Welcome! 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. As part of the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences (CALS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we strive to make our climate the best it can be for everyone in our community. Learn more about what we’re currently working on below, or by exploring the following resources through the CALS Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:


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What are we currently working on?


Explore our website to learn more about our ongoing and planned initiatives, including:


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

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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.