Videos and materials from Lunch and Learn sessions in 2018 are posted on this page. For information on current Lunch and Learn talks, go to: http://equitydiversity.cals.wisc.edu/lunch-and-learn/.
“Using Institutional Data to Inform Diversity Work in CALS”
Monday, January 8, 2018
We have focused quite a bit of time into promoting the idea that having a diverse population in CALS will help create a healthy climate, and that we encourage individuals, departments, and units to engage in self-evaluation to seek implementation and updates to strategies involving advising, teaching, recruitment of faculty, staff and students, etc. But, many have inquired about wanting to know more about the demographics and data that paint a picture of our university populations and the trends we can expect. It creates a common refrain, “I did not know things were like that.” There are a lot of pieces of information at our fingertips that can be accessed to help fill in missing pieces to strategic planning processes.
Clare Huhn of the Office of Academic Planning and Institutional Research lead this session outlining pathways to viewing various reports and highlighting pieces of information that can inform our work on diversity and climate issues and how people can become more informed.
“Understanding Implicit Bias”
Monday, February 12, 2018
This interactive talk by Jennifer Sheridan of the Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI) introduced faculty and staff to the concepts of implicit or unconscious biases and assumptions about diverse groups of people by treating the application of such biases as a habit of mind. Participants learned how to uncover their own biases, discovered the underlying concepts and language used in the psychological and social psychological literature to describe such processes, and learned evidence-based strategies for reducing the application of these biases.
“Learning To Teach Amidst The Challenges Of Early-Career Faculty Life”
Monday, March 12, 2018
Early-career faculty peers joined together for a discussion about learning to teach amidst the challenges of early-career faculty life. Teaching strategies and tips as well as information on campus teaching and learning resources were provided in a supportive and discussion-based environment in order to address questions such as: are you concerned about how much time you are spending preparing for class? Do you want to be more intentional about your teaching? Do you ever wonder what your students are learning or how they are experiencing your class? Would you like support on designing a course?
Session goals included:
- Connect with other early-career faculty
- Learn a few teaching strategies and tips
- Learn about campus teaching and learning resources
While this session invited early-career faculty, established and seasoned faculty and staff were also urged to attend, as well as those who may be interested in a career in teaching, as the materials are relevant and the discussion rich for all attendees. This session was lead by Megan Schmid, Associate Director of Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence (MTLE), and Chris Castro, MTLE Assistant Director.
“Facilitation Domination: Creating Inclusive Spaces for All”
April 9, 2018
This Lunch & Learn featured an engaging conversation centered on how to facilitate and instruct through the lens of inclusion and diversity. Attendees began by digging in to their own identities and how that often shapes the way they facilitate spaces. They continued by walking through the journey of how to support the outstanding and diverse students in their CALS experience. The session concluded with a discussion of facilitation hurdles, helpful hints, and quick tips. Attendees were asked to bring their own examples of great facilitation styles that have been effective as well as ones they have experienced that have not worked as well. The intention was to provide support and resources as attendees connect with Badgers who bring multiple and diverse identities to each space.
“Beyond the Left-Right Divide: Conditional Mass Polarization and American Politics“
November 12, 2018
Dr. Michael Wagner, associate professor, and Louis A. Maier, Faculty Development Fellow in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, presented on the increased polarization of American politics over the last forty years and ways to approach political conversations in the workplace and social settings. Using a variety of cross-sectional surveys, panel studies, and original experiments, their studies reveal the consequences of the discrepancy between the one-dimensional (“left-right”) structure of the policy preferences of partisan elites and the two-dimensional structure across economic issues and social issues of citizens’ policy preferences. They also discussed consequences of these mass polarization insights for the future of American politics.