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Test your implicit biases and practice strategies to break the bias habit

Kelly Thomas and Jennifer Sheridan at the April 2014 Breaking the Bias Habit presentation at the UW-Extension Pyle Center

Kelly Thomas, left, and Jennifer Sheridan

Students are stressing about finals, so it’s only fair for faculty and staff to take a few tests, right? However, you can’t study for these tests introduced to UW Colleges and UW-Extension faculty and staff during a recent “Breaking the Bias Habit” presentation at the Pyle Center facilitated by Kelly Thomas of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and featuring Jennifer Sheridan, executive and research director of the Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute at UW-Madison.

Project Implicit tests are designed to reveal “thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control.”  You can check your attitudes toward or beliefs about  various topics (sexuality, disability, race, weight, gender-career, native, gender-science, religion, Asian, skin-tone, weapons, age, Arab-Muslim) at:https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html

Awareness of your implicit biases is a first step. Breaking the bias habit, however, takes more than good intentions. Sheridan presented five alternative strategies, using examples from her focus on gender equity in “STEMM” (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine) fields.

1.       Stereotype replacement: Recognize your own stereotypic thoughts or society’s stereotypic portrayals, label them, challenge the fairness and replace them with non-stereotypic responses.

2.       Counter-stereotype imaging: Regulate your response by imagining a counter-stereotype person in detail (someone you know or someone you imagine).

3.       Individuating instead of generalizing: Avoid snap decisions based on a stereotype, get more information on specific qualifications/experiences before making a decision and practice attributing actions to a situation instead of a disposition (such as, if a woman does poorly on an engineering exam, consider that she might not have gotten enough sleep rather than assuming she’s terrible at engineering).

4.       Perspective-taking: Imagine what it would be like to have your abilities called into question, be viewed as less committed to your career than colleagues with similar training and effort, or be skipped over  for opportunities because of a supervisor’s assumptions about your interests or abilities.

5.       Increasing opportunities for contact: Seek opportunities for greater interaction to counter stereotypes, such as at professional meetings and through guest speakers/teachers for your class or department.

For a closer look at Sheridan’s presentation, click on the PowerPoint link in the “Managing Unconscious Bias” post at: https://inclusion.uwex.uwc.edu/tutorials

 

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Save the Date: April 23 Breaking the Bias Habit

 

Jennifer Sheridan

Jennifer Sheridan

What is the evidence that gender bias is a real phenomenon with real consequences – both for men and women? How does it show up in the academic workplace? What strategies can you use to reduce gender bias in your everyday life?

Jennifer Sheridan will address these questions during a presentation that’s free and open to all UW Colleges and UW-Extension faculty and staff. She is executive and research director of the Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (The photo by Michael Forster Rothbart is courtesy of UW-Madison, University Communications.)

“I think participants enjoy the fun demonstrations we use to show how implicit processing works,” she said. “This removes the tendency to see implicit gender bias as something only ‘bad’ people do, and see it instead as the normal functioning of both male and female minds.”

You can attend “Breaking the Bias Habit” in person from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison, or watch the webcast online, for which details will be provided closer to the event.

The workshop is hosted by the UW Colleges and UW-Extension Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, which provides additional information here. You also are invited to contact Kelly Thomas, special assistant to the chancellor for affirmative action, at kelly.thomas@uwex.uwc.edu or 608-890-3472.  

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UW-Extension Classified Staff Council invites all UW-Extension staff to brown bag

All UW-Extension staff and faculty are invited to the second Classified Staff Council brown bag lunch to meet the council and learn what they’re doing. The meeting will be from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the Pyle Center Auditorium Room 121 and via WisLine. To participate via WisLine, dial 1-888-291-0310 and when prompted enter the passcode: 7297394

 

Here’s the agenda:

11:45 to 12:05            CSC 101: What is Classified Staff Council & what are we doing?

12:05 to 12:15            David Prucha, Director of HR – UPS Update

12:15 to 12:25            Interim Chancellor Aaron Brower

12:25 to 12:30            Dan Hill & Judy Ballweg, Office of the Secretary of the Faculty & Staff

12:30 to 1:00              Informal discussion & Q&A

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Meet 20 new leaders in training

Chancellor Ray Cross welcomed the second class of the Academy for Leadership and Innovation at a reception Feb. 4, 2014, at The Lowell Center. This is a leadership development and critical thinking class designed for faculty, academic staff and classified staff working in UW Colleges and UW-Extension, as well as those working in UW-Extension appointments at other UW institutions. Details are available at: http://uwex.uwc.edu/leadership/

Rose Brust, left, and Jane Ritger

Rose Brust, left, and Jane Ritger

He thanked “Class 1″ for their work over the previous year, including projects that he is sharing with UW Colleges and UW-Extension leaders for follow up. He also thanked Sue Buck and Rosemary Potter for their leadership of the academy.

The new class, which will meet five times in the coming year, includes those listed below.

 

Name

Position

Institution

Jayant Anand

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology

UW-Barron County

UW Colleges

Rose Brust

Senior Graphic Designer

UW-Marathon County

UW Colleges

Kimberly Clist

Program Coordinator

Leadership Wisconsin

UW-Extension, Division of Cooperative Extension

John Fons

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Associate Professor of Physics

UW-Rock County

UW Colleges

John Gaddo

Regional Manager, Wisconsin Public Radio

UW-Extension, Division of Broadcasting and Media Innovations

Ramona Gasper

Administrative Assistant

Chancellor’s Office

UW Colleges and UW-Extension

UW Colleges & UW-Extension

Joni Geroux

Outreach Program Manager

University of Wisconsin – Stout

UW-Extension, Division of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning

Jason Hausler

4-H Youth Development Educator

Dunn County UW-Extension Office

UW-Extension, Division of Cooperative Extension

Julie Janiak

Director of TRIO Student Support Services and Precollege Programs

UW Colleges/UW Rock County

UW Colleges

Emily Johnson

Program Manager, Bachelor of Professional Studies

Division of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning

UW-Extension, Division of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning

Debra Karp

Director of Community Engagement

Center for Community Partnerships

University of Wisconsin – Parkside

 

UW-Extension, Division of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning

Kurt Kaspar

Studio/Remote Production Manager

Wisconsin Public Television

 

UW-Extension, Division of Broadcasting and Media Innovations

John McCulley

Senior Student Services Coordinator

Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning

UW-Extension, Division of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning

Colleen S. Merrill

Director, Small Business Development Center

University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh

UW-Extension, Division of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Noah Ovshinsky

Assistant News Director

Wisconsin Public Radio

UW-Extension, Division of Broadcasting and Media Innovations

Mark Peterson

Department of Philosophy

UW-Washington County

UW Colleges

Jane Ritger

Client Relations Specialist

Wisconsin Public Radio

UW-Extension, Division of Broadcasting and Media Innovations

Kris Tiles

Regional Natural Resources Educator

UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension

UW-Extension, Division of Cooperative Extension

Krystal M. Wambold

Operations Director

Division of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

UW-Extension, Division of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Sam Wiltzius

IT Services Manager

Instructional Communications Systems

UW-Extension, Division of Broadcasting and Media Innovations

 

 

 

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Chancellor congratulates 20 leadership program graduates

2013 Academy for Leadership and InnovationChancellor Ray Cross congratulated the UW Colleges and UW-Extension graduates of the Academy for Leadership and Innovation earlier this month at the Pyle Center in Madison, encouraging them to “Keep creating innovative ways to carry out our work and meet the educational needs of Wisconsin residents, businesses and communities.”

The Dec. 4 graduation event celebrated the work participants did over a series of five sessions in 2013. Their learning activities related to major policy, management and leadership issues facing outreach and higher education in Wisconsin. They participated in leadership assessment and leadership skill-building activities, gave presentations on major leadership theorists and volunteered in a mentoring program. 

The chancellor also presented Sue Buck with a certificate of appreciation for her excellent work in directing this premier leadership program for the past 12 years. Upon her departure, Rosemary Potter will lead the academy. The next class will first meet in February 2014 in Madison.

For information on the Academy for Leadership and Innovation, visit here.

For details on the 20 members of the class of 2013, read their biographies here.

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UW Flex admission process kicks off with news conference and celebration

 

Todd Richmond, Aaron Apel and Karen Herzog

Todd Richmond, Aaron Apel and Karen Herzog

Aaron Apel was the center of attention as UW-Extension, UW System, UW Colleges and UW-Milwaukee leaders announced the opening of the UW Flexible Option admissions process at a news conference Nov. 18, 2013, at the Pyle Center in Madison.  Apel, who works in the registrar’s office at UW-Madison, represented the most important focus of the event: prospective students.

As such, he was congratulated on his application by news conference speakers: UW System President Kevin Reilly, Chancellor Ray Cross, Regents Regina Millner and Tracy Hribar, UW-Extension Interim Provost Aaron Brower, Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning (CEOEL) Dean David Schejbal, UW Colleges’ Flex faculty point person Kim Kostka, CEOEL Director of the Office of Student Success Jan Ford and UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing Dean Sally Lundeen.

Apel also was interviewed by media, including, pictured here, Todd Richmond of the Associated Press and Karen Herzog of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Additional information about the event is available through the news release and the UW Colleges and UW-Extension Facebook photo album. In addition, the event recording is archived on Mediasite.

If you know someone interested in exploring the UW Flexible Option, please direct them to the website, http://flex.wisconsin.edu/ , where they can take the Flex Fit self-evaluation to see if a UW degree or certificate program offered in the Flexible Option format would be a good fit for their educational needs, goals and expectations.

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“And the walls came tumbling down…” with song at UW-Extension awards event

 

Krystal Wambold and Jonathan Overby  at UW-Extension Academic Staff Council awards event

Krystal Wambold and Jonathan Overby

Singing is not usually part of the University of Wisconsin-Extension Academic Staff Council Awards of Excellence program. In fact, the awardees don’t usually even have a speaking role. This year, however, Chancellor Ray Cross invited Jonathan Overby to grace the audience with his voice Oct. 16 at the Pyle Center in Madison.

Overby earned a hearty round of applause for blessing his colleagues with the chorus of “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho,” as well as for the body of work that led to his recognition as a “superstar” in his field. He earned the “distinguished” prefix, so now bears the title of distinguished senior broadcast specialist with Wisconsin Public Radio, part of UW-Extension’s public broadcasting division.

“Since 1994 Wisconsin Public Radio listeners have tuned in to hear Dr. Jonathan Overby engage, entertain and inform through his talk, variety and music programs,” said Krystal Wambold, chair of the Academic Staff Council, who introduced the award recipients. “Dr. Overby’s career at WPR began as a Sunday morning talk-show host, later a variety show host and producer and then executive producer and host of his current Saturday evening world music broadcast ‘Higher Ground with Jonathan Overby.”

Chancellor Cross noted that, in August, Overby had marked his 1,000th broadcast for Wisconsin Public Radio. UW-Extension Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor Aaron Brower added that Overby several years ago made his son “feel like a rock star” by inviting him to be on one of his shows a few times.

Wambold acknowledged that Overby’s performance would be a hard act to follow, joking, “I wonder what Mik and Angela will do.”

“Mik” is Michael Derks, a producer for Wisconsin Public Television, also in UW-Extension’s public broadcasting division. He was one of two to receive an Academic Staff Council Award for Excellence.

“Mik has produced many documentaries sharing Wisconsin’s history including Wisconsin Veterans’ history. He also helped in the planning of LZ Lambeau, providing a long overdue welcome home to veterans of the Vietnam war,” Wambold told the audience of about 75. “Mik is currently working closely with Wisconsin tribal communities to document Wisconsin Indian Nations. His recent program ‘Jerry Apps: A Farm Story’ was very successful with viewers and was purchased by PBS for national distribution.”

Angela Voras-Hills received an Academic Staff Council Award for Excellence for, in part, her work with a pilot project that served as the forerunner to the UW Flexible Option expected to launch with applications accepted in late November.

 “Angela currently serves as a student services specialist in the Independent Learning program, the Division of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning’s oldest program at 121 years and counting,” Wambold said. “This past year she took the lead in student services for the Independent Learning Flexible Option pilot program, serving 100 participants through three program offerings. Angela acted as primary contact for program students, led in the establishment of required policies and procedures, developed a proactive advising schedule and messaging, helped in establishing proctoring procedures and assisted with public relations.”

Information about the Awards for Excellence is posted at: http://www.uwex.edu/secretary/awards-excellence.html Details about the distinguished prefix guidelines are available with “Progression Resources for Academic Staff” at: http://www.uwex.edu/secretary/title-progression.html

Angela Voras-Hills and colleagues

Angela Voras-Hills and colleagues

 

Aaron Brower, Krystal Wambold, Michael Derks and Ray Cross

Aaron Brower, Krystal Wambold, Michael Derks and Ray Cross

 

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