Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Our vision is for the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to be a welcoming and inclusive environment where our values of equal opportunity, multiculturalism, diversity, and respect are central to the function and character of the Department.
The Justice, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics supports initiatives that encourage (1) a more diverse faculty and student body, (2) opportunities for engagement in Department processes, and (3) a welcoming Department community.
A Brief History of JEDI in AAE
At the initiative of the Taylor Hibbard Club, on behalf of the graduate students, the JEDI committee was founded in 2020. Their original charge listed below still informs our activities today.
The initial charge of the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee as laid out by representatives of the Taylor Hibbard Club include, but are not limited to:
- Address challenges related to the current climate in AAE, including examining ways our culture does and does not provide a welcoming environment for everyone.
- Enhance the diversity in our Department and profession.
- Incorporate JEDI-themes into Department service tasks and governance.
- Seek out and develop partnerships across campus, in local and global communities, and in our profession to advance JEDI-related objectives.
JEDI Committee Members (2023/24):
Steven Deller (co-chair)
Theresa Ng’Andu (co-chair)
Zellie Marie Capra
Talita Moraes Goncalves Silva Mereb
Sophia Errin Thanasouras
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The Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement’s priority is to:
- prepare all our students, staff and faculty to thrive personally and professionally in a world that is diverse, global and interconnected;
- increase access for underrepresented minorities in STEM;
- eliminate the achievement gap between majority and underrepresented students;
- recruit and retain a more diverse faculty and staff; and
- enhance the campus climate for inclusion.
The CALS Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) seeks to cultivate connection within CALS and our broader community by promoting a greater understanding of DEI and expanding knowledge to grow individual and collective capacity leading to measurable change.