Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Institute on Aging Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

The UW–Madison Institute on Aging embraces diversity as a source of strength, creativity, and innovation in carrying out its broad mission.  As a place of work, we value the contributions of each employee, respecting individual identities, cultural backgrounds, abilities, and opinions.  As a research institute, we are committed to advancing knowledge about health and well-being in adulthood and later life with awareness of differences defined by demographic factors (age, gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status) and wide-ranging psychological and social factors.  As a forum for outreach, application, and public health education, we welcome the participation of all who want to learn about the work that we do.  Our ultimate goal is to be inclusive.

UW–Madison Land Acknowledgement

The University of Wisconsin–Madison occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land, a place their nation called Teejop (day-JOPE) since time immemorial. In an 1832 treaty, the Ho-Chunk were forced to cede this territory. Decades of ethnic cleansing followed when both the federal and state government repeatedly, but unsuccessfully, sought to forcibly remove the Ho-Chunk from Wisconsin.

We acknowledge the circumstances that led to the forced removal of the Ho-Chunk people, and honor their legacy of resistance and resilience.  We recognize and respect the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation as well as the other 11 First Nations (listed below) within the boundaries of the state of Wisconsin.

Map of Wisconsin showing Native American Tribal Lands