Personal Development

Ally Training: How to be an Ally
45-75 minutes
Jennifer Murray, Director/Warren Scherer, Program Coordinator & LGBT Resource Center student staff.
Email us: or Call us: x4116

What does it mean to be an ally? How can friends and associates prevent violent language and anti-LGBT discrimination from occurring as often as it does? The first step in becoming an LGBT ally is to learn more about LGBT-identified persons. This training will raise awareness about the inequities that LGBT-identified people often experience, and the importance of being supportive and informed about why LGBT people are not always safe. Be knowledgeable, be trustworthy, and be the best ally you can be. Now is the time to engage in this important campus conversation.
Budgeting Basics for Students
10-20 minutes
Mary Knasinski: email, or call x5865

This session will introduce students to the need for and the uses of simple weekly or monthly budgets. It will also show a budgeting tool on paper and direct them to a simple online form as well. The need for saving will be stressed as will the uses and abuses of credit cards.

Cosmo Says You're Fat? Well, I Ain't Down With That! Body Image, Eating Disorders, and the Campus Culture
45-60 minutes
Sarah Belstock, Norris Health Center, or x4675

What do negative body image, disordered eating, and eating disorders look like, and how can you help a friend who is suffering? A critical look at the role of society and the campus culture in perpetuating issues regarding body image and eating disorders.

Dealing With Conflict
1 -2 hours
(can be tailored to fit request)
Sue McCarthy, UWM Women’s Resource Center, or x2852

Do you seek out or thrive on conflict in your work or personal life? Or do you find it scary, upsetting, and avoid it whenever possible? Conflict is inevitable and natural and is often influenced by socialization factors. Dealing with conflict is critical to success in all areas of life. As people learn to deal with conflict and think of it differently, self esteem and self efficacy improves. This engaging experiential workshop helps participants identify ways they typically respond to conflict and how they have been socialized to respond to conflict. Participants will have an opportunity to discover how they handle conflict, increase their awareness of their feelings in conflict situations, identify ways social messages influence how we to respond to conflict, and explore new ways to handle difficult situations.

Fitness: Where do I Start?
45-75 minute presentation
(tailored to fit request)
Sara Schillinger, Fitness Program Director/student staff
Email us: or Call us x5072

Are you interested in a starting a fitness program, but don’t know where to begin? We will give you the basics of starting a fitness program that’s right for you. We will also include information on how to utilize our (Recreational Sports & Facilities) programs, services and facilities to better your health. This program can be tailored to more specific questions students might have.

Gender – Socialization & Stereotypes (Act Like A Man/Act Like A Woman)
1 - 2 hours
(can be tailored to fit request)
Sue McCarthy, UWM Women’s Resource Center ( or x2852)
Jen Murray, LGBT Resource Center ( or 4116)

This workshop is designed to look at the ways gender role messages are communicated and reinforced, and the personal effects of these messages. Through interactive small and large group activities, discussion, &/or video clips we will explore attitudes, myths, and misconceptions surrounding gender identity and how rigid gender roles and expectations limit opportunities for people to express and explore all aspects of themselves and their interests.

Lean on Me: How to Help a Friend without Falling Over
45-60 minutes
Sarah Belstock, Norris Health Center, or x4675

Concerned about a friend's emotional health or risky behaviors? What are the warning signs of distress, and when is it appropriate to let them know that you're worried? Learn strategies and skills for approaching friends with your concerns for their well-being and information regarding resources for referral.

LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) 101
45-75 minute presentation
Jennifer Murray, Director/Warren Scherer, Program Coordinator LGBT Resource Center student staff.
Email us: or Call us: x4116

Do you know what the acronym LGBT stands for? Do you know the difference between labels and identities? During this presentation, participants will discuss definitions and terms related to LGBT communities, as well as dynamics of sexual orientation and gender identity. This presentation will raise questions about stereotypes, myths, misconceptions and common assumptions that people make of each other. The audience will learn various ways they can become involved with the LGBT Resource Center on the UWM campus. This program can be tailored to include course- relevant hot topics (i.e. LGBT healthcare) and interactive activities (i.e. simulation of “coming out” process) if requested in advance.

LGBT Panel or Facilitated Discussions
45-75 minute presentation
Jennifer Murray, Director/ Warren Scherer, Program Coordinator & LGBT Resource Center student staff.
Email us: or Call us: x4116

Panel or facilitated discussions are designed to educate the general campus population and greater community about LGBTQQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Ally) identities and topics of interest. Panels will be comprised of students and other community members who are willing to openly and honestly discuss their experiences in LGBT communities as it relates to the course content. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and interact with the panel. Facilitated discussions are topic driven where as the panel tends to be experience/opinion driven.

Make Good Decisions: Drugs, Alcohol and the Campus Culture
60 – 75 minutes
Sarah Belstock, Norris Health Center, or x4675

Why do we drink or use other drugs, and how can we get what we want out of drinking by learning to use alcohol in a safe and positive manner? A critical look at alcohol and other drugs, their cultural role, and how and why we party.

Never Say DIE-t: Healthy Eating for Everyone
30 – 50 minutes
Colleen Bernstein, Norris Health Center, or x6668

Get the tools you need to eat right. This workshop will review the latest Food Pyramid guidelines, demonstrate food portions and portion control, and address popular diet myths and facts. Students will learn the basics of buying, making, and preparing food - as well as when to throw out those old leftovers! Healthy choices at fast food chains and restaurants around campus will also be covered.

Sexual Harassment or Just Jokes? Drunk Sex or Date Rape? 1 - 2 hours (can be tailored to fit request)
Sue McCarthy, UWM Women’s Resource Center, or x2852
and Marty Cavan, UWM Police Department

Recent reports suggest a persistent and disturbing pattern of sexual harassment in our schools and highly publicized charges of sexual assault on college campuses and in our community. What is unwanted sexual attention? When does no mean no? What is consent? Women and men need to know their rights and responsibilities, as well as implications of sexist behavior. Through activities, video, discussion and lecture this workshop will explore gender differences in how fears of sexual violence affect our live, learn about a continuum of sexual violence and better understand what constitutes sexual harassment, sexual assault, and violence against women.

Safe Space Training (LGBT 101 & Ally Development)
1.5 - 3 hours
Jennifer Murray, Director/Warren Scherer, Program Coordinator & LGBT Resource Center student staff.
Email us: or Call us: x4116

The Safe Space program was initiated to create a more inclusive campus environment that appreciates and celebrates the diverse student population that attends UWM. This interactive training is provided to staff, faculty and students across campus so they are aware of and attentive to the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender students and their allies. Our goal is to provide a welcoming environment for all people at UWM so they can feel included as well as invited to share in the totality of their identities. This training will address information about language and terms, specific challenges LGBT students face, guidelines for referrals in counseling and harassment reporting, and resources available on and off campus. The training will be interactive and all participants will receive a training resource manual.

What Does a Feminist Look Like?
1-2 hours
(can be tailored to fit request)
Kathy Miller-Dillon, Center for Women’s Studies ( or x5382)
and Sue McCarthy, UWM Women’s Resource Center ( or x2852)

What is a feminist? What does it mean to "be" a feminist? This workshop will explore feminism and help to inform participants understanding of what feminism means to them. This session will provide a safe space for participants to explore assumptions and gain new information and perspectives that open the possibility for change. This interactive learning experience will address questions about what a feminist is, what feminism stands for, past present day feminists, fears/concerns about identifying as a feminist, myths and stereotypes, and more!

I can’t talk to her, she uses sign language!
15-30 minutes
Jason Altmann: email:

This presentation will provide students with knowledge and understanding of deaf culture as well as tips for communication when no interpreters are available.

Why It’s So Hard To Talk About Depression
15-30 minutes
Jon Broskowski:

This presentation will include information that addresses the stigma that remains attached to a diagnosis of mental illness, and how often society overlooks the fact it is a biological condition.

Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism
15-30 minutes
Barbara Simon:

This presentation will review the Autism Spectrum and how college might be a different experience for someone with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Ramp It Up! Social Justice and Disability
30-60 minutes, powerpoint
Jean Salzer:

This program provides a brief history of the treatment of individuals with disabilities from ancient Greece to modern times with the disability civil rights movement that created the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.