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Implementing Climate Workshops for Department Chairs


Do you want to improve departmental climate on your campus, especially for women and minority faculty, but do not know where to start? Are you frustrated when, despite your efforts to improve campus climate, yet another faculty member leaves your institution due to “climate issues” at the department level?

The UW-Madison Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute, with funding from the National Science Foundation, developed a workshop series for department chairs that addresses these issues and provides advice and support to department chairs seeking to enhance departmental climate.

WISELI and the CIC-WISE working group will host a one-day training session to prepare participants from CIC and other universities to implement similar workshops on their own campuses. In this “train the trainer” session, the UW-Madison team will share their experiences implementing the workshop series, "Enhancing Department Climate: A Chair's Role,"© familiarize participants with the process and materials used at UW-Madison, and review alternative approaches that might work at participants’ own campuses.


Training Session Components

Who Should Attend

Individuals who would benefit most from this workshop are those who would be actively involved in conducting your campus’ workshops for chairs. This is not a general workshop for department chairs. Because the workshops are most successful when led by peer facilitators, these individuals ideally should include:


To register for this workshop, please link to the CIC Conference Registration. Please register by Monday, May 11, 2009. (Note: To take advantage of conference rates for hotel rooms reserved for this event, hotel reservations must be made by April 30, 2009.)

Hotel Accommodation

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Dahlmann Campus Inn, 601 Langdon Street for the night of June 1st at a rate of $135/night (single occupancy). A smaller number of rooms has also been reserved for June 2nd. Reservations must be made by April 30, 2009.

Reserve a room online by following this link, or by phoning the Dahlmann Campus Inn at (800)589-6285 or (608)257-4391. Ask for a room for the "CIC/WISELI" group reservation #86281.

The Dahlmann Campus Inn offers transportation to and from the the Dane Country Regional Airport, parking, a continental breakfast, hot hors d'oeuvres in the evening, and turndown service.

The Dahlmann Campus Inn is located two blocks from UW-Madison's Memorial Union, the workshop location.

Additional rooms have been reserved at the Doubletree Hotel, Madison at a rate of $159. Please ask for the rooms reserved for WISELI (Code: WIS). Reservations must be made by April 30, 2009.

Other nearby hotels include:


Please see "Directions" on the UW-Madison visitor's page for information on getting to Madison by air, car, or bus.

Map indicating location of The Dahlmann Campus Inn and UW-Memorial Union.