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Breaking the Bias Habit: College of Engineering

College of Engineering partnered with Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute 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,, 263-1445.

Breaking the Bias Habit: WISELI

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 See also:

Collaboration with Allies for Change

Involved in a National Science Foundation project in collaboration with Allies for Change to explore the impact of privilege and oppression.

Contact: Professor Beth Graue (Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction),

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 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  groups. As part of the National Research Mentoring Network funded by the National Institutes of Health, our diverse, transdisciplinary team created a novel intervention to increase mentors’ skills for interacting with mentees from different racial, ethnic and social backgrounds than the mentor.

Contacts: Angela Byars-Winston (, Research Program Manager (, Culturally Aware Mentoring, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, Center for Improvement of Mentor Experiences in Research.

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 departments, providing cultural competency training for the SOAR Peer Advisors, and conducted a series of workshops with STEM faculty to promote cultural competency in their teaching and mentoring.

Contact: Rachel Winkle-Wagner,, Dept. of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

Diversity Dialogues: Pedagogy of Difficulty Dialogues

A process used by more than five thousand 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 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.

Contact: Professor Steve Quintana, Department of Counseling Psychology,

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, See:

Engagement, Inclusion, and Diversity (EID) Consultation and 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,, (608) 262-7562.

Equity Process for reducing bias and exclusion in planning processes

The Equity Process was developed by a faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) and adopted by the School of Education Equity and Diversity Committee.

Contact: Professor Colleen Capper, ELPA,

Faculty Success Program

Faculty member Mindi Thompson has served as Head Coach for the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity since 2013. She selects and trains the 58 certified Faculty Success Program coaches to mentor diverse faculty and postdoctoral fellows to success in academic careers.

Contact: Mindi Thompson, Department of Counseling Psychology,

Graduate Assistants Equity Workshops

Workshops focusing on diversity, discrimination and harassment offered 17 times each academic year and covering 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. These workshops are open to UW–Madison teaching assistants (TAs), program/project assistants (PAs) and research assistants (RAs).

Contact: Luis Piñero, 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 and Funding,, 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 (, and Prof. Linn Posey-Maddox (

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

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Interventions to Reduce Racial Bias

Presentations on unconscious bias and prejudice reduction. She has provided consultation and in-service training to the Madison Police Department on this issue. Post-doc and others may be available to further develop studies for this campus.

Contact: Patricia Devine, Department of Psychology,

Junior Faculty of Color

UW’s Junior Faculty of Color aims to build a supportive community where racially minoritized assistant professors can celebrate, support and share information with each other. Its structure is informal and based upon what the group wants. Please reach out to organizers Helen Lee, Percival Matthews, or Maxine McKinney de Royston with any questions.

Leadership Institute

This is a 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, Learning Communities for Institutional Change and Excellence,

Learning & Talent Development

Human Resources provides numerous ongoing seminars, workshops and conferences throughout the year:

  • Thrive@ UW – Provides 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 – Provides organizational development around inclusion, diversity and engagement; including consultation, workshops and seminars.
  • Fully Prepared to Manage – Provides specific supervisory and management skills ranging from personnel policies to interpersonal relationships.
  • Fully Prepared to Lead – Develops your ability to positively influence people around you at any employee level.
  • Conferences and 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.

Contact: Lynn Freeman, PhD, Director, Learning & Talent Development, ; (608) 890-4398.

Office of Talent Management

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.


Professional Development, Division of Continuing Studies

Continuing Studies offers an array of professional development courses and workshops, including:

  • Listening for a Change: Skills for Dialogue
  • Mastering Facilitation for Cross-Cultural Groups and Global Teams
  • Leading and Managing from the Middle
  • Leading for Racial Equity
  • Honoring Our Common Differences: Leadership for Inclusivity
  • Our Minds at Work: Diversity in Perceptual Thinking Patterns

Racial Prejudice and Reducing Racism

Workshops taught by Prof. Markus Brauer, Dept. of Psychology,

Respect in the Workplace Workshop, Employee Assistance Office

Visit Contact: Sherry Boeger, Director,, 263-2987.

Respect in the Workplace Workshop, Information Technology

Offered by the Division of Information Technology.

Contact: Jenny Kvistad,, 262-7882.

Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) Seminars

SEED 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).

Teaching Race workshops

The Department of Sociology is 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 (

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

Unconscious Bias in Academic Medicine

Offered by the School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH), 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, Associate Dean for Human Resources, SMPH,, 265-9441.

Universal Design

Workshops taught by Professor Morton Gernsbacher, Department of Psychology,

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, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Wisconsin School of Business,, 263-3462.