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University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross announces the new UW System Diversity Council, which is an advisory body to the President on critical issues of diversity and inclusion affecting educational achievement, workforce development, and the future of Wisconsin’s economy.  The Council includes business and community leaders from across the state.

 “The Council’s connections to our communities will be key in helping our state prepare for an increasingly global world that values diversity and inclusion in the workplace. I look forward to working with the Council to better connect the UW System with communities statewide,” says UW System President Ray Cross.

On May 10, President Cross convened the inaugural meeting of his Diversity Council in Madison, where he thanked members for their participation and service on the advisory group.  Three important themes emerged during the conversation: education, employment, and health.  President Cross and the Council agreed that the next step is to develop a plan with specific ideas and action items based upon input from the Council members.

Cecil AdamsAfrican American Mutual Assistance Network, Inc.CEO and FounderLa Crosse
Craig AndersonAmerican Indian Chamber of Commerce of WIPresidentMilwaukee
Shenita BrokenburrUW SystemSenior Associate Vice PresidentMadison
Jessica CavazosLatino Chamber of Commerce of Dane CountyExecutive DirectorFitchburg
Rep. Jason FieldsWisconsin State AssemblyState Representative, 11th DistrictMilwaukee
Carl HamptonUW SystemSpecial Assistant – Diversity & InclusionMadison
Corey HoskinsUW-Parkside Student GovernmentVice PresidentKenosha
Jaimes JohnsonUW Credit UnionDirector of Community PartnershipsMadison
Timothy MahoneMahone StrategiesPresidentKenosha
Reggie NewsonAscension HealthVice President & Chief Advocacy OfficerGlendale
Rev. Tony PattersonMarathon County Diversity Affairs CommissionChairWausau
Paula PenebakerYWCA Southeast WisconsinPresident and CEOMilwaukee
Asifa Quraishi-LandesUniversity of Wisconsin Law SchoolAssociate ProfessorMadison
Gerard RandallMilwaukee Education PartnershipExecutive DirectorMilwaukee
Toni Rivera-JoachinCouncil for the Spanish Speaking, Inc.President and CEOMilwaukee
Sabrina RobinsTAPFIN, a ManpowerGroup CompanyDirector-OperationsAppleton
Rep. Jessie RodriguezWisconsin State AssemblyMajority Caucus SecretaryFranklin
Dennis ShieldsUW-PlattevilleChancellorPlatteville
John SimsU.S. BankPrivate Banking Relationship ManagerMadison
May yer ThaoHmong Wisconsin Chamber of CommerceExecutive DirectorMilwaukee
Manny VasquezPfefferle Companies, Inc.Vice PresidentAppleton
Bee YangHmong American Partnership Fox Valley, Inc.Executive DirectorNeenah


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