Welcome Message from Dr. Chia Youyee Vang

March 1, 2021

I am honored to serve the diverse community at UWM as Interim Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer during this unprecedented moment in the history of our nation. As our country confronts a global pandemic and the deep racial, social, political, and cultural divisions, many on our campus have come together and work collectively to address these challenges. The Division of Global Inclusion and Engagement and our campus partners have engaged in ongoing reflection and self-assessment of our campus climate. We have had conversations and have taken some concrete steps but we are not where we need to be. The difficult realities that we face require that each of us join in efforts to build a campus community where everyone can thrive.

In this new role, I hope to strengthen existing partnerships and create new engagement opportunities. I welcome contributions from individuals and groups so I encourage you to get involved as UWM pursues its path of inclusive excellence.

Chia Youyee Vang, Ph.D.
Interim Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer