Phyllis Treige has been selected to lead the UW-Madison Center for Digital Accessibility and User Experience, a new effort to provide resources campus wide to create and sustain high-quality, usable, and accessible digital services for all users.
In her new role, Treige will be responsible for the overall management and direction of campus digital accessibility and usability efforts. The Center will provide guidance, training and support to all campus schools, colleges and departments. Treige will manage a team of staff and report to the Communications director in the Office of the CIO.
“A service or product is only usable if it’s accessible to all users—any user, anywhere, anytime” said Treige. “Accessibility and user experience are natural complements; access is a civil right and usability broadens the scope of consideration to all users. We can have the greatest impact when services and digital experiences are designed in an inclusive fashion and consider the needs of all users, right from the start. I look forward to advancing a digital accessibility program and culture at UW-Madison for the benefit of our entire community.”
Treige will lead the Center with considerable background in both accessibility and user experience. Since 2012, she has grown and managed a User Experience group within the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) with proven results in improving digital user experiences across campus. Accomplishments include:
- major improvements to the way students register for courses
- a simplified, unified dashboard to support advisors
- launching the annual Better by Design Conference, a professional development event for designers, developers and digital communicators
Before joining DoIT, she was a digital producer and senior web analyst in public and private industry for seven years.
“I am very pleased to have Phyllis help us lead the university’s commitment to accessibility,” said CIO Lois Brooks. “Her experience and passion for improving UW online interactions will benefit the entire UW-Madison community as we put our commitment to accessibility into action.”
Treige was selected from a national search and assumed the role on August 27. The Center offices will be at 1210 W. Dayton St.