Personal Development

Ally Bystander Intervention Training

2 hours
Email us: or call us: x4116

The bystander training is designed to inform participants about how to be an effective ally and ways to disrupt and reduce prejudice and discrimination against LGBT+ people and others. Topics and activities include: review of terminology, social identity exploration, what it means to be an ally, how to identify oppressive behavior/discrimination, active listening, bystander intervention steps and safety, and practice scenarios.The training is open to all members of the community (regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity), and LGBT+ allyhood is explored within a broad social justice framework. By participating in this workshop, you will be joining a support network of LGBT+ allies across campus, and your actions will help promote an environment where there is always somebody to "step up." 

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.  

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 Luelloff, Fitness Program Director
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 (University Recreation) 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.  

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
Safe Space Project Manager or 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.  

This is What a Feminist Looks 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 Anderson: 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 discuss needs/accommodations/issues of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders attending college. 

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.