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Why we need your support

The André De Shields Fund encourages creativity, imagination, and academic excellence by creating an inclusive campus through artistic expression. Your gifts will go towards artistic projects and performances created, performed, designed, or produced by undergraduate students (both arts majors and non-arts majors) at UW-Madison who are historically underrepresented on our stages and in our audiences. Representation matters. Your support will ensure students of color have access the experiences denied to André De Shields and will create a safe and welcoming environment for them to learn, develop, create, and perform on their college campus.

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André De Shields - How gifts make a difference

MATCHING GIFT AVAILABLE: Thanks to Andre De Shields, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar -- up to $5,000 -- during Day of the Badger.

The multi-talented André De Shields has it all — a Tony, a Grammy, an Obie, and an Emmy. He also has a diploma from Wisconsin’s flagship university. But as a student of color, he was denied opportunities on campus to exhibit his talent on stage. In recognition of the significant achievements in the performing arts by UW Madison alumnus André De Shields, and as a clarion call to enhance and improve the campus climate, the André De Shields Fund will support underrepresented UW-Madison undergraduate students with the resources and platforms for artistic expression that elevate the richness of our campus's diversity.

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