The F&WE community shares in the sadness and frustration over the repeated and senseless acts of brutality against Black, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI), Indigenous, Latinx and other vulnerable communities. These acts include – but are not limited to – the killings of Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Sean Monterrosa, and George Floyd, and the mass murder in Atlanta, Ga, that killed eight women, six of whom were of Asian descent. Of course, these are only the most recent tragic and horrendous acts of violence stemming from systemic racism in our country. We condemn racism and stand in solidarity with those who wish to end racial injustices. As a department, we are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment that welcomes, values, and respects everyone.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison occupies Ho-Chunk Land, a place their nation has called Teejop (Day-JOPE) since time immemorial. In an 1832 treaty, the Ho-Chunk were forced to cede this territory. Decades of ethnic cleansing followed when both the federal and state government repeatedly, but unsuccessfully, sought to forcibly remove the Ho-Chunk from Wisconsin.
This history of colonization informs our shared future of collaboration and innovation. Today, UW-Madison respects the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation, along with the eleven other First Nations of Wisconsin.
Please take a moment to consider the many legacies of violence, displacement, migration and settlement that bring us together here today. And please join us in uncovering such truths every day. Learn more about the Department’s Mission and Values.