In Fall 2022, the latest period reported by the University of Wisconsin System, 2.4% of students at UW-Madison were Black.
There were 1,214 Black students; total enrollment was 49,587. Another 4% identified with two or more races.
At UW-Milwaukee, 6.7% of the 22,866 students were Black.
The figures reported date back to 2007. The highest percentage of black students at UW-Madison was 2.9% in 2007.
Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said on June 13, 2023, he wants to cut $32 million from the UW System, which he said is equal to what the system spends on diversity officers.
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said he wouldn’t sign the budget if Republicans follow through on that plan.
Diversity offices are designed to help minorities navigate academia. Monica Smith took over as the UW System’s diversity officer June 12, earning $225,000 a year.
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University of Wisconsin System Total enrollments by race/ethnicity – UW Madison
University of Wisconsin System Total enrollments by race/ethnicity – UW Milwaukee
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