Marie Miranda, a former provost at University of Notre Dame, wants to foster an environment of belonging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

One of five finalists for UW-Madison chancellor, Miranda spoke in a public forum Thursday at the Memorial Union and discussed her record of promoting inclusion at Notre Dame, from providing more resources for students of color to offering free university-branded gear, aka “swag.”

“I didn’t come from any money to speak of and I was a scholarship student at Duke,” Miranda said of her undergraduate experience, recalling how she received free apparel as a manager of the basketball team. “If you get to put that on, there’s something about the swag that gives you a belonging.”

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