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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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November: Celebrating Native American Heritage

Native American Resources

Embers: One Ojibway's Meditations

(Available as an e-audio book)

Richard Wagamese

Book Cover: Embers by Richard Wagamese

Ojibwe author Richard Wagamese finds lessons in both the mundane and sublime as he muses on the universe, drawing inspiration from working in the bush--sawing and cutting and stacking wood for winter as well as the smudge ceremony to bring him closer to the Creator. He explores the various manifestations of grief, joy, recovery, beauty, gratitude, physicality and spirituality--concepts many find hard to express. But for Wagamese, spirituality is multifaceted. Within these pages, readers will find hard-won and concrete wisdom on how to feel the joy in the everyday things. 

     You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir    

(Print book available)

Sherman Alexie

Book Cover: You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie


Sherman Alexie's soulful, compassionate tribute to his profoundly challenging late mother is by turns explosive, uproarious, and haunting. In You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, Alexie—a National Book Award winner best known for his stunning fiction—grapples with the real-life ghosts of his traumatic childhood on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Alexie writes like a dream, using poetry and prose to wring humor from even his most nightmarish memories.

Firekeeper's Daughter

(YA fiction, available in print)

Angeline Boulley

Firekeeper's Daughter: Book Cover


Daunis, who is part Ojibwe, defers attending the University of Michigan to care for her mother and reluctantly becomes involved in the investigation of a series of drug-related deaths.Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, either in her hometown or on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. She dreams of college, but when her family is struck by tragedy she puts her future on hold to care for her fragile mother. The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, a new recruit on her brother Levi's hockey team. When Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, she reluctantly agrees to go undercover, drawing on her knowledge of chemistry and Ojibwe traditional medicine to track down the source of a new drug. How far will she go to protect her community, if it threatens to tear apart the only world she's ever known?

Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians
But Were Afraid to Ask

(available in Print and e-book)

Anton Treuer

Book Cover: Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians but were afraid to ask


White/Indian relations are often characterized by guilt and anger. Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians But Were Afraid to Ask cuts through the emotion and builds a foundation for true understanding and positive action.

• What is the real story of Thanksgiving?
• Why are tribal languages important?
• What do you think of that incident where people died in a sweat lodge?

Dr. Anton Treuer (Ojibwe) is Executive Director of the American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State University. 



Local Resources

Recollection Wisconsin-Native American and Indigenous History

Brings together digital cultural heritage resources from Wisconsin libraries, archives, museums and historical societies and shares them with the world in partnership with the Digital Public Library of America.

Madison Public Library-Native American Storyteller-in-Residence

From October through December, join Ho-Chunk Nation storyteller and tribal member AJ (Andi) Cloud for a variety of interactive storytelling and creative learning opportunities for all ages. 

Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice

Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice is based in Madison but is a statewide organization. Committed to justice for all peoples. Contains various Native American resources and organizations.  


Wisconsin First Nations
Provides a collection of resources for educators and pre-service teachers accurate and authentic educational materials for teaching about the American Indian Nations of Wisconsin. 


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Racing The Rez

Set against the iconic landscape of the Southwest, Racing the Rez promises to yield a powerful, intimate view of transformation and hope. In the rugged canyon lands of Northern Arizona, Navajo and Hopi cross-country runners from two rival high schools put it all on the line for Tribal pride, triumph over adversity and state championship glory. Win or lose, what they learn in the course of their seasons will have a dramatic effect on the rest of their lives. 


What Was Ours

An Eastern Shoshone elder and two Northern Arapaho youth living on the Wind River Indian Reservation attempt to learn why thousands of ancestral artifacts are in the darkness of underground archives of museums and churches, boxed away and forgotten. Like millions of indigenous people in many parts of the world, they do not control their own material culture. It is being preserved, locked away, by ‘outsiders’ who themselves do not know what they have.

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.