University of Wisconsin–Madison

Interpersonal (with others/groups) learning opportunities

Breaking the Bias Habit

This workshop introduces academic audiences to the concepts of implicit or unconscious biases and assumptions about diverse groups of people by treating the application of such biases as a “habit,” with a focus on race, ethnicity, and gender.

The Discussion Project

A professional development series intended to strengthen capacity to create welcoming, engaging, and academically rigorous classroom environments where students and instructors engage in productive dialogue on important issues and topics.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate, School of Business

Provides tools to create and commit to mitigating bias in hiring and performance review processes, facilitating inclusive meetings, and cultivating relationships with diverse stakeholders.

Employee Assistance Office (EAO) Training

EAO provides training to work units and other groups focused on difficult conversations, self-care, suicide prevention, imposter syndrome, and managing conversations. Training may be requested by managers and supervisors, deans and directors, human resources professionals, wellness committees, conference planners and others.

Fully Prepared to Lead

A competency-based professional development program, integrated with the Leadership@UW program. This program is intended to empower individual employees to positively influence their work environment.


Provides support and learning for employees to train their minds to be more calm and focused, develop healthier relationships with colleagues, gain perspective in workplace interactions, and bring more meaning to work.

HR Competencies Program

A cohort program for HR professionals that is designed to support a shift among HR professionals to an increasingly consultative way of working. To work in consultative partnership requires that we increase our ability to engage, fully include, and honor differences among people whom we serve and whom we work – to ensure that the impacts of our work are equitable. The HR Competencies Program is intended for UW–Madison employees in human resources. This includes those with titles in the HR job group, as well as administrative specialists, department administrators, and others whose positions include regular responsibility for HR functions.

Hostile and Intimidating Behavior

Learn more about what hostile and intimidating behavior is and where and how to seek resources to address this behavior. Information is available in English, Spanish, Hmong, Tibetan, and Chinese.


Inclusion@UW is designed for employees to learn and practice skills that build our collective capacity to promote the campus commitment to “value the contributions of each person…and create a welcoming and inclusive community.”

Leadership Institute

A dialogue-based professional development opportunity to engage in individual and interpersonal learning and unlearning processes. Participants meet weekly for several months to co-create a learning environment through their own lived experiences in partnership with readings, videos, and podcasts to ultimately confront their own assumptions and deconstruct dominant social paradigms.

Manager and Supervisor Training

A suite of training and resources for managers and supervisors looking to enhance their professional skills and meaningfully support employees.

Justified Anger

Sponsored by the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development, Justified Anger is a 9-week course designed to deepen understanding of how the African American experience has shaped the world we live in, and how allies can find roles supporting racial justice.

Plain Language Training

Three sequential workshops intended to introduce employees to plain language and hold space to practice writing and designing for plain language. These trainings are intended to provide tools and resources for inclusive communication.

Racial Justice and Healing Collective

A 14-week facilitated journey for employees interested in investing in their own learning, growth, and healing around antiracism. Centered on The Racial Healing Handbook by Anneliese Singh, the group engages in dialogue-based sessions that will focus on support for each other’s self-work and collective learning, exchanging ideas and resources, and exploring personal journeys of navigating institutional racism and systems of oppression.

Reframing Recruitment Through a Racial Equity Lens

A series of workshops where employees will engage in conversation around why and how to center racial equity in recruitment and hiring practices. Employees will learn new strategies to remove unintentional barriers and improve access for candidates by reframing current practices through a racial equity lens.

Rejuvenation through Decolonization Emergent Learning Series

A 7-week learning series centered on health equity and healing justice. Participants will explore decolonization and ancestral healing practices to deconstruct what is known as the 7 dimensions of wellness. Each week of the series will focus on unpacking a different dimension of wellness and learn more about how each dimension is deeply rooted in historical systems of colonialism & capitalism. Registration for this series will require commitment to attending all sessions. This learning series is not recommended for someone who is just beginning to explore topics around social and racial justice.

Restorative Justice Workshops

Facilitated by the YWCA, participants will learn and explore (1) restorative justice philosophy, history, and processes, (2) restorative justice as a strategy to dismantle institutional racism, and (3) restorative and transformative justice as a movement.

Social Justice Training Institute

The Social Justice Training Institute (SJTI) provides a forum for the professional and personal development of social justice educators and practitioners to enhance and refine their skills and competencies to create greater inclusion for all members of the community.


Thrive@UW is designed for employees to learn and understand their role in creating healthy, inclusive and engaging work environments. Thrive@UW courses will develop skills related to navigating change, active listening, and building trusting relationships.

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