UWM Racial Justice and Equity Program

To bring about transformational change from within, Chancellor Mark Mone and Vice Chancellor Joan Prince charged a small group of faculty and staff to develop a training that would serve as a foundational step in UWM’s path toward racial equity. This approach was chosen with the understanding that each member of the campus community has a role to play in making UWM a more just and equitable place. Led by Dr. Chia Youyee Vang (Associate Vice Chancellor and Professor of History), the curriculum development team included Karen Massetti-Moran (Associate Director, Human Resources), Jamie Cimpl-Wiemer (Director, Equity and Diversity Services), Dr. Elizabeth Drame (Professor and Chair, Teaching and Learning) and Dr. Sara VanderHaagen (Associate Professor, Communication).

Based on best practices from researchers and practitioners, UWM’s Racial Justice and Equity Program is a five-module professional development opportunity for employees to learn and reflect about the negative impact of racial injustice throughout U.S. history and how race shapes our society today. These modules provide information to help individuals understand the influence of implicit racial biases on our behavior, and they recommend practical actions we can take to combat racism and foster inclusion and belonging for all. Because this training is crucial for all UWM employees, Chancellor Mone and his extended cabinet members went through it in December 2020. The program consists of the following components:

• UWM Commitment Messages from Chancellor Mark Mone and Vice Chancellor Joan Prince
Program Introduction
Module 1: Self-Assessment
Module 2: History of Race
Module 3: Power and Privilege
Module 4: The Power of Implicit (Unconscious) Bias
Module 5: Allyship Fundamentals and Leadership Actions to Foster Belonging

Modules 2-5 include required materials to review and short quizzes. Each module provides additional suggestions for those interested in deepening knowledge. While individuals can complete the modules in one sitting, or multiple sittings, it is recommended that you take time to deeply reflect and engage in potential action in between modules. The training is estimated to take 3.5 hours (excluding optional materials). Modules can be completed on your own or with others. A limited number of facilitated group sessions will be offered during Spring 2021 in the form of six-week discussion cohorts. Each cohort will offer participants weekly opportunities for deeper exploration and discussion of the content with a small group. You may sign up for a facilitated cohort below. If you choose to form your own group to discuss the modules, you can obtain a facilitation guide from Associate Vice Chancellor Chia Youyee Vang. Employees will have until May 30, 2021 to complete the training. Upon completion, you will receive an email notification with a PDF file of training materials for future reference.

Looking for the list of facilitators and their schedules from Spring 2021?
You can find it here.