The APIDA community in Wisconsin: Our lived experiences on campus and beyond

ssel Almuratova, PhD Candidate in Slavic Languages and Literature, was a panelist on “The APIDA Community in Wisconsin: Our Lived Experiences on Campus and Beyond” as part of the November 2021 UW–Madison Diversity Forum.

In the session, APIDA-identifying faculty, staff, and students at UW-Madison shed light on the varied backgrounds and shared experiences of the Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American (APIDA) community on campus. They discussed the need for stronger community among APIDA colleagues and addressed how the university community can create a more inclusive environment.

Almuratova earned a BA in World Languages and Literatures from Nazarbayev University and has taught a range of Russian-language courses at UW-Madison. Her dissertation examines the representation of the Asiatic space in contemporary Russian novels and explores how this representation is connected to the negotiation of Russian identity.

Stream the panel discussion on YouTube here. The conference program and other recorded sessions are located here.

LaVar J. Charleston, deputy vice chancellor for diversity & inclusion at the UW–Madison, introduces the panel discussion during the Diversity Forum in Union South’s Varsity Hall at the University of Wisconsin–Madison on Nov. 2, 2021. Charleston serves as UW–Madison’s vice provost and chief diversity officer as well as the Elzie Higginbottom director of the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement (DDEEA). (Photo by Jeff Miller / UW–Madison)