Graduate Assistants Equity Workshops

The Graduate Assistants’ Equity Workshops are employee professional development sessions focusing on diversity, discrimination and harassment. They are offered each year to teaching assistants (TAs), program/project assistants (PAs) and research assistants (RAs). TAs cannot be reappointed for more than one semester unless they have completed a workshop. TAs, PAs and RAs who have attended a workshop at UW–Madison in the past are not required to attend again.

Participants receive information about relevant laws, policies, regulations and resources; explore the practical application of these policies to teaching, learning, and research environments; and engage in conversations designed to promote interdisciplinary dialogue and excellence through diversity. These sessions promote the development of competencies that sustain and strengthen UW–Madison’s position of preeminence in research and higher education and advance critical campus strategic priorities.

Spring 2022 Schedule

  • Friday, January 21, 2022 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CT (fall make-up session) *
  • Tuesday, February 8, 2022 | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. CT
  • Wednesday, February 9, 2022 | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. CT
  • Friday, February 11, 2022 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CT
  • Monday, February 14, 2022 | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. CT
  • Tuesday, February 15, 2022 | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. CT
  • Thursday, February 17, 2022 | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. CT

* Note: The Jan. 21 make-up session is for TAs, PAs, and RAs who were unable to attend one of the 10 sessions offered in fall 2021 and who need to complete the training before the spring 2022 instruction begins to be reappointed.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How many workshops do I need to complete in order to fulfill the reappointment expectations?

Graduate assistants must complete both the live virtual workshop offered via Zoom and the Canvas course for the academic year.

The live virtual workshop is offered 10 times during the fall semester and six times during the spring semester to accommodate graduate assistants’ schedules.

You must complete each component only once.

Where can I find the link to the virtual session I'm registered for?

All communications for the workshops are sent to your email address on file from Please refer to your registration confirmation or reminder for the link and login instructions. If you can’t find the emails in your inbox, please check your spam folder.

What should I do if I can't attend a session I'm registered for?

To cancel your registration more than two days before the scheduled session date:

  1. Log into the OHR Professional Development portal using your NetID.
  2. Find the session you need to cancel under your “Current Registrations” and click the “Cancel” button to the right of the course information.

To cancel a session within two days of the date, send an email to and OHR staff will take care of the cancellation.

Once you’ve canceled your registration you can register for another session listed in the schedule.

How do I verify that I've completed the TA requirement for reappointment?

To verify you’ve completed both requirements for TAs to be eligible for reappointment, log into the OHR Professional Development portal using your NetID and click on the “Certificates” tab.

After you’ve fulfilled both the live, virtual session and the Canvas online module, your Graduate Assistants’ Equity Certificate will show “Complete” and a green check mark ✅ on the top row and the two individual records below.

View more detailed instructions with screenshots and examples (PDF).

How do I request an accomodation for a disability?

Employees who need an accommodation in order to fully participate in virtual workshops should contact the divisional disability representative (DDR) for their respective college, school or division.

Who can I talk to about reappointment policies and pay rates?

Questions concerning the reappointment expectations or pay rates for TAs, PAs and RAs should be addressed to the office of the dean or director of your school, college or division.

Who can I ask a question about the workshops curriculum?

Questions about the program curriculum should be directed to Luis Piñero, senior special assistant for workforce equity, diversity education in the DDEEA and deputy Title IX coordinator for UW–Madison.

Who organizes the Graduate Assistants Equity Workshops?

The Graduate Assistants Equity Workshops are presented and sponsored by the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement; the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education; the McBurney Disability Resource Center; Graduate and Professional Students with Disabilities; the Office of Compliance; the Violence Prevention program in University Health Services; the Dean of Students Office in Student Affairs; the Employee Assistance Office; the Ombuds Office; and the Office of Human Resources.