The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is implementing three tiers of professional development to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion on campus. This program consists of a required online training for all employees and additional professional development workshops with the opportunity to earn a certificate.
Tier One professional development familiarizes faculty and staff with data findings relevant to diversity and equity, including student/employee demographics and multiple perspectives on the campus climate at UWEC. Completion of Tier 1 Professional Development requires a time commitment of 60 minutes (online).
All new employees are expected to complete the training within two months of their start date. The training, titled Diversity: Inclusion in the Modern Workplace, is automatically sent via email. All current employees will complete an additional training online in 2021.
All faculty and staff are encouraged to complete additional professional development throughout the year. Tier Two provides participants with the conceptual framework, opportunities for self-reflection and group discussion, and skill-building experience necessary for being an effective advocate for equity and diversity. Participants learn from University faculty and staff who work to improve campus climate for people of color, women, people with different religious identities, people with different socioeconomic status, people with disabilities, and those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and/or asexual. In these workshops, participants design personal action plans to help them identify specific outcomes and action steps toward which they can work to improve campus climate.
Upon request, the following presenters can provide Tier 2 workshops at the department level.
Campus Connect: Suicide Awareness and Intervention
This 2-hour, interactive training provides foundational knowledge and skills for any person to be able to respond and help someone who is in a crisis, including those who may be thinking about suicide. Using discussion, activities, and group interaction participants will learn about key warning signs for suicide, how to respond to someone who is in crisis, ask about suicidal thinking, encourage help-seeking, and connect people to supportive resources for the help they need. This training is designed for anyone who wants to build their confidence in being able to respond to a person in distress who may (or may not) be thinking about suicide.
Contact Ashley Walton-Beal at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a session.
How Much Racial Discrimination is There Really? Evidence from Field Experiments
Everyone agrees that racial inequalities exist in America, but what causes them? A majority of Americans think that they are caused by something other than discrimination--like lack of education. Didn't the Civil Rights Movement put an end to racial discrimination? Most social scientific studies can't determine the cause of racial inequalities, but field experiments can. This workshop shows how much racial discrimination exists today, using evidence from the most rigorous scientific studies available. Participants will be invited to apply lessons learned to their own lives and workplaces.
Contact Dr. Peter Hart-Brinson at HARTBRIN@uwec.edu to request a session.
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.
Contact Jodi Thesing-Ritter at THESINJM@uwec.edu to request a session.
A 2-hour training session led by two Safe Space trainers. 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).
Established EDI Tier 2 session
If your department is interested in a session not listed above that has been offered as a Tier 2 program before, contact the facilitator directly to set up the session. Once the session has been scheduled, submit the session through the link below for the EDI Professional Development staff to advertise and make available to other interested faculty and staff. Requests should be sent one week in advance. Tier 2 sessions must be open to all of campus. The advertisement can state that the session is geared towards your department.
The director/chair/dean from the department is responsible for communicating to their department colleagues how to register in the workshop registration website, taking attendance, and sending the attendance list to CETL@uwec.edu within 48 hours after the workshop ends.
Tier 2 Program Proposal
New session not currently offered in Tier 2
If the session has not been offered as a Tier 2 program before, submit a program proposal through the link below for the EDI Professional Development Committee to review. Requests must be sent at least one week in advance.
If accepted, the session will be advertised and open to other interested faculty and staff. Tier 2 sessions must be open to all of campus. The advertisement can state that the session is geared towards your department.
The director/chair/dean from the department is responsible for communicating to their department colleagues to register in the workshop registration website, taking attendance, and sending the attendance list to CETL@uwec.edu within 48 hours after the workshop ends.
Tier 2 Program Proposal
Diverse Voices Book Challenge
Diverse Voices Book Challenge
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 2020-2021 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.
Any participant that completes the challenge will be entered to win season tickets for the Artists and Forum Series 2020-2021 season, with five passes being available for students and five passes for staff/faculty.
Faculty and staff are encouraged to consider the completion of a certificate in equity, diversity, and inclusion profession development. Tier Three provides participants with the opportunity to earn an EDI certificate and letter of accomplishment following completion of 10 sessions and a project within their scope of duties that incorporates their learning. Participants will have three years to complete the certificate program. Faculty and staff may complete more than one certificate.
After completing five professional development sessions, faculty or staff should schedule a consultation.
Submit EDI Consultation Request
Marshfield and UW-Barron County Virtual Connection Option
Tier 2 sessions are primarily scheduled at the UW-Eau Claire campus. Some sessions may be offered through distance education (DE) technology for faculty and staff 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.
If you are interested in virtually attending an upcoming session, please contact the DE Coordinator at your location.
Marshfield: Kari Vanden Busch, VANDENBK@uwec.edu
UW-Barron County: Sue Kleusch, KLEUSCSE@uwec.edu
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 CETL at 715-836-2385 or CETL@uwec.edu. All requests are kept confidential.