Five upright bass players practice on the UW–Madison campus during Summer Music Clinic.
Five upright bass players practice on the UW–Madison campus during Summer Music Clinic.

About SMC

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Summer Music Clinic and Badger Precollege are guided by values for inclusivity and equity and strive to provide access to any middle school or high school-aged musician who wants to participate. Summer Music Clinic and  Badger Precollege uphold the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s commitment to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion as we seek to create programming that values the richness of diversity and the importance of an inclusive community of students, faculty and staff. We strive to increase accessibility to quality precollege programs for ALL students.

Our students are the embodiment of our hopes for a better future and deserve a platform that encourages dialogue and harnesses the unbridled passion for social justice that our youth possess. To this end, we endeavor to educate and entrust our community to use their voices to foster meaningful change for a more inclusive and just world by providing a welcoming environment for inquiry, reflection and shared accountability.

We further recognize that this is an ongoing task, and we are dedicated to investing the time and effort required to bring about such change.

Badger Precollege supports diversity initiatives in all of our programs by developing innovative, inclusive curricula designed to promote critical thinking, cultural competencies and social justice. We provide faculty, staff, families and students with resources to continuously engage in our joint efforts to combat inequities in our community and beyond.

We lead by example in hosting the annual Latino Youth Summit here on the UW–Madison campus and by offering LGBTQ+-inclusive housing options in our residential programs. Fostering strategic partnerships to increase diversity admissions and fully leveraging available funds to allocate scholarships are top priorities at Badger Precollege. Learn more about our commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity.