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Mission, vision, and values

Our mission

We advance the empowerment of working people, labor organizations, and community partners through teaching, research, and service.

Our vision

We envision a just and equitable society, rooted in economic democracy, in which all workers have a meaningful impact in their workplaces and communities.

Defining workplace democracy

Workplace democracy recognizes that without safe, healthy, and happy workers, the business would fail. To ensure the success of the business, workplace democracy is implemented; empowering workers to have a strong voice in the direction and decisions that affect their lives and workplace.

Engagement, inclusion, and diversity

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW–Madison.

We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

Read the full Institutional Statement on Diversity here.

Land acknowledgement 

The University of Wisconsin–Madison occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land, a place their nation has called Teejop (day-JOPE) since time immemorial. In an 1832 treaty, the Ho-Chunk were forced to cede this territory. Decades of ethnic cleansing followed when both the federal and state government repeatedly, but unsuccessfully, sought to forcibly remove the Ho-Chunk from Wisconsin. This history of colonization informs our shared future of collaboration and innovation. Today, UW–Madison respects the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation, along with the eleven other First Nations of Wisconsin.

Education for workplace democracy.