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Student EDI Development

Advance equity, diversity + inclusion on campus

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is implementing three tiers of personal and professional development to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion on campus for students. This program consists of a required online training, workshops specifically designed for students, an inclusive leadership conference, and the opportunity to earn a certificate.

This program provides students with EDI training sessions to enhance their knowledge and understanding of EDI, become culturally responsible and knowledgeable, and become an asset to the diverse world that we live in today. Using a culturally responsive framework, facilitators and educators create student-centered learning environments that: affirm racial, linguistic and cultural identities; prepare students for rigor and independent learning, develop students’ abilities to connect across lines of difference; elevate historically marginalized voices; and empower students as agents of social change. The goals of the program include the following:

Goal 1: Gain an understanding of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Goal 2: Provide students with an opportunity to learn the experiences of underrepresented populations.

Goal 3: Respectfully engage, challenge and support students by creating a safe space for education on various EDI related topics.

Goal 4: Increase awareness of one’s identities, biases and privileges

Being a Blugold comes with the responsibility to build a stronger, safer, healthier and more inclusive campus. To help make that happen students are required to engage in an online, interactive feedback tool that focuses on equity, diversity, and inclusion at UW-Eau Claire. This is our Tier One level of training Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. This training is mandatory for all new students and there are no exemptions for completing it. Returning students may request this Tier One training to begin their Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion certificate journey. It will take around 50 minutes to complete this online student development program.

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The Tier Two Section of the EDI Training will provide students with an interactive and intentional learning environment to enhance knowledge of a specific EDI topic. Students must successfully participate in ten (10) EDI Tier Two Sessions in order to move on to the final Tier Three section of the EDI Training. Sessions can include interactive in person training, book clubs, movie and discussion, immersion trips (CRP), etc.

Students will participate in face to face, interactive sessions. Sessions will be offered on a schedule which will be released before the start of each semester. There are 5 required sessions students must enroll. Students can choose their remaining 5 sessions based on the optional choices.

Required Sessions:

1. Understanding EDI: A comprehensive look into Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Students will gain an understanding of what Equity, Diversity and Inclusion mean. Students will learn the significance of each term individually and how it applies to the world in which we live.

2. Microaggressions

Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership. Workshop participants will learn to recognize microaggressions, reduce them in their daily lives and support students who experience them daily.

3. Safe Space 

This informative and engaging training session is led by two Safe Space trainers. Students will gain an understanding of updated terms and respectful ways to engage and have conversation. Terms/issues we will discuss are as follows: LGBTQIA+ (What do the letters in this acronym represent???), Pronouns, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Sexual Orientation, Gender Roles, Erasure, Heteronormativity, The Queer legal landscape, Ally, Resources (UW-Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley, Nationwide).

4. The Native Lands We Occupy: Native Populations

During this session, students will gain an understanding of the Native populations and native lands that we occupy today. We will have a dialogue about ways that we can preserve the legacy and why it is important to continue to educate all UWEC students, faculty and staff on the Native populations.

5. Intercultural Intelligence

We will take a critical look at what it means to be interculturally intelligent. In a culturally diverse society, his or her intercultural intelligence in used to expand on one’s understanding of the attitudes and knowledge base of one’s own culture as well as those of the dominant cultural groups within a society. In a global society, the demand for intercultural intelligence is increasing as the world become more global throughout the many different sectors of our lives.

Students can register for workshops and track their progress using the link below.

Tier Two Workshops

The Bridge to Change Conference is an opportunity to bring student leaders together to explore inclusive leadership while focusing on equity and diversity. Through experiential workshops, a keynote presentation, and intentional time to reflect with fellow participants, students will be able to explore critical topics impacting our campus community today. Students will be able to learn about various areas of diversity while developing an understanding of their personal role in the greater picture. Sessions will be provided for students of all training levels to help continue our campus goal of creating a culture of inclusion. Additionally, this conference allows students to complete five of their ten required sessions for the Student EDI Certificate. For more information about the conference, please visit the conference web page below:

Bridge to Change Conference

Join the Diverse Voices Book Challenge for the opportunity to learn about different populations, identities, and experiences that are present within our campus community through reading. This initiative looks at heritage months to highlight varying perspectives to help start conversations, provide proper terminology, and reflect on what you've read. To complete the challenge and earn a Tier 2 completion, participants need to read eight books over the course of the 2021-2022 academic year, from at least four different categories. Once a book is completed, participants must complete a reflection form in order to log the book and their progress.

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Any participant that completes the challenge will receive a Tier 2 completion and be entered to win season tickets for the Artists and Forum Series 2021-2022 season, with five passes being available for students.

Students are encouraged to consider the completion of a certificate in equity, diversity, and inclusion personal development. Tier Three provides participants with the opportunity to earn an EDI certificate and letter of accomplishment following completion of ten (10) sessions and a project/presentation that demonstrates and incorporates their learning. Participants will have their entire collegiate careers to complete the certificate program. 

After completing ten (10) sessions, students interested in earning their EDI certificate will need to complete the Student Project Form below.  Students are allowed to decide how they would like to demonstrate their learning. If they would like to display it beyond the options provided, a staff member will follow up to do an individual consultation.  For the 2020-2021 academic year, the presentation of certificate students will be held prior to the University Student Excellence Awards in May, and will be awarded their certificates during the ceremony. 

Students will be asked to incorporate the following questions into their Tier Three project/presentation:

  1. What have you learned as a result of participating in the Student EDI Certificate program?
  2. How will you incorporate your knowledge around EDI into your campus experiences and environments? Please provide specific examples.
  3. How will you utilize your knowledge around EDI in your future industry?
  4. What topics will you continue to study beyond your time at UW-Eau Claire? Why are those topics important to you?
  5. What is something you wished the university would have provided more education around in regards to EDI training?

Student Project Form

Tier Two sessions are primarily scheduled at the UW-Eau Claire campus. Some sessions may be offered through distance education (DE) technology for students to attend virtually from the UW-Barron County campus and Marshfield site. Connection arrangements will be made no later than one week before the session when there are at least two interested participants from the same location. However, during the Fall 2020 semester, all workshops will be offered virtually and are open to any UW-Barron County or Marshfield student.

If you are interested in virtually attending an upcoming session, please contact the DE Coordinator at your location.

Marshfield: Kari Vanden Busch,

UW-Barron County: Sue Kleusch,

NOTE: Not all sessions are eligible for this service due to session format, time of day, and facilitator preference. We will try our best to accommodate requests for eligible sessions.

If you require an accommodation, please notify us at least two weeks in advance of the program so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Contact the Activities, Involvement and Leadership Office at All requests are kept confidential.


The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire offers many EDI resources for students, faculty, and staff. These resources can be helpful for addressing problems on campus and educating everyone on why EDI is important. Additionally, there are several free resources available through outside sources that can help continue education and growth.

There are many resources available to help students continue to learn about topics surrounding Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Here are a few:

  • Project Implicit: A series of tests to help understand personal areas of bias around race, gender, religion, age, ability and more.
  • Learn why pronouns matter and more about gender inclusive language.
  • Tribal Nations of Wisconsin: Learn more about the eleven federally recognized, sovereign nations within the state of Wisconsin.
  • Gender and Sexuality Terminology
  • Black History Month Library: This free Google drive contains information about influential people, events, and movements to help further educate around Black history.
  • TedTalks: There are many TedTalks available that discuss various areas of diversity and inclusion.
  • Podcasts: There are a wide variety of Podcasts available that discuss individual identities or how they intersect.
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