Reviewing human resources processes through the lens of diversity, equity and inclusion

A student group in Industrial Systems & Engineering was tasked with performing a Human Resources Audit of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Village of Waunakee. After the murder of George Floyd, the Village of Waunakee wanted to do their part to end systemic racism. The Village of Waunakee in Wisconsin is located about 20 […]

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Improving diversity, equity and inclusion practices of Human Resources management in the Waunakee Administrator’s Office

A Management & Human Resources class analyzed the village of Waunakee’s Human Resources Department and offered recommentions to hire more diverse employees to widen diversity within the community, eliminate unconsious biases, and ensure equitable working conditions through the development of a step-by-step action plan. UniverCity Year Contact Info: UniverCityAlliance@wisc.edu […]

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Improving diversity, equity and inclusion communication practices in Waunakee

A Management & Human Resources class analyzed the village of Waunakee’s current communications practice through a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens to evaluate what improvements to make to reach diverse groups of residents. UniverCity Year Contact Info: UniverCityAlliance@wisc.edu […]

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Reviewing policing practices and policies in Waunakee

In the summer of 2021, UW-Madison’s UniverCity Alliance and the Village of Waunakeecollaborated on several projects surrounding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. One focus area wasthe Waunakee Police Department, as more equitable and progessive policing has increasinglybecome a topic relevant both on the national stage and in Waunakee. This report is the product ofthe research produced; […]

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Conducting an audit of Waunakee’s municipal code for diversity, equity, and inclusion elements

In the summer and fall of 2021, UW-Madison’s UniverCity Alliance and the Village ofWaunakee collaborated on several projects surrounding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).This report presents the findings of an audit of the Village of Waunakee’s municipal code forelements of DEI. Representatives from Waunakee described the Village’s DEI initiative as beinggenerally aimed at creating a […]

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Exploring a land acknowledgment statement for Waunakee

This land acknowledgement was created in collaboration with the Ho-Chunk Nation, the Village of Waunakee, UniverCity Year, and the UW-Madison Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies. Specifically, we would like to thank Jessie Conaway, Sarah Lemiuex, Josie Lee, Ryan Greendeer, Tom Wilson, and Todd Schmidt for their support in creating this statement. This land acknowledgment was […]

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Developing cultural resources management protocol for Waunakee

In the spring of 2021, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies partnered with the Ho-Chunk Nation and the Village of Waunakee through UniverCity Alliance. Undergraduate Students in their Environmental Studies Capstone Class worked in collaboration with Ho-Chunk Nation and Waunakee to recommend guidelines and protocols for Ho-Chunk Nation cultural resource management in […]

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Designing community- based installations of Ho-Chunk culture in Ripp Park Waunakee

The aim of this project is to educate visitors at Ripp Park about Ho-Chunk history, language, culture, and ecology. This project has been developed through collaboration among representatives from Ho-Chunk Nation, the Village of Waunakee, and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW Madison. As a part of the UniverCity Year project in Waunakee, […]

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Mapping Ho-Chunk cultural resources in Waunakee

Travel routes used by the Ho-Chunk Nation wind their way through the Dejope or Four Lakes region, which includes Wisconsin. Though in some cases they have morphed into modern roads and walking paths, many of the original paths exist only in scattered historical records and living memory. Combining investigation and historical work and in collaboration […]

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Creating the ‘Waunakee is Home’ media campaign

The positioning strategy of the campaign will focus on promoting the value of diversity within Waunakee. Over the past few years, diversity has become a “buzzword”that has become politicized. As a result, it is important for campaign messaging to strive to be nonpolitical and non-polarizing in order to avoid resistance and community backlash. Toward this […]

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