Cultural Competency Initiatives
Cultural Diversity Awareness Training for Research Mentors
Training to advance the science and best practices of mentoring in order to increase access to high quality mentoring relationships for university research(UR) students that will advance their success. There is a critical need for culturally aware mentoring (CAM) to guide faculty mentors to understand the sources and impact of bias on diverse graduate trainees to improve the training environment for students from underrepresented (UR) groups. As part of the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN, NRMNet.net) funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), our diverse, transdisciplinary team created a novel CAM intervention to increase mentors’ skills for interacting with mentees from different racial, ethnic and social backgrounds than the mentor.
Contacts: Angela Byars-Winston (firstname.lastname@example.org), Research Program Manager (email@example.com), Culturally Aware Mentoring (CAM), Wisconsin Center for Education research (WCER), Center for Improvement of Mentor Experiences in Research (CIMER).
Culturally Competent Practices for Working with Students of Color
Offers a set of culturally competent practices for working with students of color. Gave workshop to several L&S depts., providing cultural competency training for the SOAR Peer Advisors, and conducted a series of workshops with STEM faculty (U of Delaware) to promote cultural competency in their teaching and mentoring. Rachel Winkle-Wagner. Dept. of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diversity Dialogues (DD): Pedagogy of Difficulty Dialogues.
A process used by more than 5K students and members of the community to bring together people who might not otherwise have contact. Includes structured, well-tested “warm up” activities designed to promote honest dialogue and active listening. The central focus of DD is sharing and listening to each other’s difficult or awkward interactions related to diversity, and reflecting on how these interactions might have been handled differently. Professor Steve Quintana, Dept. of Counseling Psychology, Stephen.email@example.com.
Engagement, Inclusion and Diversity (EID) Initiative
The Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration’s initiative to address campus priorities of recruiting and retaining the best faculty and staff and enhancing diversity to ensure excellence in education and research. The VCFA units are working collaboratively to foster an environment of respect and inclusiveness through opportunities for employee engagement. They also are increasing staff awareness and competencies around EID issues and are measuring and evaluating progress toward EID goals.
Contact: Scott Hildebrand, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, firstname.lastname@example.org. See: hr.wisc.edu/eid/council.
Equity Process for reducing bias and exclusion in planning processes
The Equity Process was developed by a faculty member in the Dept. of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) and adopted by the School of Education Equity and Diversity Committee. Professor Colleen Capper, ELPA, email@example.com
Faculty Success Program – National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
Faculty member has served as Head Coach for this program, since 2013. She selects & trains the 58 certified FSP coaches to mentor diverse faculty and postdoctoral fellows to success in academic careers. Prof. Mindi Thompson, Dept. of Counseling Psychology, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interventions to Reduce Racial Bias
Presentations on unconscious bias and prejudice reduction. She has provided consultation and in-service training to the Madison Police Dept. on this issue. Post-doc and others may be available to further develop studies for this campus. Contact: Patricia Devine, Dept. of Psychology, email@example.com.
Madison Teaching & Learning Excellence (MTLE), the Delta Program in Research, Teaching and Learning, and the Multicultural Student Center (MSC)
Developed a 4-week series of discussions for faculty to address the academic achievement gap, bias, stereotype threat and microaggressions, as well as inclusive teaching practices. The program has been used for several years with positive feedback from participants. Meetings occur weekly, for 1 or 1.5 hours.
In fall, 2016, new pilot sessions will be developed around issues of inclusion and diversity in the classroom. Contact: Donald Gillian-Daniel; Researcher, Wisconsin Center for Education Research & Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Racial Prejudice/Reducing Racism
Workshops taught by Prof. Markus Brauer, Dept. of Psychology, email@example.com
Respect in the Workplace Workshop
Offered by Jenny Kvistad, HR Director in the Div. of Information Technology. Contact: Jenny Kvistad, 26207882, firstname.lastname@example.org, 262-7882.
Respect in the Workplace workshops
Offered by the Employee Assistance Office
Unconscious Bias in Academic Medicine – New provider orientation session
Offered by the School of Medicine and Public Health, session provides an introduction to the concept of unconscious bias that combines fundamental psychological approaches like stereotype threat, unintentional blindness, and selective attention, along with more classical diversity approaches with an emphasis on micro-advantages and micro-inequities. Also offered for community building and staff retreat. Contact: Dr. Brian Gittens, Assoc. Dean for HR, SMPH, email@example.com, 265-9441.
Workshops taught by Prof. Morton Gernsbacher, Dept. of Psychology, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wisconsin School of Business Cultural Competence Workshops and Monthly Lunch & Learn
Initiatives connect research with experience and knowledge of faculty, staff, students and alumni to increase awareness and build community. Topics include unconscious bias, diverse cultures and traditions, and inclusive leadership.
Contact: Binnu Palta Hill, Dir. of Diversity & Inclusion, Wisconsin School of Business, email@example.com, 263-3462.
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: Christopher Yue, Graduate School Interim Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion & Funding, firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-263-5517.
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).
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. See also: wiseli.engr.wisc.edu/breakingbias.php
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
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). 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. hr.wisc.edu/professional-development
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). lcice.wisc.edu
Seminars, workshops and conferences
Contact: Lynn Freeman, PhD, Director, Learning & Talent Development, firstname.lastname@example.org ; 608-890-4398
- Thrive@ UW – Thrive @ UW-Madison provides you with important tools to help you communicate with others and gain a better understanding of yourself and your organization, including ‘Creating Inclusive Environments’, ‘Thriving in a Time of Change,’ and ‘Building & Managing Relationships.’
- Building Inclusion@UW – Building Inclusion@UW is designed to provide you organizational development around inclusion, diversity and engagement; including consultation, workshops and seminars.
- Fully Prepared to Manage – Fully Prepared to Manage provides you with specific supervisory and management skills ranging from personnel policies to interpersonal relationships.
- Fully Prepared to Lead – Fully Prepared to Lead develops your ability to positively influence people around you at any employee level.
- Conferences & Special Events – focus/topics vary depending on event, refer to website. All conferences include ‘tracks’ on inclusion, diversity and engagement relevant to the overall event focus/topic.
The Division of Continuing Studies offers an array of professional development courses and workshops (continuingstudies.wisc.edu/professional-development.html), including:
- Listening for a Change: Skills for Dialogue
- Mastering Facilitation for Cross-Cultural Groups and Global Teams
- Leading and Managing from the Middle
- Honoring Our Common Differences: Leadership for Inclusivity
- Our Minds at Work: Diversity in Perceptual Thinking Patterns
The Discussion Project
The School of Education has designed this professional development series to strengthen the campus’s capacity to create a welcoming, engaging, and academically rigorous classroom environment in which students can participate in robust discussions about sometimes-difficult subjects. Participants register for a six-session series, open to faculty and staff, with sessions meeting every two to three weeks. Registration is open for the spring. For more information, visit discussion.education.wisc.edu
The following are examples of initiatives in units across campus, which are led by campus colleagues. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the contact people listed if you are interested in learning more about the efforts described below.
Breaking the Bias Habit
College of Engineering partnering with Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI) to provide this workshop for faculty in 2016-17. The workshop, focusing on implicit racial bias, will demonstration how bias can influence interactions and assessments in classrooms and workplaces, despite strong commitments to equity and fairness.
Contact: Jennifer Sheridan, Jennifer.email@example.com, 263-1445.
Climate Committee in the Div. of Continuing Studies
Working to create grassroots programs. Analyzing data from 2015 DCS Climate Survey.
Contact: Jeff Russell, Dean, DCS, Jeffrey.firstname.lastname@example.org, 890-2318.
Collaboration with Allies for Change
Involved in an NSF project in collaboration with Allies for Change, to explore the impact of privilege and oppression (see: www.alliesforchange.org).
Contact: Professor Beth Graue (Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction), email@example.com.
Inclusive Teaching at UW–Madison
An inclusive and diverse environment is fundamental to excellence in teaching, research and service. The Collaborative for Advancing Learning and Teaching (The Collaborative), in partnership with other cross-campus units, provides professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, graduate students and postdocs that raise awareness about issues impacting the academic performance and well-being of students from marginalized groups, and in turn, provide instructors with knowledge and skills to teach more inclusively.
Professional development opportunities include:
- Delta workshops
- Teaching Inclusively and Equitably workshop series
- Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence program curriculum
- WISCIENCE workshops
Learn more: teachlearn.provost.wisc.edu/inclusive-teaching