Members of the CALS community are invited to bring a lunch and join the EDC’s Lunch and Learn discussions. The spring 2023 sessions will be a mix of virtual and in-person offerings occurring on the following dates:
- February 20: Venice R. Williams – “The Table We Set, The Food We Eat”
- This session is cancelled. The CALS EDC hopes to reschedule, with the date TBD.
- March 20: Dr. Jennifer Sheridan – “The Status of Women Faculty in Biological & Physical Sciences at UW–Madison: Looking Back/Looking Forward”
- 12pm-1pm, 103 Taylor Hall
- Register here by Friday, March 17!
- Please bring your own lunch!
- April 17: Beyond the Table: Food Justice, Science & Policy
- 8:30am-4:00pm, Union South
- Register here!
- May 1: Kevin Wong, APIDA Student Center Program Coordinator
- 12pm-1pm, Zoom
Zoom links (when applicable) and details regarding the speakers and presentation topics will be posted prior to each event.
Presentation by Kevin Wong, APIDA Student Center Program Coordinator
May 1, 2023
Virtual via Zoom: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/j/93162908291?pwd=WmdOS1RJcno3UUcxU2ZWV3VNcExSZz09
Kevin Wong (he/him/his) is the Program Coordinator for the APIDA Student Center. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UW-Madison in 2015, and since graduation, he has worked for a few years in the private sector as a paralegal and then back at the University of Wisconsin Survey Center as a research coordinator. As the son of Taiwanese immigrants, Kevin is a second generation American who identifies as Asian American, and he looks forward to leveraging the intersectionality of his personal identities as it relates to this dynamic to further the mission of the APIDA Student Center.
At the APIDA Student Center, Kevin is excited to contribute skills from a variety of experiences including: serving as an instructor and facilitator for Sociology 496 InterCultural Dialogues as an undergrad, serving as a member of the Leadership Team for the Our Wisconsin Program, and co-coordinating the 2021 UW-Madison Diversity Forum’s featured panel session (The APIDA Community in Wisconsin: Our Lived Experiences on Campus and Beyond), where he also served as a panelist. Kevin is currently also serving as the President of the Wisconsin Alumni Association’s APIDA Affinity Group.
In addition to the administrative and operational roles of the Program Coordinator, Kevin seeks to be an advocate for and partner with this great community of students as they make their lasting contribution to the young and bright legacy of their APIDA Student Center.
Beyond the Table: Food Justice, Science & Policy
April 17, 2023
Join us for Beyond the Table: Food Justice, Science & Policy, a full-day summit on Monday, April 17, 2023 at Union South’s Varsity Hall. MOSAIC, the UW Madison chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Related Sciences (MANRRS) and the UW-Madison CALS Equity & Diversity Committee invite you to participate in a day of programs focused on food justice within our community. The event is open to community members, faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage and learn about food justice.
Building on the success of our spring 2022 MANRRS x MOSAIC event, the 2023 Beyond the Table: Food Justice, Science & Policy summit aims to bring the community together to discuss and learn about food systems. The event also provides valuable opportunities for students to connect, grow, and further their understanding of food justice.
Stay tuned for more information about Beyond the Table: Food Justice, Science & Policy, including a detailed schedule of events and speakers. If you plant to attend please fill out the registration form! We look forward to seeing you at the summit on Monday, April 17, 2023 at Union South’s Varsity Hall!
“The Status of Women Faculty in Biological & Physical Sciences at UW–Madison: Looking Back/Looking Forward”
March 20, 2023
103 Taylor Hall
Please bring your own lunch!
In this talk, Dr. Jennifer Sheridan will share some data about the status of women faculty in the biological & physical sciences at UW–Madison, from the early 2000s to today. A variety of data sources will provide a picture of the progress that has been made, and the important work yet to be done to fully include women in the faculty and leadership of STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) departments at UW–Madison.
“The Table We Set, The Food We Eat”
February 20, 2023
Virtual via Zoom
This session is cancelled. The CALS EDC hopes to reschedule, with the date TBD.
Join Venice R. Williams as she takes us through a journey of exploring the history of food and foodways, and its burdened history…and possibilities for liberation. Sharing her personal and historical relationships to her ancestral African, African American, and Choctaw farming and foodways, Venice will invite us to take a look at “the tables we set” and the food we consume through an equity and food justice lens.
Venice R. Williams identifies as a Cultural & Spiritual Midwife, strongly believing she was placed into Creation to help bring forth all that is good and whole in people, guiding them through the exploration of their life path. She is the Executive Director of Alice’s Garden Urban Farm and Interim Executive Director of the Fondy Food Center, both in Milwaukee. Venice is also a community herbalist, cultivating fifty to sixty herbal species each year, using them to craft teas, salves, scents and more, as part of her holistic, spiritual, community practice. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, since 1989, Venice has been living and serving in Milwaukee as a Layminister through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Greater Milwaukee Synod. She is also Minister for The Table: a first-century-style community in the twenty-first century, and Curator of the Kujichagulia Producers Cooperative.
“Sifting & Reckoning”
In lieu of a scheduled meeting for the December CALS Lunch and Learn session, the Equity and Diversity Committee’s Lunch and Learn subcommittee invites you to attend the Sifting & Reckoning exhibition at the Chazen Museum of Art. Taking an interactive and thematic approach to understanding, reflecting, and discussing UW – Madison’s history of exclusion and resistance, the Sifting & Reckoning exhibition includes themes such as student organizations, housing, academic life, and protest provide insight into the various experiences of marginalized students as they navigated the whole of student life. The Sifting & Reckoning Exhibition it is part of the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Public History Project, which is a multiyear effort to uncover and give voice to those who experienced, challenged, and overcame prejudice on campus. The project grew out of a campus study group that looked into the history of two UW–Madison student organizations in the early 1920s that bore the name of the Ku Klux Klan. Chancellor Rebecca Blank commissioned the Public History Project as one of several responses to the study group’s findings. The broad intent of the project is to ensure that all students and alumni are aware of the full history of the university, including the accomplishments of campus community members from marginalized populations whose stories previously may have been hidden or not widely known. Learn more about the Public History Project, and the Sifting & Reckoning Exhibition here.
The exhibition runs through December 23, 2022, and there is no cost of admission.
“Indigenous Ways of Knowing about Wisconsin’s Tribal Nations”
November 21, 2022
Virtual via Zoom: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/j/93578732653
Join us for an introduction to Wisconsin’s Tribal Nations and explore some key concepts of the Indigenous world view. Leave with your own personal action plan for engaging with Native American people, students and communities that will be developed using a Native American medicine wheel.
Facilitated by Annie Jones, PhD, an enrolled member of the Menominee Nation, and a Professor, Organization Development and Tribal Nations Specialist with UW Madison’s Division of Extension. She is also affiliate faculty with the Departments of American Indian Studies and Community and Environmental Sociology. Annie has worked with Extension for nearly twenty five years serving in a variety of capacities including Associate Dean, Special Assistant to the Dean for Strategic Directions and as a Community Development Educator based in Kenosha County. Annie’s areas of research include indigenous methodologies like the use of the Native American medicine wheel and cultural teachings to enhance planning and evaluation. Annie specializes in participatory and community-based action research and co-leads UW Madison’s Native Nations UW effort along with Aaron Bird Bear and Omar Poler.
“LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Intervention”
October 17, 2022
Register in Advance via Zoom by October 13th: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMkcuGgqDMrHdCnzFy4L2JRY-OQvHpc7hxJ
Join the October 17 session to practice solidarity behaviors with queer and trans people in your life, workplace, and classroom. Learn about campus policies and practices and work on scenarios in a team environment. Come with questions and ideas from your own contexts and leave with confidence in your skills and next steps. Please register via this link and complete the pre-survey by October 13. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Facilitated by Katherine Charek Briggs, the Assistant Director of the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center (GSCC). Katherine has served on the board of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals nationally and in Madison helps organize LGBT Books to Prisoners and the Wisconsin Transgender Health Coalition. Katherine is invested in information access and prison abolition and finds a center in working towards transformative relationships and liberatory community spaces.
Presentation by Dreamers of UW-Madison (UW Dreamers)
September 19/26 RESCHEDULED for October 3, 2022
Virtual via Zoom: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/j/94130218180
The October 3 session will feature the student organization Dreamers of Wisconsin. Dreamers of UW-Madison (UW Dreamers) is a student-led organization, affiliated with the Dreamers of Wisconsin nonprofit, that advocates for undocumented/DACAmented student issues by providing a supportive space, fundraising for scholarships, and organizing events connected to undocumented issues. UW Dreamers hopes to provide more information about their organization and how students/staff on campus can provide a more equitable experience for undocu/DACAmented students.
- Presentation (PDF)
- Dreamers of UW-Madison brochure
- Dreamers of UW-Madison QR code
- Dreamers of UW-Madison general body meeting schedule
“APIDA Student Experience at UW-Madison”
Presentation by Rebecca Johnson, Geetanjali Deole, MS, LPC-IT, and Wei-Chiao Hsu, PhD
May 9, 2022
In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the May 9th CALS Equity and Diversity Lunch & Learn focused on the APIDA student experience at UW-Madison, sharing data on APIDA representation in CALS, highlighting campus resources for APIDA students, and featuring guest speakers Geetanjali Deole, MS, LPC-IT and Wei-Chiao Hsu, PhD, Licensed Psychologist from Mental Health Services.
- Presentation (PDF)
- APIDA Student Representation and Resources at UW-Madison (PDF)
- Alyssa Hui ’20, a first-generation college student and graduate from UW-Madison, created this video which depicts the impacts of racial stereotypes, microaggressions, and discrimination toward her Asian and Asian American peers. https://asianamerican.wisc.edu/about/
“Supporting Student Well-Being in Academic Environments Through a Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) Change Framework”
Presentation by Paris Wicker and Kelsey Weddig
April 18, 2022, 12pm-1pm May 2, 2022, 12pm-1pm
Paris Wicker (she/her) is a graduate project assistant in University Health Services for Prevention and Healthy Campus Initiatives. In this position, Paris supports initiatives at the policy and structural level to advance health equity and cultivate well-being, especially in academic settings (e.g. classrooms, labs, etc.). Paris is also a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis with a doctoral minor in sociology at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She researches personal networks, relationships, policies, and processes in Higher Education that shape well-being for Black and Indigenous women, from pre-college programs to post-tenure. Prior to the doctoral journey, Paris worked for 10 years as a higher education practitioner within college admissions and student affairs and has a master’s degree in professional counseling.
Kelsey Weddig (she/her) was born and raised in Door County, Wisconsin, and is a senior graduating in May with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Kelsey is Healthy Academics Prevention Intern with UHS. In this role, she helps develop the Healthy Academics Prevention Toolkit. She also is a member of Cardiac on Campus, a student organization on campus whose primary mission is to promote cardiovascular health and prevention by teaching CPR and AED classes, as well as raising money for AED placement on campus. When school isn’t consuming her life, she loves going to concerts, watching sports, traveling, and spending quality time with family and friends.
“Teaching for Well-Being Using the Healthy Academics Toolkit”
Presentation by Paris Wicker and Kelsey Weddig (biographies above)
March 28, 2022
“Update on CALS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts”
Presentation by Dean Kate VandenBosch and Senior Associate Dean Mark Rickenbach
February 21, 2022
For the first CALS Equity and Diversity Committee sponsored Lunch and Learn session for the spring 2022 semester, Dean Kate VandenBosch and Senior Associate Dean Mark Rickenbach provided updates and goals relating to CALS diversity and inclusion efforts. We also introduced CALS Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Louis Macias.