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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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February: 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?


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.


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.