Student Employee Diversity Forum Series

Introducing the Student Employee Diversity Forum Series!

Whether you are a current UW-Madison Student Employee or not, we all play a part in creating an inclusive Badger community for all. Join your peers in this thought-provoking forum which will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas while engaging in a variety of topics on diversity, identity and inclusion. The forum consists of 8 sessions spread out across the week of October 5th-9th. Students can attend any or all of the sessions provided as part of the Forum Series. All sessions will take place in a virtual setting (Blackboard Collaborate) and will be one hour in length.


  • Communicate new perspectives and knowledge to participants, providing a foundation for mindful discussion.
  • Develop valuable skills that will foster and encourage an expanded awareness surrounding diversity, identity and inclusion.
  • Empower participants to express their identity and feel confident in their ability to create inclusive environments.

While each event has a student employee focus, all students are welcome to attend these free events! We encourage you to attend the sessions you find to be most valuable on your diversity, identity, and inclusion journey. Together, we can collectively contribute towards a more inclusive Badger community.


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Who Am I: Discover Your Identities

During this workshop attendees will have the opportunity to consider personal identities. Attendees will have the opportunity to consider a variety of personal identities and reflect on how they influence our interactions in difference spaces.

When: Monday, October 5th at 4:00 PM

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Growing Into An Inclusive Leader

Join us as we discuss ways to be an inclusive leader in the classroom, workplace, and your personal life. The discussion will be based off the Growing into an Inclusive Leader podcast which we would encourage you to listen to ahead of time.

When: Tuesday, October 6th at 2:00pm

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Identity At Work

In the Identity At Work workshop, participants will be able to learn more about resources that support their identity in the workplace. Attendees will learn how their identity can work as a strength instead of seeing it as a barrier in their career development. Individuals will also learn skills that will allow them to navigate the job search process, workplace environment and professional networking.

When: Wednesday, October 7th at 1:00 PM

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Badgers Vote

This session engages you in the democratic process of voting through a nonpartisan lens.  Voter suppression targets college students particularly in Wisconsin related to voter registration. In a swing state like Wisconsin, college aged students have the most power to influence the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election. Learn why the youth vote is important, how to engage, and mobilize here at UW!

When: Wednesday, October 7th at 3:00 PM

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Beyond The Gender Binary

The Beyond the Gender Binary workshop participants will be able to learn more about gender and how we express it in our daily lives. Attendees will leave with a toolkit of how to make their employment environment, classrooms, and other community spaces more inclusive of gender identities and expressions.

When: Thursday, October 8th at 11:00 AM

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Privilege And White Identity

In this session, folx will be exploring the concepts of privilege and whiteness. It is a space for white folx to address our privilege, confront our biases, and identify the change we want to be in the world. Students will leave with a working understanding of their own identities and how their whiteness impacts the world around them.

When: Thursday, October 8th at 1:00 PM

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It’s the little things: understanding micromessages and intervention strategies

In this workshop, participants will explore two different types of micromessaging at play in our everyday lives, microaggressions and microaffirmations. From there, participants will learn about different strategies for intervention and work through a scenario. This workshop will include opportunities for engagement through small group discussion as well as individual reflection.

When: Friday, October 9th at 10:30 AM

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From Thoughts To Actions

This workshop will feature a reflective space where attendees can debrief from the various programming featured throughout the week. Participants will collaborate with peers to develop individual action items to help answer the question, “What is next?”

When: Friday, October 9th at 2:00 PM

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The following resources will help expand knowledge on unconscious bias and provide suggested strategies for reducing bias.

Pronoun Usage: 

“You can’t know what pronouns someone uses just by looking at them… Using someone’s pronouns correctly is important because it shows that you respect them. -UW-Madison Gender and Sexuality Campus Center Pronoun Guide

Inclusive Language Information

Social Justice aims to open the doors of access to everyone. The following resources include events and readings/documentaries to help build an understanding on the topic of Social Justice. The following have been graciously compiled by the Wisconsin Union’s Social Justice Hub:

The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center (GSCC) is a unit on campus that is aimed to actively address oppression in all forms and affirms, includes and celebrates people across the spectrum of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, including their intersectional experiences and perspectives.”

The GSCC provides a multitude of trainings, resources and guides for supporting the LGBTQ+ community:

For additional information or support, contact the GSCC at: