The Institute for Diversity Science (IDS) is a research institute at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Its affiliated researchers conduct basic, applied, and translational research on the causes of group-based discrimination and effective ways to eliminate them. It provides an intellectual hub and collaborative research infrastructure for diversity scientists from all colleges and schools of UW–Madison. The institute also accommodates visiting fellows from other universities who spend time at the IDS to conduct diversity-related research.

Mini Conference on Current IDS Research

On Monday, September 9, 2024, (2:00-4:15 pm), IDS Affiliates who received Seed Grants will offer fast-paced presentations of their research and findings. All Affiliates, Graduate Fellows, as well as the larger campus community are welcome.

Karumbaiah Named Morgridge Fellow

IDS Affiliate Shamya Karumbaiah is one of 15 UW-Madison faculty and campus community members who was recently named a 2024-2025 Morgridge Fellow.

IDS Webinar Recording: Equity Issues around Disability and Aging

Learn about research around the intersection of disability and aging by watching the recording of our April 2024 webinar featuring Lauren Bishop, Judy Goldberg-Dey, and Gina Green-Harris.

IDS Seed Grant Program

The IDS Seed Grant Program supports innovative research in the field of diversity science at UW-Madison. Learn about the 2024 Seed Grant Program call for applications or read about currently funded projects at the links below.

What is Diversity Science?

Diversity science is a field of investigation that uses rigorous empirical methods to examine issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is an interdisciplinary field that tries to understand what can be done to reduce group-based discrimination, promote the inclusion of members of marginalized groups, and create a society where members of all groups can thrive. The goal of diversity science is to identify the factors that contribute to the maintenance of group-based inequalities, while devising strategies to enact positive social change.

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The Institute for Diversity Science acknowledges that the University of Wisconsin–Madison occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land, a place their nation has called Teejop since time immemorial.