University of Wisconsin–Madison


“We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
Anaïs Nin

Course Description

Seeking to understand and empathize with the perspectives of others—particularly those who have lived experiences different than our own—is a foundational step in building and sustaining inclusive work environments and relationships. We each experience life through our own lenses. “Perspectives” invites you to listen and learn through the lens of another. Each session, facilitated by subject matter experts and organized with campus partners, offers intentional space—through information sharing, exercises, dialogue, and inquiry—and for UW employees to build capacity for individual awareness, curiosity, and appreciation of the infinite and valuable differences that make up our campus community.

2018–2019 “Perspectives” explored:

  • Building LGBTQ+ Inclusion in the Workplace
  • Disability Awareness and Abelism

Why should you attend?

  • Listen and learn: about lived experiences and perspectives that may differ from your own
  • Think about: how to promote a campus community where everyone has the potential to succeed
  • Inquire about: resources, continued learning, and specific ways to support diverse perspectives


UW–Madison Faculty and Staff




Tamie Klumpyan, Learning and Talent Development, Office of Human Resources


Engagement, Inclusion, Diversity


This course is part of the Inclusion@UW program.

What participants are saying

The “Perspectives: Building LGBTQ+ Inclusion in the Workplace” course offered a great opportunity to learn. The 90-minute format made it easier for me to attend…the facilitator did an excellent job of packing a lot of content into the timeframe, much of which was new for me. I emerged with some practical tips for thinking about improving inclusion practices in my organization, and with many areas where I plan to do more research to continue my own learning as well.
C. Jenkins, College of Letters and Science