Blank’s Slate

A Blog by UW–Madison Chancellor Becky Blank


Supporting our campus community

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this message included language that was stigmatizing to those experiencing mental health issues. UW-Madison and University Communications are committed to supporting the mental health needs of our community along with the use of welcoming and inclusive language in its communications. We apologize for the impact of this error on our community.

This past month has been unusual. Like many of you, I’m working from home, occasionally struggling to make the video or audio work in a shared conversation, and shouting hello at my neighbors from a safe distance. I don’t have to tell you that we are in a time of great uncertainty and change. We’re all feeling it in many areas of our lives.

Renewing our commitments

Welcome to 2020. The beginning of a new year offers an opportunity to create new resolutions and renew commitments we’ve made in the past. Last fall, a teachable moment around the student-produced Homecoming video reminded… Read More

Semester’s End

Another semester has come and gone. We graduated 1,770 students at the end of December, many of them joining us in the Kohl Center for the ceremony. The Winter Commencement address was delivered by Jason… Read More