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BioCommons Tutorial Support Program
Hired tutors to provide small group exam preparation for students enrolled in foundation upper level science courses Biochemistry 501, Microbiology 303, and Genetics 466. The goal was to develop a consistent community of study group attendees to have regular question and answer time in a consistent space to help address a commonly expressed concern, particularly for URM or first generation students, of difficulty navigating the process for getting help and finding others to study with. Facilitators met with the groups for exam preparation, and course material review.
CALS Department Diversity Representatives
Each CALS academic department was asked to select a faculty member to serve as Department Diversity Representative. These individuals will serve two year terms, and are responsible for facilitating discussion and initiatives relating to diversity and climate within their departments. The goal is for each department to engage in meaningful assessment and training to address needs relating to faculty, staff, and students within their departments. Examples of initiatives departments have taken are to invite training activities, such as doing the Implicit Bias workshop by WISELI, or creating a standing agenda item for department meetings relating to diversity. Some are initiating staff hiring policies. The reps meet twice a semester to share best practices.
CALS Lunch and Learn Series
Beginning in the Spring 2017 semester, the CALS Equity and Diversity Committee sponsored a series of presentations designed to highlight and inform attendees on issues related to diversity and climate. Presentation topics included Responding to Microaggressions, The Impact of Social Media on Culture, Updates on Mental Health Issues, Mapping Social Identity, Power, and Privilege, and Promoting Success for Underrepresented Students in STEM Classes. The outreach was targeted at faculty and staff in the college to better inform the impact of their work on students from underrepresented populations, and to be aware of issues when planning activities. We expect this program to continue for 2017-18.
CALS Lunch and Learn Series
Beginning in the Spring 2017 semester, the CALS Equity and Diversity Committee sponsored a series of presentations designed to highlight and inform attendees on issues related to diversity and climate. Presentation topics included Responding to Microaggressions, The Impact of Social Media on Culture, Updates on Mental Health Issues, Mapping Social Identity, Power, and Privilege, and Promoting Success for Underrepresented Students in STEM Classes. The outreach was targeted at faculty and staff in the college to better inform the impact of their work on students from underrepresented populations, and to be aware of issues when planning activities. We expect this program to continue for 2017-18.
CALS Outreach Days
We partner with organizations and schools that serve predominantly underrepresented student populations, and provide immersion experiences for students to engage in hands on activities designed to introduce them to topics focused on in CALS. This is accomplished by bringing these groups to campus, and allowing our students, faculty, and staff to engage them in meaningful dialogue and activity to show them what we do, and present information about the potential for them to pursue similar pathways.
CALS Summer Collaboration with PEOPLE Program
CALS has provided summer internship opportunities for rising seniors who are part of the PEOPLE Program. We introduce them to areas of research we engage, and allow them hands on mentoring experiences with our faculty, staff, and students over a 5-6 week period. We hope these students, if admitted and come to UW-Madison, will consider CALS majors.
CALS Summer Collaboration with PEOPLE Program
CALS has provided summer internship opportunities for rising seniors who are part of the PEOPLE Program. We introduce them to areas of research we engage, and allow them hands on mentoring experiences with our faculty, staff, and students over a 5-6 week period. We hope these students, if admitted and come to UW-Madison, will consider CALS majors.
STEM Diversity Network
The UW-Madison STEM diversity network is the online destination for resources related to STEM diversity on campus and beyond. This website is funded by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the UW-Madison Chancellor’s office to Ahna Skop at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This site is a collaboration between Skop, two undergraduates (Olushola Kemi Olukoga & Kaitlin Morse), one graduate student (Jennifer Gilbert), Don Stanley (Life Sciences Communication), Tom Browne (CALS Academic Dean & Chair of CALS Equity and Diversity) and newly retired, Lilian Tong (WISCIENCE). The main goals of the STEM diversity network are to: Catalyze communication and collaboration among students, faculty and staff on the UW-Madison campus in STEM fields. Provide resources and opportunities that allow undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and scientists to succeed in STEM fields. Provide outreach to the public outside of the UW-Madison campus. Create community in STEM on the UW-Madison campus.

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