University of Wisconsin–Madison
Residents of WISE participate in a ropes course activity

Inclusive Communities

The University of Wisconsin-Madison values a diverse community where all members are able to participate fully in the Wisconsin Experience. Therefore, in University Housing, one of our priorities is to establish inclusive, respectful and caring communities.

Inclusion in the residence halls is achieved by all staff working in tandem to create and maintain an environment where everyone feels respected, valued, welcomed and supported. There is a feeling of belonging created because there has been a focus on the needs of each individual in order to create a culture of respect/civility.

Opportunities are created for our residents to interact and learn from each other in a way that embraces and respects our differences. By appreciating these differences in identity (racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, gender etc.) and life experiences, we confront barriers and biases and make our Housing community stronger.

Center for Cultural Enrichment (CCE)

Witte Residence Hall, Room 125
615 W. Johnson St.
Madison, WI 53716


  • Sunday: 6-10 p.m.
  • Monday-Thursday: 1-10 p.m.
  • Friday: 1-5 p.m.

The CCE, located in Witte Residence Hall, is a multi-use space where all students are welcomed. The friendly atmosphere is a great place to study, attend a program, relax, cook or hang out when you need a break from the busy day. CCE staff provide support and connections for international students, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) students, and students of color who may feel isolated because they are numerically small populations on campus. If you have questions regarding campus resources, housing, how to get involved, or multicultural issues, the CCE staff is there to provide support and assistance.


The CCE staff enjoys working with other organizations in collaboration on programming. If you would like to apply for co-sponsorship of a program or event that your organization is putting on, complete a Co-Sponsorship form. Please read the form carefully and follow the instructions listed. You may e-mail your form back to us, or submit a paper copy to the CCE staff.

Our Mission

Our mission at the CCE is to provide a safe and all-inclusive space that brings to life the Residence Life core values of academics, diversity, community, and involvement. We achieve this mission through outreach, programming, and promoting diversity of thought. We strive toward social justice, as well as seek a holistic approach to it by embracing all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender expressions, religions, classes, abilities, or any other aspects of identity we hold.


The CCE strives to keep a current collection of movies and books for students to access. Some of the movies are popular, non-mainstream titles. Other movies are focused on diversity education topics. All residence hall students and staff are able to check out movies and books using their Wiscard.

The CCE keeps a collection of educational resources which are useful for student staff members who are providing programming and conversations around diversity topics. Click here to access a list of movies that are recommended for educational programming.

  • Multicultural Learning Community (MLC)

    The Multicultural Learning Community (MLC), located on one floor of Witte Residence Hall, is open to anyone who is interested in living in a diverse community and actively participating in a broad range of social and cultural activities. It’s a fun, safe environment where residents celebrate multiculturalism, creativity, and innovation in society while exploring issues of human diversity, identity, and social justice.

  • International Connections

    University Housing strives to support all underrepresented identities in the residence halls. Our International-focused student support is assisted by our Center for Cultural Enrichment Programming Assistants. They work with the International Student Services Office and a variety of student organizations to provide programming for International residents, as well as programming which builds relationships between International residents and their peers.

    If you are an international student and have questions about anything linked to your student status on campus, please contact the International Student Services Office.

    Signature Programs

    Cooking with Conversation: This program provides a space for international students and friends to mingle and learn about each other’s culture through cooking food from a variety of cultures and engaging in dialogue.

    Winter Clothes Shopping at the Outlets: This program provides international students and friends round-trip transportation to a local outlet mall to shop for winter clothes and boots.

  • Gender & Sexuality

    University Housing strives to support all underrepresented identities in the residence halls. Our LGBTQ-focused student support is assisted by Residence Life Programming Assistants. These staff members advise UW-Housings GSA’s as well as reach out to students who have self-identified as LGBTQ and work closely with the Open House Learning Community, located in Phillips Hall, as well as in partnership with the LGBT Campus Center.

    Do you have questions about whether the Residence Halls will be a safe space for you to live based on LGBTQ identity? If so, check out the LGBT Campus Center’s Navigate Campus guide. In addition, these staff members provide ally training workshops to increase knowledge, understanding and ally support to the LGBTQ community. One of the programs that is offered within the residence halls is Ally Training. If you are interested in having this program hosted in your hall, please contact your Residence Life Programming Assistant to find out when this program will be in your hall or area.

    For more information/support/resources, please also consider contacting or visiting the friendly staff at the LGBT Campus Center located in the Red Gym.

    In addition to these resources, Open House, a learning community within University Housing, welcomes students who wish to build a community dedicated to safe space and examining conventional and transformational assumptions about gender and sexuality. In addition to a supportive residential community, Open House offers a seminar on gender and sexuality in the media, co-curricular activities, and flexible rooming arrangements to meet your needs. Open House is just one of the many places you can live on campus!

    Gender Sexuality Alliances

    In each area (Lakeshore and Southeast), there are Gender & Sexuality Alliances which are student-led, student-run organizations aimed at programming, support and creating allies for the LGBTQ community. Formerly known as the Gay Straight Alliances, the renaming aligns with our mission to creating more inclusive environments for students. If you would like more information about the GSA’s that are operating in the residence halls or get involved, please contact your Residence Life Program Assistant.

    Being an Ally

    An ally is someone who supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer community. Straight allies stand with LGBTQ people in creating safe and inclusive environments and celebrating the spectrum of gender identities and sexual orientations. All of the LGBTQ programming that is done in UW Housing is open to the LGBTQ students and their allies.

    Campus Women’s Center

    The Campus Women’s Center provides a variety of support services, educates the campus community on a number of women-centered issues, and serves as a resource and referral center for all students.

  • Diversity Dialogues

    University Housing is dedicated to helping all students become aware of the importance of their own identities and knowledge of differing identities, which are our daily lived experiences. Understanding identities and engaging in dialogues are the first steps in creating respectful relationships and interactions within a diverse community.

    Through a partnership with the Department of Counseling Psychology, we offer Diversity Dialogues on a variety of topics that range from Race, Socioeconomic Status, to Religion and Spirituality. Diversity Dialogues are 90-minute discussions in small groups of 8-10 students that focus on the sharing and learning of personal perspectives and experiences and encourage some sense of community. The goal of this initiative is to increase students’ awareness and skills about campus diversity and provide an opportunity to learn and share experiences about diversity with other students. The dialogues focus on students’ experiences/reactions related to diversity, challenges associated with diversity, and opportunities for future involvement in diversity.

    In addition to Diversity Dialogues offered to residents each semester, student staff members are provided the opportunity to enroll in Facilitating Diversity Dialogues course through the Department of Counseling Psychology to build upon their skills as a staff member.

  • Reporting Bias

    Bias Protocol on Campus & in University Housing

    Every Badger Deserves Respect


    The University of Wisconsin-Madison values a diverse community where all members are able to participate fully in the Wisconsin Experience. Incidents of Bias/Hate affecting a person or group create a hostile climate and negatively impact the quality of the Wisconsin Experience for community members. UW Madison takes such incidents seriously and will investigate and respond to reported or observed incidents of bias/hate.

    Bias Incidents

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison values a diverse community where all members are able to participate fully in the Wisconsin Experience. Therefore, in University Housing, one of our priorities is to establish inclusive, respectful and caring communities.

    If you have information about who is responsible for this bias incident or experience and/or witness an act of bias, please report it to a House Fellow or your Residence Life Coordinator. You can also report bias incidents online here. UW-Madison and University Housing respond to all bias incidents and may pursue disciplinary action if the bias is individually directed.

    If you would like to discuss the incident, please contact your Residence Life Coordinator who is located in your Residence Life Office or Cleda Wang, Assistant Director for Residence Life-Inclusion:

    Bias Incident Protocol in University Housing

    1. Any witnesses or residents of the incident(s) report the details to a Residence Life professional or student staff member.
    2. Assistant Director connects with Residence Life Coordinator to review the report, investigate, and weigh in on option for residents involved and the community.
    3. A response is formulated by Assistant Director and Residence Life Coordinator.
    4. The Response is implemented.


    There are several ways you can report incidents of hate and bias:

    • In person: Report to House Fellows, Dean of Students Office (70 Bascom Hall)
    • Mobile UW: Safety
    • Online: Dean of Students Office
    • University Housing: House Fellows, Residence Life Coordinators


Cleda Wang

Assistant Director of Residence Life for Inclusion