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WISCAPE 'summit' highlights shifting demographics, educating a diverse Wisconsin

May 09, 2018

The Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) hosted its inaugural summit, Educating a Diverse Wisconsin, on April 26 at Dejope Residence Hall at UW-Madison.

Over 125 people from throughout ​Wisconsin attended the event, focused on the challenge and opportunity of educating an increasingly diverse ​state.

Jamie Merisotis at WISCAPE Summit​WISCAPE Faculty Director Clif Conrad, a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA), said the purpose of the event was to raise awareness and develop a deeper understanding of Wisconsin’s underrepresented ​student populations. He called for​ "spirited dialogue” among participants, with the goal of identifying promising ideas for enrolling, educating, and graduating ​​these students.

Jamie Merisotis, a globally recognized leader in philanthropy, education, and public policy and the president and CEO of the Lumina Foundation, delivered the keynote address. ​Merisotis noted it was fitting ​that participants had gathered at UW-Madison, "home to over 40,000 students of great promise," to take on ​what he called the "toughest and most urgent challenge​" of our time​​, ​that is: "Ensuring that America can unleash the talent of all its citizens, so that they can both survive and thrive in a challenging 21st century economy."

James Minor at WISCAPE Summit​Featured speakers at the summit included:

Panel at WISCAPE SummitThe afternoon sessions included two panel discussions, followed by open dialogue, where participants discussed the challenges facing traditionally underrepresented students in Wisconsin ​and ​ways to enrich their college-going and learning experiences.

WISCAPE is housed in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at UW–Madison. Its mission is to support the pursuit, sharing, and implementation of promising ideas for addressing fundamental challenges in postsecondary education in Wisconsin, the United States, and internationally.

Vi​sit the event page on WISCAPE's website to view presentations, video, social media highlights, and other resources from the WISCAPE summit.
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