About Us


Opening its doors in September of 2012, the student founded Inclusive Excellence Center (IEC), is an office on the UWM campus located in Union 119. This office is a student fee funded entity and is primarily dedicated to working with and promoting diversity, equity and social justice on campus.


Where We Are

The Inclusive Excellence Center is located on the first floor the UWM Student Union building. From the main stairwell, hang a left and follow the hallway until you reach the computer lab on the left. Keep going straight from there and you will reach a large office with windows, labeled as room W119. Congrats! You have reached the IEC!


The IEC is home to three unique programs: the U1.0 First-Generation Community, the Lawton Scholars Program, and the DREAMERS Initiative.

The U1.0 program is primarily designed to assist first-generation students get acclimated to life on campus. It regularly holds events in the office for first-generation students. For more information on U1.0, click here.

The Lawton Scholars Program is a scholarship program designed to increase the retention and degree attainment for underrepresented racial/ethnic minority students in the UW-System. To learn more about the Lawton Scholars Program, click here.

The IEC is the central location for the DREAMERS Initiative. This initiative is an effort to support undocumented students. For more information about DREAMERS, click here.

The IEC is also considered a “brave space” which is a location that does not tolerate any form of bigotry, harassment and intended ignorance towards students’ race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, etc.


Our Mission

The Inclusive Excellence Center (IEC) is committed to cultivating an intercultural, equitable climate and learning environment for all UW-Milwaukee members. The IEC appreciates diversity and strives for excellence in fostering peer-to-peer connections and critically reflective opportunities through initiatives, experiences, and collaborations. The IEC will invest time to create a socially just campus in order to include different perspectives, engage in authentic and challenging dialogue, and connect vibrant and global communities.

The goals of our office are as follows:

  • Promote an inclusive campus environment.
  • Remain committed to equity as a guiding principal.
  • Engage students in intercultural exchange to explore the various dimensions of diversity.
  • Provide opportunities to develop the skills required of citizens of global and diverse communities.
  • Decrease the number of bias incidents occurring on campus and within the community of UWM.