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Learn how to handle disagreements at work

Your ability to build and maintain important relationships depends on effective communication skills. Those skills are essential to handling disagreements and resolving conflicts with your co-workers.

Life Matters, your Employee Assistance Program,will present “Coworker Communication: Handling Disagreements at Work” from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison, and via Mediasite at: http://ics.webcast.uwex.edu/Mediasite7/Play/b61ccf4bb6674cacb8a53d3f3f724be71d

For those unable to participate live, the presentation will be recorded and posted later online at: http://uwex.uwc.edu/eao/

The content includes:

This presentation is being offered as a piloted monthly series. Look for additional topics, which we will be hosting in October and November.

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3 ways to learn about LifeMatters, your new Employee Assistance Program

Angela Terrab, left of OEDI, & Amy Thomas

Angela Terrab, left, of OEDI, and Amy Thomas, May 20 LifeMatters presenter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You have 24/7 access to a wide variety of services through the new UW Colleges and UW-Extension Employee Assistance Program. Find out more about LifeMatters in three ways:

  1. View the LifeMatters recorded program orientation presented by Amy Thomas May 20, 2014, here (facilitated by the UW Colleges and UW-Extension Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion or OEDI). You may be surprised by the breadth of services available free to employees and their families (and others living in their home), which include phone and in-person counseling, financial consultation with a certified financial counselor, legal consultation, resource searches (such as relocation services, pet care, health clubs and home improvement services) and educational information.
  2. Visit https://www.mylifematters.com/ and enter the password SOWI. (Note: Your use of this website will remain anonymous, as this is a shared password among all Wisconsin state employees accessing LifeMatters online.)
  3. Call 1-800-634-6433, a number that is answered 24 hours a day, every day of the year. TDD and language translation services also are available.

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What you need to know about UW fund balances

You don’t need the expertise of a budget officer. You do need to know how to respond to questions posed while you’re waiting in the grocery store line. And you do need to understand why fund balances held by UW Colleges and UW-Extension aren’t the answer to all of our compensation issues.

Interim Chancellor Aaron Brower and Jason Beier, interim vice chancellor of administrative and financial services, explained the basics during “Fund Balance 101” Town Halls May 21 for UW Colleges faculty and staff and May 22 for UW-Extension faculty and staff at the Pyle Center in Madison.

Both sessions are posted for your viewing at:

UW-Extension meeting

UW Colleges meeting

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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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