for UWM faculty, staff and students to dialog on IE and strategize on the next step in this process. At its core, UWM's IE will focus on the symbiotic relationship between fostering an inclusive and welcoming campus climate and student academic success.

This IE conference consists of morning and afternoon concurrent workshop sessions addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness. The luncheon keynote speaker is Dr. Christopher Metzler, Georgetown University, a nationally recognized expert on inclusive and academic excellence. Chancellor Santiago will welcome participants to the conference in the morning, with Provost Cheng providing remarks prior to lunch. Registration and continental Breakfast start at 8:00 a.m. The program begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.

This event is free and open to the campus community. Click here for a copy of the conference flyer.

Tentative Conference Agenda

  8:00-9:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
  9:00-9:30 a.m. Welcome
    Associate Vice Chancellor Michael Powell
    Chancellor Carlos Santiago
  9:45-11:15 a.m. Morning Concurrent Workshop Sessions
    Teaching the Sex/Gender Spectrum: Inclusive Excellence, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression
    Diversity/Global Learning: High Impact Practices
    Synergistic Curricular Models: Global Studies Program
    Accessing Student Resources that Promote Inclusive Excellence at UWM
  11:30-1:00 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Speaker
    Welcome: Provost and Vice Chancellor Rita Cheng
    Keynote: Dr. Christopher Metzler, Georgetown University
    Building the Inclusive Campus: Why Strategic Intent Matters
  1:15-2:45 p.m. Afternoon Concurrent Workshop Sessions
    "Ordinary" and "Extraordinary" Campus Violence: Combating Legal Myths & Gendered Silences about Sexual Violence and School Shootings
    Equal Access on Campus (ADA Amendments Act & Accommodations v. Universal Design)
    UW System Institute on Race and Ethnicity: Grant Opportunities and Other Initiatives
    Accessing Student Resources that Promote Inclusive Excellence at UWM
  3:00-3:30 p.m. Wrap Up Session: Open Space/Next Step


Pre-registration is required. Please register at: mydevelopment.uwm.edu/longview.cfm?eventid=34805.

For questions, please contact Linda Huang at 414.229.5433 or lhuang@uwm.edu.

Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Dr. Christopher Metzler

Christopher J. Metzler, PhD, is Associate Dean of Human Resources for the Masters of Professional Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Georgetown University, he was on the faculty at Cornell University’s ILR School where he directed the EEO and Diversity Studies program. Prior to entering higher education, he headed the strategic issues and research practice at an international consulting firm and provided advice to multinational corporations and governments on human rights, human capital, equality, corporate social responsibility, discrimination and diversity.

He lectures globally on diversity, global employment practices, corporate social responsibility, human rights, human resources, and comparative employment systems.

A frequent T.V. and radio commentator, he has appeared on BBC, Sky News, News Channel 8, Channel 7 News, Channel 9 News, BBC Arabic, BBC Radio, 1290 Radio, and The Joe Madison show, among others.

He has also been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Times, and others.

Planning Committee Members

Michael Powell (chair), Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Climate, Academic Affairs; Ed Burgess, Professor, Dance Department; James Hill, Interim Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs; Linda Huang, Program Manager, Academic Affairs; Larry Martin, Professor/Director, Administrative Leadership; Jennifer Murray, Director, LGBT Resource Center; Laurie Petersen, Director, Student Accessibility Center; Donna Shepard, Director, Center for Diversity Learning; Karl Sparks, Director, Human Resources; Pauli Taylorboyd, Director, Employee Development; Tom Tonnesen, Interim Director, UWS Institute on Race and Ethnicity; Patricia Villarreal, Acting Director, Office of Equity/Diversity Services; Linda Woods, Human Resources Manager, Fiinance and Administrative Affairs.

This event is sponsored by the Division of Academic Affairs.