The Equity and Diversity Committee Lunch and Learn series was launched in Spring 2017. Videos and materials from Lunch and Learn sessions in 2019 are posted on this page. For information on current Lunch and Learn talks, go to: http://equitydiversity.cals.wisc.edu/lunch-and-learn/.
“The Color of Drinking: How High-Risk Drinking Impacts Students’ Wisconsin Experience“
January 28, 2019
Presented by Reonda Washington, this session examined the intersection of alcohol prevention and social justice, as well as strategies to create a more inclusive environment. For years, UW–Madison has focused its work on reducing high-risk drinking among the high-risk drinking population. Data show that students of color are some of the university’s lowest-risk drinkers. Knowing this, UW–Madison decided to investigate the impact of its alcohol culture on students of color through the Color of Drinking Survey in 2015 and 2017. Findings from both surveys were discussed in this session.
“When Extreme Weather Events Collide with Socio-Economic Reality: Lessons Learned from Hurricane María“
March 11, 2019
On September 20th of 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. This session aimed to highlight the events before, during and after the storm in its passing through the island and how it affected the livelihood of Puerto Ricans. A brief historical context of Puerto Rico and the events that contributed to the socio-economic situation exacerbated by the hurricane was provided. Also discussed were the effects of the hurricane’s passing on island, including its agriculture, and perspective of UW-Madison student’s experience while living in Puerto Rico and Madison. The efforts by UW-Madison Graduate Students that formed “Madison for Puerto Rico” were highlighted. Furthermore, the lessons learned from the storm’s passing were discussed and examples from grassroots efforts for relief and rebuilding were provided.
“Native Nations Culture Keepers/Elders-in-Residence Program“
April 22, 2019
Larry Nesper is a Professor of Anthropology and the Director of American Indian Studies at UW-Madison. He is the author of The Walleye War: The Struggle for Ojibwe Spearfishing and Treaty Rights, a cultural account of the treaty rights conflict that took place in Wisconsin in the 1980s. His current research explores the development of tribal courts in Wisconsin as well as state court/tribal court relations.
The Native Nations_UW Working Group has been collaborating for the past few years with Native Nations across Wisconsin on health, environmental conservation, and educational opportunities. At the heart of this was the launch of the Culture Keepers/Elders-in-Residence Program, which brought prominent social worker, former assistant secretary of Indian affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior, and Menominee Tribal member Ada Deer to campus for a week. Hosted by the American Indian Studies Program, Deer spent the week engaging in cultural education and programming. Goals of the program are to provide students and UW personnel with access to crucial cultural education opportunities, while improving campus climate for Native students. Leland Wigg Ninham, former Appeals Commissioner for the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin will be the Elder-in-Residence from April 8-12, 2019. Dr. Nesper shared more information about the Culture Keepers/Elders-in-Residence Program at this Lunch and Learn.
“Diversity and Inclusion on Campus: Supporting Racially and Ethnically Underrepresented Students in Higher Education”
September 9, 2019
Rachelle Winkle-Wagner is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at UW–Madison as well as an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and the Department of Afro-American Studies. She is a co-founder and co-director of the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research (WCER) Fellows Program, a doctoral training program created to promote diversity in the academy.
Winkle-Wagner’s research focuses on how students of color survive and thrive in college. This involves using sociological approaches to investigate how race and gender are manifested in gaining access to and persisting through college. At this CALS EDC Lunch and Learn event, she discussed lessons learned from her research with students of color – at both the undergraduate and graduate levels – with with the goal of exploring better practices that could be implemented at UW-Madison and other institutions.
Winkle-Wagner is an author or editor of seven books including, “The Unchosen Me: Race, Gender, and Identity Among Black Women in College” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009) and “Diversity and Inclusion on Campus: Supporting Racially and Ethnically Underrepresented Students” (with Angela Locks, Routledge Press, 2020). Her seventh book, “Critical Theory and Data Analysis” (Routledge Press, 2019) is co-edited with two doctoral students, Jamila Lee-Johnson and Ashley Gaskew. Her work also has been published in journals such as Review of Educational Research, Review of Higher Education,Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Race, Ethnicity & Education, and The Journal of Higher Education.
“Building a Better Bucky: History of Diversity and Climate Initiatives at UW-Madison”
October 7, 2019
UW-Madison has a very complex history involving diversity and climate and many assumptions are made regarding UW-Madison as an institution related to diversity and inclusion. This CALS Lunch and Learn session provided by the CALS Equity and Diversity Committee focused on the timeline and development of diversity programming on the UW-Madison campus.
Historical activities and events were documented, as well as the campus responses at those given times, that have led to the current landscape of resources and programs on campus today. The goal was to emphasize the continued need for support of activities and resources that support diversity and inclusion, and how the UW-Madison community can be engaged in creating an environment that is safe and inviting to everyone. Ida Balderrama-Trudell, assistant dean and interim director of the Multicultural Student Center, lead this discussion and dialogue.