Everyone Belongs in Education

Raimey-Noland Campaign

Badgers open doors. The Raimey-Noland Campaign is another step in UW–Madison’s efforts to promote a sense of belonging among all members of the campus community. Within every program on campus, we hope to see a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. This campaign draws attention to and seeks support for work that creates a community of many perspectives where people feel they belong — work going on at the broad campus level and within individual units, as well as in athletics programs. The campaign’s name honors the UW’s first known female and male Black graduates, Mabel Watson Raimey 1918 and William Smith Noland 1875, and it aims to inspire a new era of giving.  

Student poses for a picture. In the background, a mural reads 'Diversity is our strength'


In the next phase of Impact 2030, the School of Education is transforming its scholarship approach and ensuring that students have access to the highest quality of academic excellence in arts, health, and education. The school proposes a bold, multiprong approach to attract and enroll greater numbers of underrepresented and first-generation students from Wisconsin and around the country to create a more diverse student body.

Students in class

Photo by Sarah Maughan


The Pathways Program will increase enrollment of first-generation students and those from underrepresented backgrounds. The school intends to invest in a series of new Pathway relationships with Wisconsin’s five largest, most diverse districts — Green Bay, Kenosha, Madison, Milwaukee, and Racine — similar to Pathways already in place with schools serving high populations of Indigenous students. Despite recent gains, the School of Education has proportionally low enrollment from these districts and schools. The Pathways Program is a precollege preparation and recruitment effort that helps develop trusted relationships with high schools through collaboration at all levels. The aim is to increase enrollment of high-achieving students who might not otherwise have considered attending UW–Madison and to support them through graduation


The Impact 2030 Scholars Program invests in four cohorts of 100 remarkable young people, the first arriving in 2024 and the last graduating in 2031. Recruited from across Wisconsin and around the nation, these students will receive full-cost-of-attendance scholarship support for four years, and they’ll have guaranteed access and funding for unique educational experiences. A two-week summer transition course will provide them with the community and mentoring infrastructure to thrive in the School of Education from enrollment through graduation. Further, they will receive guaranteed funds to study abroad, participate in paid internships, and experience hands-on research opportunities.


To attract the brightest students, UW–Madison must offer financial packages that are competitive with those that peer schools provide. The School of Education and the Office of Student Financial Aid are now able to use scholarships to recruit potential incoming freshmen, using central financial aid funding in combination with existing School of Education scholarships and discretionary Impact 2030 funding. The school’s leaders are eager to see this new approach increase enrollment, particularly among underrepresented and first-generation students.

“At the School of Education, we are committed to our diversity and equity mission and building trusted relationships with underrepresented and first-generation students who have traditionally not viewed UW–Madison as an option. We believe these programs have the potential to reduce barriers to access so these students will not only consider joining our School of Education, but they’ll thrive when they come here.”

Diana Hess
Dean, School of Education

Diana Hess, School of Education

Photo by Jeff Miller

Betsy Burns
Associate Vice President and Managing Director
Phone: 608-712-9376
Email: [email protected]

The Raimey-Noland Campaign for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging supports a variety of funds that reflect its multifaceted goals: to enroll more students from underrepresented backgrounds, attract diverse faculty and mentors, support research on social and racial justice issues, and provide more academic support and career preparation to enable a thriving campus community.