At a recent meeting with departmental diversity representatives, the college’s Equity and Diversity Committee released a list of resources for departments as they work to foster diverse and inclusive climates.
PROGRAMS AND WORKSHOPS
BREAKING THE BIAS HABIT
The Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI) offers a general 3-hour workshop about unconscious bias, covering race/ethnicity, gender, LGBT and disability issues to campus departments. Faculty and staff who complete the general 3-hour workshop will be eligible to participate in future 1-hour special topics workshops on more specific issues, such as “reducing bias in classroom teaching”, and “new implicit bias literature.” To explore participation in workshops for your department, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEED (SEEKING EDUCATIONAL EQUITY AND DIVERSITY) SEMINARS
S.E.E.D. is a national project on inclusive curriculum coordinated by Peggy McIntosh and Emily Style. This seminar provides a unique opportunity for participants to meet in a safe and respectful environment to discuss and develop strategies for building inclusive curricula and classrooms. Using readings, videos, reflective writing and group work, we will discuss the impact of race, class, gender, age, ability, sexual orientation and other defining aspects of our identity on teaching and learning. Contact: Dr. Seema Kapani, Learning Communities for Institutional Change and Excellence (LCICE), Div. of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement. (262-6284).
9-month long program where participants engage in weekly, sustained dialogue with campus colleagues to develop leadership capacities to effectively interact with members of our community across multiple social identities and build open, dynamic, and respectful working and learning environments for all. Facilitated small and large group dialogues, reflective writing, readings, and activities. Contact: Seema Kapani (LCICE). https://lcice.wisc.edu/
OFFICE OF TALENT MANAGEMENT, IN THE OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Provides faculty and staff, including supervisors, with a wide range of resources, including professional development and leadership to cultivate individual and organizational excellence, in order to create a healthy, inclusive, engaging work environment.
ENGAGEMENT, INCLUSION, AND DIVERSITY (EID) CONSULTATION & TRAINING
Susan Tran Degrand, EID Coordinator works with campus units to foster and create an engaging, inclusive and diverse academic and work environment. She provides consultation and training, including EID assessment, EID strategic planning, EID program implementation/evaluation. Contact: Susan Tran Degrand, email@example.com, (608) 262-7562
RESOURCES FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS/TEACHING ASSISTANTS
Graduate Assistants’ Equity Workshops
Workshops for graduate students who will hold assistantships (PA, TA, etc.). Covers Title IX, strategies, for inclusive instruction, accommodations, preventing sexual & intimate partner violence, other laws and policies, as well as utilizes performances from the Theatre for Cultural and Social Awareness. Contact: Office for Equity and Diversity, 179 A Bascom Hall, 263-2378.
Graduate Student Diversity Training
The Graduate School is working to offer online training for graduate students, sponsor events related to diversity and inclusions, and other new initiatives. Contact: LaRuth McAfee, Asst. Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Funding in the Graduate School, firstname.lastname@example.org, 265-2906.
Improve Pedagogy for Teaching Assistants
Faculty submitted proposal, in partnership w/ ELPA, Afro American Studies and Sociology, to train doctoral students who are studying race, ethnicity, inequality and education; offer improved pedagogical training for graduate students who TA courses that deal with race, ethnicity and other forms of cultural difference; coordinate training across departments, while leveraging existing programs for doctoral students. Contact: Dept. of Educational Policy Studies, Prof. Bianca Baldridge (email@example.com), and Prof. Linn Posey-Maddox (firstname.lastname@example.org).
“Teaching Race” workshops
Dept. of Sociology involved in workshops on issues in teaching about race, where a significant part of the discussion involved contextualizing the presentation of data on racial differences, as well as remembering the positionality of different students in the room. Contact: Dept. of Sociology, Professor Pam Oliver (email@example.com)
RESOURCES FOR THOSE EXPERIENCING A NEGATIVE WORK CLIMATE (not a comprehensive list):
- OMBUDS office – employees can seek guidance here on any issues, it is confidential and useful to inform people of their options, comprised of retired faculty and staff who will make contact within 24 hours of receiving call/email, no mandatory reporting,
- Office of Compliance – formal complaints, Title IX (sexual harassment)
- Employee Assistance Office – assist faculty and staff with mental health and well-being issues, have trained professionals to provide assistance
- Office for Equity and Diversity – variety of resources on many topics
- Office of Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff (Michael Bernard-Donals)
Dean of Students– provide student assistance for a variety of issues
- McBurney Disability Resource Center– resources for students and faculty on classroom accommodations for UW students with disabilities
OTHER INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES:
- USDA NIFA 2017 Civil Rights review of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station
- CALS’ response to the USDA Civil Rights review (January 2018)
- Study of Faculty Worklife at UW–Madison
- Academic Planning and Institutional Research diversity reports: