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Sunday, March 03, 2024

A call to action for the campus social climate

The Daily Cardinal is pleased to announce the first of three special issues this semester dedicated to exploring topics challenging to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the surrounding community. The publications will form a series we call The Daily Cardinal Action Project, an effort to inform the campus community about pertinent issues and spark action.

The first issue of the Action Project will delve into racial, ethnic, sexual, gender and geopolitical issues permeating UW-Madison’s campus and how they affect students, faculty members and other groups. In the issue, which will be on stands the week of Monday, Feb. 24, we plan to examine the upcoming Diversity Plan, analyze admissions numbers from different areas of Wisconsin and look into what various branches of campus are doing to improve the university’s social environment.

But The Daily Cardinal does not represent all groups within UW-Madison’s community. More importantly, we do not know what each student’s college experience is like. However, we know there are many feelings buzzing around campus, and it is our intent The Daily Cardinal can serve as a forum to voice these sentiments.

For this reason, we would like to call on members of the campus community to share their experiences and opinions on the current climate at UW-Madison. In the coming week, we ask you to share your insights in the form of letters and tweets to be published in our first Action Project issue. This is a time to highlight problems as well as advances groups have taken to make this campus a positive place for people of all backgrounds.

We will be accepting submissions in consideration for the Feb. 24 issue until Saturday, Feb. 22 and hope to receive more feedback in the weeks following the issue’s publication. Please send letters to actionproject@dailycardinal.com or tweet @dailycardinal using the hashtag #dcactionproject.

While the campus is moving forward in fostering an inclusive environment, there is work to be done, and the UW administration cannot be the only player in this initiative. The issue of the campus social climate needs to be discussed by the entire community, not just a small committee in Bascom Hall or a newspaper’s editorial board.

We thank the Evjue Foundation for its financial support that makes this project possible.

We look forward to including your perspectives in our first Action Project publication.

Please send all feedback to actionproject@dailycardinal.com or tweet @dailycardinal using the hashtag #dcactionproject. For more information, please email edit@dailycardinal.com.

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