What is E. I. D.?

E.I.D. stands for Engagement, Inclusion, and Diversity.

Engagement is the feeling of being fully involved in and enthusiastic about work. Engaged employees have a heightened connection to their work, the organization and its mission and their co-workers. Engaged employees find personal meaning in their work and are more likely to go above the minimum and expend “discretionary effort.”

Inclusion refers to a sense of belonging; feeling respected, valued, and seen for who you are and valued as a contributing member of the team, workgroup, or organization. An inclusive culture is one in which barriers to contribution and negative biases are eliminated, and people are respected and able to give their personal best.

Diversity is the range of human qualities that impact and influence how people are perceived and how they behave. These qualities include but are not limited to age, gender, race, ethnicity, color, physical and mental attributes, sexual orientation, marital status, geography, location, spirituality, education, and values and beliefs.

While each of these terms reflects a discrete body of knowledge and set of practices, they are related and all support and contribute to a high performing work environment.

To better understand the EID Committee’s purpose and activities please review our charter (Updated August 2020).

EID Plans And Reports

EID Committee Members

Sarah Demont

Credentials: Verona Operations

Email: sarah.demont@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 497-4440

Michelle Discher

Credentials: Risk Management

Email: michelle.discher@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 265-9475

Alex Grismore

Credentials: Verona Operations

Email: grismore@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 497-4420

Dawn Rekoske

Credentials: CMCT

Email: dawn.rekoske@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 262-9680

Michael Verhagen

Credentials: Financial Info. Mgmt.

Email: mrverhagen@wisc.edu

Andrew Waskow

Credentials: Disbursements

Email: waskow@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 265-1120

Matt Wethal

Credentials: Verona Operations

Email: matthew.wethal@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 497-4421

Megan Williams

Credentials: Purchasing Services, EID Chair*

Email: mawilliams6@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 262-0059

*Represents Business Services on the VCFA E.I.D. Council

EID Announcements and Events



There are no upcoming events at this time.


Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background – people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.