A Community of True Belonging

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 identified female and male Black graduates, Mabel Watson Raimey 1918 and William Smith Noland 1875, and it aims to inspire a new era of giving.


The Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement (DDEEA) is focused on building a community of true belonging for every member of the UW–Madison community. It recruits and broadens access for historically underrepresented students through its innovative scholarship and service programs; makes sure that every student it serves can thrive and participate in valuable, high-impact educational practices; and serves as a convener, consultant, and catalyst for diversity and equity work happening across the campus. Gifts made through the Raimey-Noland Campaign are crucial to the growth and success of this mission.


DDEEA’s scholarship programs identify, recruit, retain, and support extraordinary students who come from historically underrepresented communities or are the first in their families to attend college. Together, these programs serve more than 1,700 scholars, and the division is focused on recruiting and serving more students.

  • The Mercile J. Lee Scholars Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious undergraduate scholarships on campus, supports the potential of especially talented individuals.
  • The First Wave Scholarship Program is the first and only hip-hop and urban arts college scholarship program in the country.
  • The Posse Program facilitates a community of learning and leadership by bringing to campus scholars with extraordinary potential who are often overlooked in the traditional application process.
  • PEOPLE: the Precollege Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence builds pathways to a Wisconsin education for historically underserved students from Madison and Milwaukee through enrichment and college preparedness programs beginning in eighth grade.


Research clearly shows that students — especially students from historically underserved populations — who participate in programs with wraparound support are not only more likely to enroll and remain at UW–Madison but have demonstrably better outcomes in their lives and careers after graduation compared to their nonparticipant peers. DDEEA’s programs are exemplars of the impact of these opportunities. We know we can do more.


DDEEA is committed to broadening student participation in the research work of our world-class university. Supporting access to undergraduate research for historically underserved students prepares those who are interested to pursue graduate education and become leaders in their fields. Participating in these opportunities is often not an option for students who can’t afford to take time away from work or to live away from home during the summer. More and larger research stipends will allow more students to make these opportunities a part of their Wisconsin Experience.


Study-abroad and study-away experiences change lives, and UW–Madison is among the country’s elite institutions in the number of students it connects to these opportunities. Unfortunately, the cost to participate in these programs means they are often unrealistic for historically underrepresented and first-generation students. Private support is a key part of our ability to provide grant dollars, so more students can participate in these transformational educational experiences.


Internships build experiences and networks that have an enormous impact on students’ ability to launch and thrive in their early careers. However, many students without the security of funding can’t afford to take internships, especially when those opportunities are far from home, unpaid, or both. Increased funding will allow us to provide stipends that open doors for students regardless of their resources and support the staffing necessary to pair students with internship opportunities that will help them launch successful careers.

“The research is clear: these high-impact practice programs have a transformative effect on student success and outcomes, particularly for underrepresented and first-generation students. By growing our offerings in these spaces, we will help ensure that these Badgers will not simply survive at Wisconsin. They will thrive.”

LaVar Charleston MS’07, PhD’10
Deputy Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer

LaVar Charleston MS’07, PhD’10, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer

Photo by Bryce Richter

Joshua Woolfolk
Senior Director of Development
Phone: 608-416-0192
Email: [email protected]

The Raimey-Noland Campaign 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.