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Advancing our Diversity Commitments: Guided by our Dominican Values
2020-2021 academic year diversity update
The 2020-2021 academic year continued to be a challenging year for our campus community as we battled the global pandemic. The 2020 fall semester curriculum was largely delivered in an online format and many of us continued to shelter in place and work from our home offices to help stop the spread of COVID-19. As things slowly started to open in the spring semester, campus life also began to reemerge. Offices began to re-open, more faculty were offering in-person classes, and leadership made a commitment to “return to better” and offer in-person classes during the 2021-2022 academic year.
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Edgewood College Celebrates Pride Festival
National Coming Out Day

Edgewood College faculty, staff, and students came together on October 11, 2021, to celebrate National Coming Out Day! The festivities of the day included a Pride Walk and a Pride Picnic. One attendee stated "This day is so symbolic to the LGBTQ+ Community... No matter where you're at in your own Queer journey, today reminds us all that our community is continually growing and changing."

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Edgewood College Named as "Best for Vets: Colleges" List
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Edgewood College has been named to the Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2021 list. This marks the fifth year Edgewood College has earned this honor.

For the first time, Edgewood College is ranked in the top 50 of colleges and universities across the U.S.  The College is the highest rated institution of the six colleges and universities in Wisconsin who received this honor.

More than 300 schools participated in the latest Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges survey, which included more than 70 questions seeking details about the school’s costs, programs, policies, and services that impact military-connected students. Federal data from the U.S. Departments of Education, Veterans Affairs and Defense, were also considered.

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New Vice President for Mission, Values, and Inclusion
Dr. Milton Bravo

Edgewood College is pleased to announce the appointment of Milton Javier Bravo, Ph.D., to the new post of Vice President for Mission, Values, and Inclusion. The announcement is the culmination of an exhaustive national search lasting more than a year. The Cabinet-level position will oversee all institutional efforts that express the Dominican Catholic mission and values of Edgewood College, which includes ongoing work toward dismantling racism through diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Dr. Scott Ellsworth Featured Keynote
Hatheway History Lecture Series

Edgewood College is honored to welcome Dr. Scott Ellsworth, author of the best-selling book The Ground Breaking, for a special Hatheway History Lecture. The lecture is at 7:00 pm, Wednesday, September 22, 2021, in Anderson Auditorium. The event is free, and Greater Madison is invited. The event will also be streamed via WebEx (link below).

Published this year, The Ground Breaking tells the long-suppressed story of the notorious Tulsa Race Massacre, which sees its 100th anniversary this year.  The book also unearths the lost history of how the massacre was covered up, and of the courageous individuals who fought to keep the story alive.

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A Dominican Vision for Antiracism

We have embraced the vision of becoming antiracist and multicultural by intentionally dismantling our racist structures, practices, and procedures. We want to collaborate and work together as a collective with others who challenge racism in the world. Together, we will transform our world into a holy and just society for all.
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Ty Williams

Nov 5, 2018, 14:04 PM
“I volunteered a lot - through different community centers, working with youth, working with adults, working with disadvantaged communities. I kept those relationships going through my professional life.”
Ty Williams wants young people to 'pave their own path.'
Graduation Year : '12
In many ways, Tyrone Cratic Williams ’12 personifies the power of a liberal arts education. He arrived at Edgewood College as part of the first cohort of the Community Scholars program, an initiative that supports Dane County students who have high financial need and a commitment to community service. Williams began his journey as an Accounting major, then changed to Graphic Design. When he completed his degree in 2012, he graduated with a B.A. in Art, with a minor in Ethnic Studies. Today, he is a City of Madison Police Officer. 

“It’s a wide, diverse range of skills that I’ve accumulated, and it all comes together to help me work with diverse populations,” he says with a smile that is infectious. “I can effectively communicate with a lot of different kinds of people, and really relate to them, because I’ve been in a lot of situations where people who are younger than me find themselves.”

A casual reader might assume that a story about Community Impact featuring a recent graduate who is a police officer would be, well, about working as a police office in Madison. In Williams’ case, it’s what he does away from the Madison Police Department that makes a big difference in the lives of the young people he reaches. 

His passion is speaking with and mentoring young people about entering the work force, about the realities of the ‘real world,’ and about taking control – and responsibility. 
His first work after graduation was with Commonwealth Development, a non-profit in Madison that focuses on improving the housing, business, racial equity and public health of Madison’s older neighborhoods. Williams mentored young people about career readiness, and financial literacy. As a recent graduate, he had plenty of personal experience to share.

“I didn’t have anyone as I was growing up who really sat down and explained to me how our credit system works and how important it is for getting a good apartment, or getting a low rate on your car,” he says. 

What started as a job has become a central focus of Williams’ life – nearly all his time away from the streets of Madison is occupied by his service to others.

“I’m very active in the community, and that goes back to my time at Edgewood College,” he says. “I volunteered a lot - through different community centers, working with youth, working with adults, working with disadvantaged communities. I kept those relationships going through my professional life.”

Today, he’s starting to see the results of his early work at Commonwealth Development, as some of those young people he’s mentored continue their journeys.

“I’ve had students there who remember me now,” he says. “Working in the community as a police officer, and working around the city, I now get to see these young adults. It always feels good when students recognize me, and give a big smile. It’s the best feeling.”
Recently Williams served as a guest panelist for the inaugural MLK College Readiness & Success Summit, held at Edgewood College in January 2018. 

With a very serious “day-job,” and with his other time devoted to working with young people, does Officer Williams have any time for fun? 

“Once you get ahold of your financial situation, and really take control of your money, that’s an experience that releases a ton of stress,” he says. He’s made time to travel outside the country on several occasions, taking well-earned vacations from his work making a difference, both personally and professionally. 

Oh, and then there’s his latest project. He’s created his own company to help spread his message of financial literacy and responsibility to reach a wider audience. “Cratic Capital Development,” he says smiling. “I envision it being another resource for financial literacy education. I’m now certified through the National Financial Education Council. Even though I’ve gone through Edgewood College’s NIFEL program, and have several years’ experience doing this, I want to continue to be an adult learner,” he says. 

“I have a saying: ‘financial literacy is crucial in navigating this minefield called life. For if we do not know or truly understand the systems we are in, inevitably we will cripple ourselves or walk the path paved for us by someone else.’”

“We all have roadblocks,” he says. “I just want to assist people in hurdling those roadblocks, because I’ve definitely been there.”
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