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Is the initiative active?(*REQUIRED)Indication of whether you are actively planning to continue the initiative in the future. If you plan to continue this effort, select Active.
Title(*REQUIRED)Name of your initiative
Graduate and Professional Students with Disabilities Initiative
AcronymShort name to identify initiative (e.g., DI, DDEEA, UHS)
TypeCategory that best characterizes your initiative
Description of initiativeDescription of initiative
The Graduate and Professional Students with Disabilities Initiative is a student-led group that offers a confidential environment to support GPSD in their academic and professional lives. Disabilities are understood in the broadest possible terms and students do not need to be registered with the McBurney Disability Resource Center to contribute to this group. We feel it’s easier to talk to people who are our peers, to experiment with issues that concern us and develop professional skills. As fellow grads, we can support each other in the effort to resolve obstacles, in a low-stakes context, and then communicate more confidently with institutional stakeholders. We are a safe place for people with disabilities to talk about their experiences in navigating the university. We discuss challenges related to our roles, and to school policies and procedures, while facilitating communication with allies and resources. Our long-term institutional goal is to work with other graduate and professional groups at UW to create a honeycomb network so that students may be resources to other students and encourage a give-and-take of ideas and opinions, following the University’s guiding principle.
This initiative is on behalf of a registered student organization (RSO)Registered Student Organizations (RSO) are groups or associations that are operated by students at UW-Madison who are registered with the Center for Leadership and Involvement
Initiative is not on behalf of a RSO.
Division (Department)-Unit(*REQUIRED)Division, department, and unit responsible for initiative
College of Letters and Science (COMPUTER SCIENCES)-COMPUTER SCI*COMP SCI
Founding date(*REQUIRED)Date the initiative first took place. For events, this can be the same as the date the initiative took place, especially if it is a one-time event.
Initiative mission statementGive a formal summary of the aims and values of the initiative or a live link
The purpose of the group is to provide a safe and confidential environment in which to support GPSD in their academic, professional and personal endeavors.
Vision statementGive an aspirational description of what your initiative would like to achieve or accomplish in the mid-term or long-term future, or provide a live link
Website URLProvide initiatives website URL. If there is none, please leave blank.
Initiative Start DateThe date the initiative began this fiscal year
Initiative end dateSelect the date the initiative ends this fiscal year
TagsTags are labels used to group similar initiatives
Academic: Advising, Tutoring, Class, Course, Lecture, Career/Professional Development: Training, Class, Course, Leadership, Career Services, Fundraising, Scholarship, Recruitment, Volunteer
Initiative Data for Fiscal Year:
(*REQUIRED)Number of people who participated in the initiative
(*REQUIRED)Indicate whether or not participants had to pay a fee to participate
Indicate whether the initiative is open to those that were not a part of the targeted audience
Population Served(*REQUIRED)Intended audience of initiative:
StudentClinical Doctorate Students
First-Generation College Students
AbilityPerson(s) with a Disability
EthnicityHispanic (Cuban, Puerto Rican, Mexican, Mexican American, Chicanx)
Transgender, Non-binary/genderqueer/gender fluid, Intersex, Stud/boi, Two Spirit, Not Listed
Bisexual/pansexual/fluid, Same gender loving, Two Spirit, Not Listed
American Indian/Alaska Native
Asian-Southeast (Cambodian, Vietnamese, Hmong, Laotian)
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
FY-2018 Contacts, Departments, and Sponsors(*REQUIRED)
FY-2018 General Information(*REQUIRED)
DescriptionGive a statement that describes the purpose or intent of what the initiative sets out to accomplish.
Goals for group 1) Work with board to help iterate the vision and the priorities of the members 2) Offer the best possible support and advocacy 3) Plan and create awareness raising events on campus 4) Create honeycomb network to better collaborate with relevant groups on campus 5) Raise funds to create permanent paid positions 6) Continue working on policies and procedures for the group to function effectively 7) Continue collecting data to gain knowledge about members’ issues and challenges and better define the needs of the group 8) Use data to develop the necessary information to ensure the UW-Madison meets the needs of the GPSD 9) Create a long-term vision 10) Create overall strategy to promote GPSD on campus 11) Develop report about the group for interested persons
StatusSelect the current state of the goal at this time