The Great Divide: Racial disparities on the UW-Madison campus and throughout Wisconsin

Students of all races and ethnicities advocate for diversity on campus. Photo Credit:

By Rebecca Otis

Scrolling through Facebook and other social media platforms is a common activity between classes for University of Wisconsin-Madison students campus, but in early 2016 they came across some images they weren’t expecting.

At the top of Bascom Hill, student after student holding whiteboards began to emerge, each with a different but resounding message about the UW campus. The white boards said things such as, “You’re from South Side Chicago, right? I’m surprised you talk really well,” and “It’s because you’re Asian.” Each of these messages was also followed by #TheRealUW.

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