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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 three-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,

Employee Affinity Communities

Communities play a central role in the human experience and serve as an entry for relationship-building. Strong communities provide critical points of connection and contribute to our values of belonging, care, collaboration, growth, and transformation. There are several opportunities to engage with other employees and colleagues who share similar experiences on campus.

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For questions, please contact the Office of Equity, Inclusion and Employee Well-Being at

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,

Equity, Inclusion and Employee Well-being Consultation and Resources

The Office of Equity, Inclusion and Employee Well-Being is dedicated to providing high level consultation, support and resources to schools, colleges, divisions and units working to create healthy, equitable and inclusive policies, systems and environments for employees to engage, grow and thrive on campus.

The Office of Equity, Inclusion and Employee Well-Being currently provides consultation, support and resources with the following:

  • Strategic planning and visioning
  • Organizational goals and priorities
  • Policies, systems, and environment interventions
  • Employee capacity building and learning
  • Data and assessment

If you are looking for support with how to engage in this work within your school, college, division or unit, please submit a request for consultation, subscribe to our newsletter, or contact our office at

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, 190 Bascom Hall, 608-263-5244

Health Sciences Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lunch & Learn

A series of free workshops and conversations focused on topics related to equity, diversity, and inclusion that deeply impact our work and our practice. This event is free and open to all health sciences faculty, students, staff, practicing professionals, and community members. The Lunch and Learn series if offered by the School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, School of Medicine, and School of Veterinary Medicine.

Contact: Lisa Imhoff,

Inclusive Teaching at UW–Madison

The Center for Teaching, Learning & Mentoring seeks a deep understanding of the diverse strengths and needs of our students and instructors and cultivate spaces, capacities and resources to support teaching and learning environments in which they can thrive.

We provide resources and support to instructors at all career stages, including one-on-one consulting, professional development opportunities, and support with course design and assessment and instructional media creation. Learn more:

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.

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity Institutional Membership

The University of Wisconsin-Madison maintains an institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), which provides all faculty, post doctoral fellows, and graduate students access to their resources. To activate your account, visit the website, click “become a member” and then select “UW-Madison” from the drop-down menu. Follow the instructions to activate your membership and access the resources.

Contact: Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity & Inclusion, Secondary faculty contact for anyone with questions from a faculty member perspective: Mindi N. Thompson, Ph.D.,

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

Scientifically Tested Ways to Promote Diversity and Inclusion

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

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.

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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.