University of Wisconsin–Madison

Understanding Your Experiences and Identities

This is a foundational diversity and inclusion training. We strongly recommend you complete this course before taking Bystander Intervention if you have not experienced previous diversity and inclusion training. Also, If you have taken Expanding Self-Knowledge and Creating an Inclusive Work Environment as part of the PSM series, you will notice some repeated content. Contact the facilitator if you have questions regarding what course is right for you.

Course Description

In this course, you are invited to explore your identity and lived experience. We will learn about the cycle of socialization to better understand how our identity affects our worldview. Participants will develop skills to notice when we start to make assumptions about our observations.

Why should you attend?

  • Explore your identities
  • Reflect on: How do your identities and lived experience affect your worldview?
  • Notice when you make an assumption


UW–Madison Faculty and Staff




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


Engagement, Inclusion, Diversity
Team Development


This course is part of the Thrive@UW program.

What participants are saying

“I found this workshop very useful and relevant for working at our institution. I was able to focus on my own identities and do some self-reflection as well as interact with others to hear about their experiences. We were able to focus on making assumptions, pausing to understand how we perceive someone’s actions/behavior, consider the ladder of inference and rethinking our initial assumptions. The information and activities are thoughtful and engaging during this workshop whether you’ve just started your career or have been here for 15+ years.”
Pamela, University Housing

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