CODI's past activities
Viewing of People Like Us, PBS documentary
Discussion led by Rodney Horikawa and Will Clifton
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Location: 334 Bascom
"Class can be harder to spot than racial or ethnic differences, yet in many ways it's the most important predictor of what kind of financial and educational opportunities someone will have in life. But class is a hard subject to talk about in a society like ours, where the idea that all people are created equal is enshrined in national legend." Join CODI for a viewing of "People Like Us," a PBS documentary. The film will be followed by a facilitated discussion to explore how social class plays a role in our life and work at UW.
Partnering Across Differences
Presented by Jim Gray, Office of Human Resource Development
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Location: Memorial Union (TITU)
This session presents partnership as an effective model to use when creating a positive diversity climate. It will define partnership, define and compare strategies used to leverage diversity and build inclusion, and present techniques each person can use to enhance workplace partnerships.
CODI Spring Semester Kick-Off Event
Friday, February 11th
Location: 21 N. Park, Room 6406
Meet and mingle with CODI members, learn about our exciting spring programming line-up, and enjoy light refreshments.
The Challenge of the Difficult Employee
November 23, 2010 and January 27, 2011
Location: Red Gym, On Wisconsin Room
Presented by Susan Riseling (bio), Associate Vice Chancellor/Chief, University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department
In every organization the challenges of dealing with difficult employees eventually surface. In order to be an effective leader, one must learn what leads employees to be difficult and how to prevent the difficult employee from negatively affecting the organization. This session will explore how to detect those who may be difficult in advance of hiring them, will offer tips to recognize a difficult employee in the early stages, and will provide tips for dealing with difficult employees when they become problematic.
DEBRIEFING - directly following Chief Riseling's presentation on January 27
Please stay for additional conversation, led by Graduate School Human Resources Assistant Dean, Julie Karpelenia. Bring your questions about how the topics that Chief Riseling presented can be applied to our hiring practices.
CODI Kick-Off Event
September 24, 2010
Location: 350 Bascom
Four Lakes Cultural Landscape Tour
Friday, October 22, 2010
Led by Aaron Bird Bear, Senior Student Services Coordinator, Student Diversity Programs, School of Education
Location: Meet at the Memorial Union. The tour will proceed across campus.
The Four Lakes Cultural Landscape walking tour will examine the parallel developments of the state and university with consideration of the complex outcomes for American Indian people and nations of the Great Lakes. The evolving relationship between Indians and non-Indians can be seen in the development of campus buildings and landmarks over time. The tour will also visit Indigenous landmarks created between 700 and 2500 years ago. In interpreting the significance of the landmarks, the tour will provide an overview of American Indian history and federal Indian policy leading us to a greater awareness of modern Indigenous nations and peoples.
Continuously inhabited since ice sheets receded 12,000 years ago, DeJope ("Four Lakes" in the Ho-Chunk language) has been the ancestral home of the Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sauk and Fox, and Potawatomi Nations. The shores of Lake Mendota are now home to the University of Wisconsin – Madison, arguably one of the richest ancient archaeological landscapes of all campuses in the United States. The campus and the city of Madison exist in what was once the epicenter of the effigy mound building culture of the upper Midwest. Of the ~15,000 landscape features created prior to European arrival, close to 4,000 remain, with over thirty ancient Archaeological Sites known on current or former campus property.
UW-Madison currently enrolls over 300 American Indian and Alaskan Native students. The Indigenous student body represents over 40 of the 564 American Indian and Alaskan Native Nations in the United States today, including students from the 11 Wisconsin Indian nations.
Book Discussion: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By Rebecca Skloot
CODI will host discussions on the The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which was selected as this year’s campus common read (Go Big Read).
From the Go Big Read webpage: “Skloot recounts the little-known story of the origin of the "HeLa" cells which have directly aided many advances in modern medicine. The story of Henrietta Lacks, the African-American cancer patient who was the unwitting donor of the cells, will provoke community discussions on a range of issues related to bioethics and diversity.”
Discussion dates, times, and locations:
November 11 & November 18, 2010
November 9 & November 16, 2010
21 N. Park, Room 6406
Domestic student diversity panel
Film: "UW-Madison Cultural Landscapes: First Nations"
Reading seminar on Ojibwe writings and culture
"Communicating Respectfully, Even Wehn You Don't Feel Like It"
"Pieces of String Too Small to Save"
International student panel
Reading seminar: Unequal Childhoods
"Intro to Professional Development: Forging a Partnership for Success"
"Communication Skills for Effectively Managing Conflict"
"Effective Communication within a Swamped Environment"
"Communicating Effectively in a Diverse Work Environment"
"Where do we go from here? Continuing efforts for professional development"
Wellness yoga workshop series
"Workplace Stress: Managing Stress in our Work Environment"
"Ergonomics: Being Comfortable in your Work Environment"
"How Diversity Impacts You in the Workplace"