Vicki C. Washington

Associate Vice President for EDI

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Vicki Washington


Associate Vice President for Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Student Success

Vicki Washington is the Associate Vice President for Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Student Success in the University Of Wisconsin System Office Of Academic Affairs, a position she has held since 2008. Vicki first joined UW System in 2005 when she left her position at UW Extension to accept the appointment of the Interim Assistant Vice President for the Office of Academic Diversity and Development in UW System Academic Affairs (hereinafter called The Office of IDEASS).  The UW System Office of IDEASS provides leadership and support for several system- and statewide initiatives to increase access, retention and success for populations of students traditionally underrepresented in higher education - racial/ethnic minority, low-income, first generation, and for LGBTQ students, including work with the UW System’s Delivery Team;  Inclusive Excellence, the UW System’s current strategic directions to achieve equity, diversity and inclusion; the Equity Scorecard, and the Wisconsin Transfer Equity Projects, collaborative projects with the Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California; the Climate Assessment Survey; the UW System’s President's Council on Diversity; KnowHow2Go Wisconsin, a partnership with the Great Lakes Higher Education Board and the Wisconsin Technical College System funded by the Lumina Foundation; COMPASS, a collaborative project involving three state higher education systems (California, Oregon and Wisconsin) and the American Association of Colleges and Universities; and Access2Success, a national project spearheaded by the Education Trust and NASH (National Association of System Heads.)

Biographical Summary

In Wisconsin during 2010 and 2011, Vicki presented on Inclusive Excellence and Increasing Civility in the Workplace, the Equity Scorecard Project at national conferences including in 2006 and 2007 at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE); in 2007 at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE); about the COMPASS Project in 2009 at the national conference for the American Association of Colleges and Universities. While at UW Extension, she provided leadership for implementation of its award-winning statewide Multicultural Awareness Training Program, which also included a train-the-trainer component.  She also developed two regional “diversity” seminars for the Wisconsin Rural Leadership program which was held in higher education and civil rights organizations in Georgia and Alabama. Those programs examined issues of race and racism in the context of the U.S. civil rights movement and their continuing implications for African Americans and others.

Vicki completed the Harvard Institute for Higher Education in 2010.  She has received many professional certifications, recognitions, awards for her work, including trainer certification for the UW Colleges and UW Extension Multicultural Awareness Program in 2007 and Recertification in 2011.  As a member of the Multicultural Awareness Facilitator Team, Vicki received the UW System Board of Regents Diversity Award and the Ann Lydecker Educational Award for the State of Wisconsin.  Vicki is a previous recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction, twice a recipient of the UW System Women of Color Award (for UW Extension and for UW System) and the City of Madison awarded her the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award for her work and contributions as a member and President of the Madison Equal Opportunities Commission.  She has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Spelman College and her Juris Doctor degree from North Carolina Central University.