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The following is a listing of some training and professional development opportunities available to UWL faculty, staff, and students.

If you would like to suggest training on a topic not covered below, you may send your request to


Sexual Harassment

All supervisors are required to have some sexual harassment training. You may fulfill that requirement by viewing the training video below, presented by Judith Trampf, former Director of Workforce Diversity for the University of Wisconsin System, and also completing the quiz linked below. Upon completion of the quiz, the affirmative action officer will receive notification that you have viewed the training materials and that information will be documented.

> Sexual Harassment Training Video

> Sexual Harassment Quiz

Disability Accommodation & Access Training
  • Training for Supervisors on the Americans for Disabilities Act:   ADA Basics 
    "ADA Basics" is an introductory web course on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) that explores the legal requirements and spirit of the ADA.  The course is designed to provide you with the basic principles and core concepts of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

  • Training for Faculty/Staff:  "In their Shoes" Penn State:
    College ID: ACCESSUWL, User ID-They will assign you one.
    "In Their Shoes" is an interactive video presentation which lasts about 20 minutes.  It is one important step on the path to removing the hidden barriers that impact us all.  As educators, it is important for us to embrace the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act by creating an inclusive learning environment that is empowering and supportive of the needs of our students and employees with disabilities.  It is a must for educators.

  • Training For Faculty:  "Accommodating Students with Disabilities in Higher Education."  This Power Point presentation gives the basics for faculty in providing accommodations for students with disabilities. ACCESS Center

  • Training for Student Services/Non-Teaching Staff:  This Power Point presentation gives non-teaching staff information on persons with disabilities and how to make their programs and services accessible to this population ACCESS Center.

  • ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments:
    During the past five years, the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice has worked with communities across the United States to improve access to state and local government for over 3 million people with disabilities.  The Civil Rights Division is assembling this Took Kit to help communities better understand the issues involved in providing equal access for people with disabilities

Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault Education:  Sexual Assault Tutorial

In order to educate the campus community regarding sexual assault and its impact at UW-La Crosse, a tutorial has been created. When you have completed the tutorial, you will have the opportunity to e-mail for a certificate of completion which designates that you have an understanding of the issue and are available as a support person for victims of sexual assault. There is also a list of resources for you to reference if a sexual assault victim confides in you, and you will be able to access a printable version of the entire tutorial.  With this knowledge, you may be the person who helps the victim begin the move to survivor status. 

Mandatory Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (EO 54)

Online training provided by Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System 
UWL employees have certain obligations, under executive order or other laws, to report suspected child abuse and neglect. This training will cover UWL employees' legal responsibilities as mandated reporters, the types of child abuse and neglect and their definitions, how to recognize child abuse and neglect, how and where to make a report, what happens after you make a report, and the protections for a reporter under the law.



  • Nizam Arain, Affirmative Action Officer, is available to speak to units, departments, and Search & Screen Committees on Recruitment & Retention of a Diverse Staff. All Search & Screen committees must meet with the AAO for a Charging Meeting prior to obtaining access and/or creating a posting in PeopleAdmin.  Contact Nizam Arain at 785-8043 or email
  • Ingrid Peterson, Violence Prevention Specialist, can present information to groups or classes on any of the following: violence prevention, sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, stalking, reporting procedure and staff responsibilities. Contact Ingrid Peterson at 608.785.5126 or (608) 386-1895 or email
  • Barbara Stewart, Associate Dean for Campus Climate & Diversity, along with Matt Evensen and Amanda Goodenough from the Campus Climate Office, can present information on a variety of topics affecting our work environment such as: Diversity 101; Dealing with Difficult People
  • Awareness Through Performance (ATP) is a production created by UWL students that brings together both upbeat and serious scenes which encourage audience members to acknowledge the dignity and worth of all people.  Through creative and artistic messages, the audience is provided with the tools necessary to further engage in dialogue and take action to educate others about the topics discussed.  For more information, see the ATP page in Campus Climate.  Contact Amanda Goodenough, 608.785.5094 or email
  • Human Resources. Please check the Human Resources website - Resources for Supervisors and Department Chairs for tools to assist with supervision issues, training opportunities and general information.  Contact Joy Gutknecht (785-8640) or Deb Hanson (785-6498).