Our values

We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways that 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.

The Department of Bacteriology fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every perspective – people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

Bacteriology Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee

For any emergency situation, please call 9-1-1.

To report an incident involving students, students should visit the Dean of Students Office Report an Incident page.

If you have any questions, ideas, or concerns about diversity, equity, or inclusion in the department, feel free to reach us at diversity@bact.wisc.edu. We will do our best to get back to you within 48 hours.

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What are we currently working on?

Here are some examples:

  • Developing a monthly newsletter to promote inclusion
  • Enhance the participation and representation of Department members during faculty meetings
  • Ensure diversity of speakers in the weekly Distinguished Lectures in Microbiology seminar series
  • Discuss diversity issues during our annual Kenneth B Raper Symposium
  • Review departmental policies to address systemic forms of injustice
  • Track the demographic composition of the Department
  • Develop an annual climate survey in the Department
  • Highlight “Scientists We Admire” in microbiology from diverse backgrounds

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.