UW-Parkside’s commitment to diversity is reflected in a curriculum that prepares students from both genders and all racial, national and ethnic groups to live in a pluralistic society. All undergraduates complete courses in cultural diversity as a graduation requirement. Programs are offered in Ethnic Studies, International Studies and Women’s Studies.
UW-Parkside ranks among the top UW System campuses in employing and enrolling people of color. It is a leader in employing and enrolling women, and has been recognized for its efforts in making the campus accessible to students with disabilities. Programs and services specifically designed to assist students with disabilities are offered through Educational Support Services and the Student Health and Counseling Center.
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside was founded in 1968 to better serve the needs of a growing population in southeastern Wisconsin. Until that time, the cities of Racine and Kenosha each had a two-year University of Wisconsin College campus. Bringing the two schools together to create UW-Parkside gave students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree without incurring the cost of moving to and living in another part of the state.