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E.g., 09/18/2018
E.g., 09/18/2018
  • The (PTPs) Perceptual Thinking Patterns play a significant role in how we process our thoughts and feelings, how we take action, how we communicate and how we see the world. The Perceptual Thinking Patterns workshop offers a useful framework for understanding more about us and those people we spend our days with. It helps you understand the dynamics and needs of people when we come together in a group. Objectives of the workshop include:

    • Develop understanding of the Perceptual Thinking Patterns
    • Gain insight and understanding into one's own pattern and the learning patterns of others in your work, community and family
    • Deepen relationships in your workplace, family and community through applying our understanding of the Perceptual Thinking Patterns

    Attendees must be present for both days.

    Upcoming Courses:
    11/08/2018 - 11/09/2018
    Occurs November 9th & 8th from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
    Lussier Family Heritage Center
    3101 Lake Farm Rd
  • What do you do when a member of the public says something racist, sexist, or classist? How do you react? Does this change when it is a one on one interaction, or in a public meeting? How about when it is a colleague or even a supervisor? The City of Madison has made racial equity and social justice a priority in everything it does, and yet many of us still struggle responding when confronted with comments targeting a particular group. Attend this course for skill building and practice around the following objectives:

    • Discuss practices related to framing and community building in addressing a variety of situations.
    • Learn what coded language is and how to recognize it.
    • Discuss the intersection between race and the perception of the role of government.
    • Review tools to use in response to both coded and overt stereotypical comments.
    • Plan how to respond to comments in different environments: emails, phone conversations, one on one interactions, and group settings.
    • Practice these skills in an authentic way in class.
    Upcoming Courses:
    12/11/2018
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    30 W Mifflin St.
    10th Floor
  • Everyone has biases and preferences that help us operate in the world. Implicit bias allows us to cognitively process complex information and assists us in many ways. How does that impact the way in which we see others and interact with people different from ourselves? How can we assure that we are honoring the brilliant complexity of our psychology and challenging where negative implicit biases may be taking root? Most importantly, how do we make change in ourselves and how can we challenge others to change when implicit bias may be stereotypical or negative? The course will cover the following objectives:

    • Define implicit bias and the cognitive functions that it stems from.
    • Learn skills to identify and impact their own implicit bias.
    • Recognize how their implicit biases are formed and shaped.
    • Learn basic communication tools for confronting bias.
    • Identify where participants have a role in their lives and in their work places to decrease stereotyped bias.
    Upcoming Courses:
    12/11/2018
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    30 W Mifflin St.
    10th Floor
  • Participants will learn more about health and other inequities facing the LGBTQ+ community. Through this discussion and activities, participants will imagine ways to offer more LGBTQ+ inclusive services and work environments.

    Upcoming Courses:
    09/26/2018
    12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Central Library
    201 W. Mifflin St, 3rd Floor
    12/13/2018
    12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Central Library
    201 W. Mifflin St, 3rd Floor
  • Imagine a Madison where everyone has access to opportunity and the ability to shape the future of our City, regardless of race, income, gender, or other group status. The City has committed to this vision through the Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative (RESJI).

    In RESJI 1, Participants will engage in a highly interactive program to discuss the need to establish racial equity and social justice as core principles in the City of Madison.

    Participants will be provided with foundational information necessary to understand concepts of racial equity and social justice, including implicit and explicit bias, micro-aggressions, different levels of bias, and steps we can all take to make the City of Madison a place where people from all backgrounds can contribute and thrive.

    This course lays the groundwork for RESJI 2: Applying Racial Equity & Social Justice.

    Upcoming Courses:
    10/23/2018
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    30 W Mifflin St.
    10th Floor
  • You must attend RESJI 1: What are Racial Equity & Social Justice? before attending this session.

    Imagine a Madison where everyone has access to opportunity and the ability to shape the future of our City, regardless of race, income, gender, or other group status. The City has committed to this vision through the Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative (RESJI).

    Now that participants have a foundation in the key concepts of racial equity and social justice, RESJI 2 provides participants with the tools to integrate these concepts into their daily work. Several tools and techniques are shared and practiced, including a racial equity impact analysis, organization assessment, and development of strategies and work plans. This session is highly interactive and will give participants concrete tools to take back to their department.

    This course lays the groundwork for RESJI 3: Transformative Leadership and Communication.

    Upcoming Courses:
    09/27/2018
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    30 W Mifflin St.
    10th Floor
    11/06/2018
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    30 W Mifflin St.
    10th Floor
  • You must attend RESJI 2: Applying Racial Equity & Social Justice before attending this session.

    Imagine a Madison where everyone has access to opportunity and the ability to shape the future of our City, regardless of race, income, gender, or other group status. The City has committed to this vision through the Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative (RESJI).

    In RESJI 3, you will learn about transformative leadership, communicating about race and equity, and effective use of racial equity tools. This is an interactive session where you will be able to explore your own experiences and develop strategies for personally and professionally advancing racial equity.

    Upcoming Courses:
    10/11/2018
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    30 W Mifflin St.
    10th Floor
    11/27/2018
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    30 W Mifflin St.
    10th Floor
  • Participants will assess their own internal strengths and understand how building on these strengths will help improve their work and personal lives.

    Upcoming Courses:
    09/20/2018
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    30 W Mifflin St.
    10th Floor
  • This program teaches the framework that the City utilizes when looking at energy conservation, environmental initiatives and sustainable development. Participants will learn the four system conditions of The Natural Step framework and how to apply the framework to improving how we interact with the environment and our citizens. The program fosters developing awareness, gathering benchmarks, creating a compelling vision and deploying actions that will lead to sustainable development. The session is hands-on and requires the participant to apply the framework to real life problems and issues that they are currently facing.

    Upcoming Courses:
    10/16/2018
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    30 W Mifflin St.
    10th Floor
  • The objective of this workshop is to update people's skills so that they can take more effective meeting minutes. The topics included are types of meeting minutes, language used in minutes, and tips and pointers on how to take effective meeting minutes.

    Upcoming Courses:
    12/20/2018
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    30 W Mifflin St.
    10th Floor