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EID plays an essential role in our day-to-day practice. This remains true as our communities and country grapple with the consequences of police brutality, white supremacy, and systemic racism, all in the wake of a pandemic. Please remember to center EID and our EID principles as we work through our campus response and communications around our response, what the impact our response and these  realities  have on employees, who’s most impacted, who needs additional support, who might be overlooked, how do we best meet these needs, etc. 

Please continue to take good care and check-in with each other, your loved ones, your friends and colleagues.

Community & Well-Being

COVID-19 Information for Employees 

The challenges we are facing together as a university community raise many questions. On this page, you will find information on a variety of topics related to campus operations and workplace procedures and policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will also find information that can help you protect health and safety for you and your family.

Planning for Fall 2020 and Beyond
Smart Restart  

The University of Wisconsin-Madison will welcome students back to campus as scheduled for the start of fall classes on September 2. To ensure a “Smart Restart” amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we are developing a comprehensive plan for resuming campus activities.

Public Health Madison & Dane County Releases New Orders Requiring Face Coverings 

Effective on Monday (7/13), everyone age 5 and older will be required to wear a face covering or mask when in any enclosed building where other people, except for members of the person’s own household or living unit, could be present.

Free COVID-19 Testing
Alliant Energy Center, 8:00am-4:00pm

Public Health Madison & Dane County tests, 8 am-4 pm Monday-Saturday (until 8 pm Tuesday & Thursday), through 8/31, Alliant Energy Center. Click through for more info on pop-up testing sites.

Summer Food Service Program 

Madison Metropolitan School District & community partners provide up to two free meals per day for ages 2-18, Mondays-Fridays, 6/22-8/14, at 30+ locations. Closed 7/3. For locations:
Virtual Events

Covid & Equity: What We've Learned; Where We Go From Here 
Webinar 1 Link & Registration:  Improving Health Outcomes in Wisconsin 
Thursday, July 23, 9:00am-10:00am CST

The Global Health Institute hosts panelists who will examine poverty, race and health in the state’s most marginalized communities, identifying risks and looking toward equitable solutions. Sheri Johnson, director of the UW-Madison Population Health Institute, moderates the panel that includes Lisa Peyton Caire, CEO and founder of Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness, and Paula Tran Inzeo, director of the Mobilizing Action Towards Community Health. The first of a series.

CORE Circle of Transformational Practice 
Absencing to Presencing: Embodied Practices of Collective Liberation 
Friday, July 24th, 11:30am-1:00pm CST 
Co-facilitators: Kimberly Cho* and Geraldine Paredes Vásquez
Zoom link:

Using insights from the inhales and exhales of the Presencing Institute's recent GAIA Journey, Kim and Gery will lead us on a mini-journey of co-sensing our ego-system to co-inspiring an eco-system awareness. Come breathe and sense with us! Our activities will include individual writing and drawing so we ask all participants to have paper, pen/pencils, colors, and/or other drawing materials on hand for this session. Co-facilitators: Kimberly Cho* and Geraldine Paredes Vásquez
Have questions on how to connect via Zoom or need a phone number for participating? Please contact Julie by 5pm, Thursday, July 23 for assistance. 

Step Up: Equity Matters 
Facing Bias Online Workshop
July 24, 6:30am-8:30am PST 
Register HERE, $15

Before we can start stepping up to make change happen in our workplace, we need to step inside. Understanding how we think and perceive the world is an important first step in creating sustainable change. This workshop offers an understanding of how biases shape our views of the people around us and how these biases can lead to discrimination. Participants will take time to reflect on their inner biases to learn how to move beyond guilt and toward positive intention and action.

Step Up: Equity Matters 
Sponsored by Magnet and the YP Coalition of Madison
Pivotal Conversations for Change 
Tuesday, July 28, 5:00pm-6:30pm PST 
Register HERE

The double pandemic of ongoing structural racism and COVID-19 is forcing us to face century-old injustices and inequalities. We can’t ignore that these times are challenging and yet we are all so afraid to make matters worse that we avoid the opportunities to collectively process these difficult times. Join us for a discussion circle to hold space for each other to acknowledge that the only way forward is together. Together we can heal, together we can take action, together we can commit to a new normal. online or in person (social distancing guidelines apply).

Student Employment Podcast Series: Unconscious Bias 
Featuring Podcast: "Why All Humans are Unconsciously Biased and Bridging the Divide in Our Society"
Tuesday, July 28, 1:30pm CST 

Student Employment Podcast Series is intended to discuss equity, inclusivity, and diversity as it relates to our work as supervisors. Join us for our first discussion on unconscious bias which will feature the "Why All Humans are Unconsciously Biased and Bridging the Divide in Our Society".

Step Up: Equity Matters 
Brave Conversations
Friday, July 31, 6:30am-8:30am PST 
Register HERE, $15

This workshop will help participants identify the emotions behind charged interactions and practice approaches to have healthy conversations around issues of equity, diversity and inclusion.

Learning and Talent Development 
Virtual Learning - Professional Development 

In these uncertain times, when your work and world are ever-changing, let us provide some learning resources to help guide you. As we work together to find our new normal, Learning and Talent Development is developing virtual opportunities for discussion, learning, and connection—until we can be together again, in person. Everything on this page is available to all UW–Madison employees at no charge.

Learning Together (while staying apart) by Haymarket Books
Sign up for our scheduled events here and subscribe to our Youtube channel to make sure you don't miss future events

The coronavirus crisis, like all others, is felt unevenly. Those at the receiving end of exploitation and oppression under conditions of capitalist normality also bear the brunt of social, economic, and health impacts of the virus. Haymarket Books is determined to offer a political response to the crisis, believing that our mission to support struggles for social and economic justice is more vital than ever. In collaboration with our authors and a range of partners, we are organizing an ongoing series of events to allow us to respond both to the coronavirus crisis itself, and to maintain our collective political, cultural, and social life in a manner that fosters struggle, solidarity, and debate.

Activism Resources 

The UW We Deserve Organizing Kickoff 
Wednesday, July 15, 4:00pm-5:30pm CST


Organized by locals across Wisconsin, this kickoff will connect you to your fellow workers at campuses across the state. 
At this kickoff, you will: 
- Hear about our organizing win against Jim Johnsen and the UW System President Search
- Learn about a statewide organizing plan and how you can be a part of making UW the university we deserve
- Meet with other higher ed workers across the state to move forward on action

Urban Triage Co-Conspirator Training
Training will start July 29, 2020 through October 30, 2020.
Space is limited. Registration ASAP

Cost of training: $1375 for 3 months. 50% due at time of registration, 50% due September 1, 2020.

To move us closer to a new paradigm, Urban Triage Inc. is launching our 6-month Co-Conspirator Training which is designed to bring about positive, permanent shifts in how we define and understand the depth and breadth of white supremacist patriarchal capitalism. Shifts that will be the direct cause for a new kind of freedom and power—the freedom to acknowledge our history and the power to do something about it. Impacting the confidence with which you live your life as a social justice co-conspirator, your personal productivity for Black Lives, and the difference you make in the world. We'll meet every OTHER Wednesday from 6PM to 8PM and every other Friday from 4PM to 5PM starting July 29, 2020.  

A Conversation Among White People About Solving the Racial Divide
Wednesday, July 29, 7:00pm Register today!

White people can be allies in making change! Many White people understand things are wrong. Yet, we struggle with complacency. Our complacency has helped preserve the systemic denial of equitable access to healthcare, education, fair employment, public safety, and the opportunity to accumulate wealth. We know the gaps are staggering. And, there are lasting effects of discrimination and inter-generational trauma. We can no longer be complicit. If we try, our actions can heal our divisions. White people can be co-conspirators in combating racism!
Produced by Ron Luskin, Free Agent INC. Contact:

If  You're New to Abolition: Study Group Guide

We invite you to meet our historical moment, in which a Black-led popular uprising, launched in response to the police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade, and the white supremacist killing of Ahmaud Arbery, is spotlighting police violence and racist criminalization. Many people who witnessed the horrifying murder of George Floyd on camera, and are now confronted by the continuation of so much more racist state violence, suddenly feel that abolition can’t wait.

Take Action!

Freedom, Inc. 

Freedom, Inc. engages low-to no-income communities of color in Dane County, WI. Their mission is to achieve social justice through coupling direct services with leadership development and community organizing. 

Free the 350 Bail Fund 

Free the 350 Bail Fund seeks to prioritize bailing out Black people incarcerated in the Dane County jail system and also seeks to end the unjust and antiquated prison and jail system in general. 
The University of Wisconsin–Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background—people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.
Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW–Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.
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