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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. Find a mentor, meet STEM alumni, take a break and finish a puzzle with friends. All events are free and open to all UW-Madison students. Questions? Contact Heather Shimon, heather.shimon@wisc.edu.

Finding Yourself in STEM fall 2019 events schedule. All events in the in the BioCommons at Steenbock Library

Self-Care Sundays:

  • Sunday, September 15, 2:00 -3:00 p.m., Self-Care Sundays Kickoff event with BadgerSPILL. Adorable succulent tealight candles, paint your own mini clay pot, and talk with BadgerSPILL representatives! Please burn candles responsibly and do not leave a lit candle unmonitored. Burning candles in residence halls, including guest rooms and public spaces, is prohibited.
  • Sunday, October 20, 2:00 -3:00 p.m., Free drop-in yoga
  • Sunday, November 17, 2:00 -3:00 p.m., Button making & puzzles
  • Sunday, December 8, 2:00 -3:00 p.m., De-stress by painting with Bob Ross

Finding Yourself in STEM evening events:

  • Tuesday, November 5, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., Exploring a Major in STEM — get advice from peers and advisors on a variety of majors.
  • Thursday, November 14, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., Network with STEM Alumni — build your network and get advice from those who have been in your shoes!

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.


  • Black History Month

  • Women in Science