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.

Upcoming IDS Seminars

April 26: Chris Rider (University of Michigan)

Picture from front of seminar room looking at audience of Institute for Diversity Science seminar.

Brauer on "The Latest Research Around Creating Inclusive Environments"

On October 24th, IDS Executive Director Markus Brauer spoke with UW–Madison's Badger Talks audience about what we know about creating inclusive environments and how we can evaluate those efforts.

2023 IDS Seed Grant Recipients Announced

The IDS Seed Grant Program aims to support innovative research in the field of diversity science at UW-Madison. Read about the 14 funded projects at the link 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.