Diversity, Inclusion & Equity at Steenbock

Statement of Values

The UW–Madison Libraries will continue to look for ways to eliminate undue hardship for the patrons who use our collections, services, and facilities. We will continue to work to ensure we provide welcoming and inclusive surroundings for all who wish to take advantage of our spaces and services. Actions meant to hurt, alienate, or divide this community will not be tolerated.” 

General Library System Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity, Inclusion & Equity at the Science and Engineering Libraries (DIESEL)

DIESEL guides and coordinates efforts within the Science and Engineering Libraries to promote diversity and inclusion within the libraries and on campus.

Science & Engineering Libraries include:

Services and Events

Finding Yourself in STEM

STEM majors can be isolating and hard to navigate. Finding Yourself in STEM is a student-led series to build community, practice self-care, and talk through how to succeed in the STEM fields. All events are free and open to all UW-Madison students. Questions? Contact Heather Shimon, heather.shimon@wisc.edu.

Spring 2021 Virtual Events via Zoom: register to receive connection information at: tinyurl.com/fyis-registration

  • Book Club, Wednesday, March 31, 6:00pm Central Time
    Join a discussion of the book, Race after Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code, by Ruha Benjamin, in which she defines the New Jim Code as “the employment of new technologies that reflect and reproduce existing inequities but that are promoted and perceived as more objective or progressive than discriminatory systems of a previous era.” Discussion will focus on Chapter 5: “Retooling Solidarity, Reimagining Justice,” but join our ongoing discussion board to explore all chapters as you read more.

    • For a free online version of the book, enter your NetID at: tinyurl.com/fyis-raceaftertech
    • We will also be joined by Sheriff Issaka and Keyi Wang to talk about AI4Afrika, a team of undergraduate innovators, who are building more inclusive AI technologies that address societal issues, especially those facing People of Color.
      • More information about AI4Afrika: Tuesday, March 16. 11am – 12:30pm Central Time via Zoom. Pre-registration required at https://bit.ly/wisc-ai4a
      • AI4Afrika invites you to engage with a panel of scholars and industry leaders who will discuss ways artificial intelligence can be leveraged for social good. In this conversation, we will emphasize the need for a human-centric approach to AI encapsulated in the African idea of uBuntu: ‘I am because we are.’ How can AI be used for social good? How can AI help battle systemic racism and bias? How can African-centered AI solve African problems? Join us to discuss these questions, and more. This event is sponsored by UW–Madison’s African Studies Program and the American Family Insurance Data Science Institute. Contact info: issaka@wisc.edu
  • Citizen Science & STEM Outreach Panel, Wednesday, April 14, 6:00pm Central Time
    Join us during Citizen Science Month (April!) as we speak with professionals and graduate students about the impacts and connections made through outreach. Panelists will share their motivations to pursue STEM and will answer questions about the various projects to which they have contributed.

    Panelists include: Natalie Bueno, Program and Partnership Coordinator, Northwestern University; Dr. Letimicia Fears, Resident Scientist, Vanderbilt University; Tomás Yan, Science Educator, Metro Nashville Public Schools; Sarah Dance, graduate student, UW-Madison Environmental Chemistry and Technology; Maddie Mathews, graduate student, UW-Madison Environmental Chemistry and Technology.

Library Spaces

If you need space to gather, meet, or plan, we’ve got you covered.

Building accessibility

Entrance on Babcock Drive (east side of building) has a power door with buttons for automatically opening doors.

Reflection Space

The space is intended for brief retreats from studying and users are encouraged to relax, take a moment and clear their minds.

Restroom Facilities

Restroom facilities can be found on each floor of the library.  A gender neutral and accessible restroom is located on the entrance level to the library.

Disability Services

The UW-Madison libraries are committed to providing access to all library facilities and collections for people with disabilities.



A home base for students in the biological sciences at UW-Madison.