Diversity Affairs Office

Spring 2021 Operations Update

In accordance with the University’s COVID-19 Response plan, most student services operations and activities will be remote for the Spring 2021 semester. While access to in-person services are limited, we are committed to ensuring a safe, healthy, and successful school year for every student in the College of Engineering. More details can be found on the Spring 2021 information page.

DAO staff will be available remotely Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

  • All existing DAO student services will be provided by the DAO director and staff remotely. This includes individual or group advising, meetings between DAO staff and student organization members, LEED Scholars meetings, outreach activities, etc.
  • If you have a time-sensitive emergency, contact Jeff Scholl at or 608-263-5367.
  • DAO Advising services and individual meetings with DAO staff can be scheduled Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, or outside of these hours in special circumstances.
  • Students should use Starfish to schedule meetings with LEED Scholars’ advisor Jeff Scholl.
  • Meetings with Mary Fitzpatrick or other DAO staff (Derek Johnson, Kelsey Gockenbach, or Sara Rothe) can be scheduled by email.
  • Students who are part of DAO-affiliated organizations (LEED Scholars, SHPE, NSBE, SWE, QTE and AISES) will have access to Room 110, the back-room area of the DAO with a maximum of 2 people allowed in that space at a time.
  • In compliance with UW and College of Engineering policy, masks are required at all times.
  • No more than two individuals are permitted in the back-room space at any one time to allow for appropriate social distancing.
    • Appliances such as the coffee maker, toaster and other items previously available for common use in the back-room will not be accessible to students. Whiteboards will still be available.
    • Anything brought into Room 110 must be removed when you leave. No supplies or personal items can be left in the room. An exception to this is physical items owned by NSBE or SHPE, who have storage facilities in this space. NSBE or SHPE items should be stored in the cabinets reserved for this purpose.
    • The cubicle in Room 110 will be locked and will not be available for student use.
    • We will provide cleaning supplies in Room 110. Any students using the room are responsible for cleaning the surfaces of this space after each visit.

Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact the Diversity Affairs Office at

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Diversity Affairs Office

Through a variety of programs, the College of Engineering Diversity Affairs Office (DAO) attracts and supports academically talented women and students from groups historically underrepresented in the field of engineering. Currently, The DAO is comprised of four permanent staff and three student employees working as a team to support inclusiveness in UW Madison’s College of Engineering.

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