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What is Equity & Inclusion?


The creation of policies, practices, and processes that ensure equitable educational outcomes for all students.

The authentic participation across identities and cultures specifically for students, participation addresses persistence, retention and completion as well as a number of other metrics commonly used to determine students’ progress through the college. For employees, participation can encompass serving on a Shared Governance Council to retention, promotional and professional opportunities.

Source: Glossary of the Madison College Equity and Inclusion Plan

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Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

King Holiday 2023

On January 16, 2023, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday will mark the 28th anniversary of the national day of service. This day was established to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King, and to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

Americans celebrated the first official Martin Luther King Day, which is the only federal holiday commemorating an African-American, on Monday, January 20, 1986. In 1994, Congress designated the holiday as a national day of service, and marking the third Monday in January every year as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service - a "Day On, Not a Day Off."

Dr. King advocated for nonviolent resistance to overcome injustice as a means of lifting racial oppression. He created change with organized sit-ins, marches, and peaceful demonstrations that highlighted issues of inequality. Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964; he was the youngest person to ever receive this high honor. He followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and father by entering the ministry to become a Baptist minister. On April 4, 1968, at the age of 39, he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee as he stood on the balcony of his hotel. Dr. King traveled to Memphis, Tennessee to lead a march in support of striking sanitation workers.

We remember Dr. King as a husband, father, friend, and fierce advocate for the betterment of all people. Honor his memory by organizing, volunteering, and spreading the word. Remember to MAKE IT A DAY ON, NOT A DAY OFF, for you and those around you.

Source:  Communications, DoDEA. “Martin Luther King, Jr.. Day, January 16, 2023.” DoDEA, Department of Defense, 


Additional Resources

The King CenterEstablished in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (“The King Center”) has been a global destination, resource center and community institution for over a quarter century. Each year, The King Center in Atlanta leads the nationwide observance of the national holiday commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The theme and call to action, for the 2023 Observance is “It Starts With Me:  Cultivating a Beloved Community Mindset to Transform Unjust Systems.”

Library of Congress' Online Prints and Photograph CatalogBrowse photographs of Dr. King.

The Fight for Martin Luther King Jr. DayIt took 15 years of fighting for MLK Day to be declared a national holiday—but some states pair it with a holiday celebrating Confederate leader Robert E. Lee.

Celebrating Black History Month

Highlighted Resources

The Bluest Eye

Toni Morrison, 1970
(Print book and e-audio book available)

The Bluest Eye book cover

Pecola Breedlove, a young eleven-year-old black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dreams grow more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity.

I love myself when I am laughing . . .  a Zora Neale Hurston reader

Zora Neale Hurston, 2020
edited by Alice Walker

(Ebook available)

I Love Myself When I Am Laughing... Book Cover


Originally published in 1979, this reissued classic is a collection of Zora Neale Hurston's finest works, edited by Alice Walker. This anthology was the first to collect the works of Hurston, who was one of the most prolific writers of the Harlem Renaissance, and includes fiction, folklore, reportage, and personal essays.

God Save the Queens: the essential
history of women in hip hop

Kathy Landoli, 2020
(print book available)

Book Cover: God Save the Queens

Today, hip-hop is dominated by many successful women, yet there are scores of female artists whose influence continues to resonate. God Save the Queens pays tribute to the women of hip-hop--from the early work of Roxanne Shante, to hitmakers like Queen Latifah and Missy Elliot, to the superstars of today. Exploring issues of gender, money, sexuality, violence, body image, feuds, objectification and more, God Save the Queens is an important and monumental work of music journalism that at last gives these influential female artists the respect they have long deserved.

The Black presidency: Barack Obama
and the politics of race in America

Michael Eric Dyson, 2016
(Print book available)

The Black Presidency: Book Cover


Michael Eric Dyson delivers a provocative exploration of the politics of race and the Obama presidency. Barack Obama's presidency unfolded against the national traumas of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, and Walter Scott. The nation's first African American president was careful to give few major race speeches, yet he faced criticism from all sides, including from African Americans. How has Obama's race affected his presidency and the nation's identity?

Graphic: Black History Month

Local Resources

African American History in WisconsinThe Society is celebrating BIG moments in Wisconsin history, including the significant impact that African Americans have had on the history of the state. Learn about this impact through the articles, artifacts, and other important items that help tell the story of African Americans in Wisconsin.

Unvarnished:  Restoring the Erased History of ExclusionMany museums and organizations are working to share a complete, inclusive history. Often that means sharing histories that have been erased from the consciousness of all except those who were marginalized.

A Reflection on Black History Month- 2021 interview with Madison College's president, Dr. Jack E. Daniels, III. 

Wisconsin Black Historical Museum- The Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum (WBHS/M) is the only institution dedicated in the State dedicated to the business of preserving Wisconsin’s African American History. The Society is also an affiliated member of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.


African American History Month- The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.

Black History Month Resource Round-upThis list, compiled by the American Library Association's Public Programs Office, includes educational resources, sample programs, ideas for kids, and articles all about Black History Month. 

This guide has been designed to provide information on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I).  It was created and is maintained by a team of staff members from the Libraries and Student Achievement Centers. This team was formed in July 2020 and supports the College strategies of providing a safe, inclusive and representative space for students and staff.  Here you will find resources about activities and efforts at Madison College, in our local communities, and nationally. You may find links to and information about educational and training resources, as well as materials for personal growth.