Damon A. Williams

Damon A. Williams
Vice Provost for Diversity and Climate & Chief Diversity Officer
109 Bascom Hall
Alternate Office
500 Lincoln Drive, Madison, Wi 53706

The VP&CDO supports the mission of the University of Wisconsin–Madison as it works to create a diverse, inclusive, and excellent learning and work environment for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others who partner with the university. This mission is accomplished through collaboration, leadership and seeding of new initiatives, consultative advice, and the coordination of numerous institutional initiatives, while supervising the group of key diversity units that now comprise the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and Climate (OVPDC).

With the VP&CDO as its central office, OVPDC’s operative priority is to make progress toward the university’s strategic diversity interests: 1) Increasing access for all qualified students, especially for underrepresented minorities and women in the STEM areas; 2) Eliminating the achievement gap between majority and underrepresented students; 3) Recruiting and retaining a more diverse faculty and staff; 4) Preparing all our students, staff and faculty to thrive personally and professionally in a world that is diverse, global and interconnected; and 5) Enhancing the campus climate for inclusion. In striving toward these shared goals, VP&CDO is engaged in key collaborative partnerships with the Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff, the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, the Dean of Students, as well as student leaders, deans, directors and governance bodies across campus.