Diversity and Equity Resources
- Healthy Minds Covid-19 Well-Being Toolkit
- Free Mindfulness Resources to Find Calm and Nourish Resilience During the COVID Outbreak
- YOU@WISC – free, online resource for UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff during this time. YOU@WISC now includes specific COVID-19 resources.
University of Wisconsin – COVID-19 Resources
- University of Wisconsin – COVID-19 website – resources and updates from UW-Campus
- COVID-19 Pandemic Employee Work Location and Leave Policy
- Guide for managing fears and anxiety related to COVID-19
- Confidential counseling and consultation for employees
- University Health Services
If you are experiencing hostile and intimidating behavior, discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence, seek assistance at the following links
- Hostile and Intimidating Behavior
- Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence
- Dean of Students Office
Here are some resources to help you actively attend to your well-being. You may find the links below helpful for yourself or to pass along to your peers.
- The University Health Services (UHS) Crisis Line is available 24/7: dial 265-5600 (option 9) https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/
- Virtual Let’s Talk provides no-cost, informal, confidential virtual consultations. Speaking with a Let’s Talk counselor can help provide insight, support, and information about other resources. You can sign up for a Let’s Talk session at https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/wellness/lets-talk/
- UHS has compiled a new web page with services and resources to continue supporting students’ health and well-being while you engage in remote learning https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/remotehealth/
- Badger Spill is a peer-to-peer support network made of and for UW-Madison students. Spill your guts here, confidently, and you’ll get feedback, empathy, and encouragement from fellow Badgers who can relate http://www.uwbadgerspill.com/
- UW-Madison’s Let’s Yoga has online videos available for you to do in the comfort of your own space https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/lets-yoga/ If you enjoy those and want to mix it up a little, YouTube has a near infinite variety of free body movement videos of varying lengths.
- The Office of Financial Aid Success Services offers remote one-on-one Success Coaching and Engage Workshops https://financialaid.wisc.edu/success/
- The Center for Healthy Minds has a meditation app that is cost-free during the ongoing pandemic https://hminnovations.org/meditation-app
- Silver Cloud is an online, self-guided, interactive mental health resource for UW-Madison students https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/silvercloud/
- UWell is a UW-Madison website that helps you connect to additional resources encompassing various dimensions of wellness https://uwell.wisc.edu/student/
- YOU@Wisc is an online portal used for mastering your academics, tackling stress head-on, or finding your passion https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/you/
- LifeMatters is a portal that provides emotional support. You can join LifeMatters for a Virtual Presentation or Discussion Group in this portal. https://hr.wisc.edu/employee-assistance-office/lifematters/
- Healthy Academics Toolkit is a comprehensive resource to help students and staff understand the interrelationship between health and academics on our campus. https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/healthy-academics/
Resources for Educators: Universal Design Learning, Accessibility, and Creating Inclusive Classrooms
- Universal Design Learning (UDL) is a framework for intentionally designing courses to optimize learning for all students.
- Course Success Self-Review This tool and website is intended to help instructors strengthen the design and delivery of their courses, leading to better learning and student satisfaction. Browse webpages with links and resources related specific recommendations. These specific pages contain useful information and links related to accessibility, accommodations and equity:
When you are creating your own content, you should create well-structured documents and follow guidelines to improve the accessibility of the content. Read detailed guidelines for making documents accessible in these formats:
- Canvas Page Accessibility (Canvas Community)
- Word Document Accessibility (WebAIM)
- PowerPoint Document Accessibility (WebAIM)
- PDF Accessibility (WebAIM)
- Read more detailed information about alt text and accessibility for images. Alternative Text (Links to WebAIM)
- Get Help with Accessibility in the IT Guides.
- Accessible Content Technical Guides contains resources for ensuring accessible IT for all UW Madison.
- Accessible online and in-person presentations outlines what to do before, during, and after your presentation to optimize inclusion and access for all participants.
- Center for User Experience partners with colleagues across the university to design a more accessible and usable digital campus. They are committed to helping you understand and take informed action on the needs of users.
- Dean of Students Office resources for instructors on supporting students of concern and other support for instructors.
- Office of Compliance
- Tulane’s Accessible Syllabus site offers sample policies by instructors in different disciplines aimed at balancing student agency with instructors’ workloads, including student-managed extension policies and other types of flexibility.
- Exploring alternative assessment strategies is another area to consider course design for inclusive learning.
Learn more about accessibility challenges in higher education and what other institutions are doing to address them:
- Accessibility Hazards on the Road to College
- Beyond Compliance (making accessibility a priority)
- Explore open-education resources for online community-building
- The Canvas Rich Content Editor includes an accessibility tool that checks common accessibility errors within the editor.