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WISCAPE blog post shares recommendations for improving UW-Madison's racial climate

January 23, 2017

A blog post from the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) discusses ​ways to improve the racial climate at UW-Madison and introduces a set of recommendations from a collective of black alumni and their allies.

The post, titled "Creating a place to remember fondly," was authored by Harvey Long and Valyncia C. Raphael. Long is a doctoral student with UW-Madison's School of Library and Information Studies, and Raphael is an alumna of the University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 2013) and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (Ph.D., 2016).

The authors explain, "While the college transition can be tough for anyone, minority and marginalized ​students face additional challenges. It is up to college administrators, influential faculty, and others with institutional power to lead the charge in addressing these challenges."

"Left unaddressed," they continue, "exclusionary environments can impact college choice, student engagement, retention, and what students remember about their college experience. Marginalized students’ time at college is spent on surviving within the exclusionary environment, rather than thriving.”

The authors share a set of 10 commendations that “aim to address the racially hostile environment that many alumni experienced while attending UW and that continues to exist.” According to the post, “Important components of the recommendations include recognition and ownership of the problem, as well as more transparent communication.”

The recommendations from the collective were also discussed in an article on

Read the post on the WISCAPE blog.

WISCAPE is housed in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) in the School of Education.