Overview of Multicultural Awareness Program

Trained Peer Facilitators

In May 2005, 20 UW-Extension employees were selected through an application process to participate in a train-the-trainer program with VISIONS consultants. By spring 2007, these colleagues completed more than 16 days of training and mentoring with professional consultants and have been certified as Multicultural Awareness Program trainers.

In August 2009, a second group of volunteer trainees from both UW Colleges and UW-Extension began their 2-year training process under the guidance of VISIONS, Inc. The second group of facilitators was certified in June of 2011 along with the re-certification of the first-round facilitators. Since then they have been working as a unified group to lead 2-day workshops for UW Colleges and UW-Extension employees throughout the state on an ongoing basis.

In January 2015, we began training a third cohort of 22 facilitators and in July of 2016 were certified as trainers for the Multicultural Awareness Program!


Intended outcomes of the Multicultural Awareness workshops are:

  • Increased diversity throughout our institutions and educational settings, in all areas and across the spectrum of difference.
  • Enhanced ability to apply multicultural concepts and practices in our work environments, classrooms, and educational programs.
  • Improved ability to recruit and retain a diverse work force while valuing and building on the strengths and abilities of all employees.
  • Work in alignment with our institutional missions of providing access to research and resources for all Wisconsin residents.

The Multicultural Awareness workshops build upon previous diversity education conducted with UW-Extension, including work with VISIONS, Inc. and Michigan State University Extension.

Who should attend

All UW Colleges and UW-Extension faculty, academic staff, and classified staff employees who want to learn and apply multicultural concepts and practices in their work environment, classrooms, and educational programs should attend this workshop.

We know from demographic data that the UW Colleges and UW-Extension student and clientele base has changed and continues to change in many different ways. Our work in multiculturalism is central to fulfilling our missions and ensuring that all Wisconsin people can access university resources.

Workshop benefits

At this two-day workshop you will:

  • Explore your personal experience and beliefs about diversity and difference in a safe and confidential environment.
  • Have the opportunity to share your experience and understanding, and learn how the experiences and identities of those we work with contribute to our diversity and our path toward multiculturalism in who we are, how we think, and what we do.
  • Expand your understanding of diversity issues
  • Learn a common language and concepts so you can clearly communicate about diversity issues within and beyond the UW-Extension and UW Colleges
  • Learn how diversity and inclusion can help build a vital, valued, and inclusive organization

Workshop format

  • Interactive lecturettes
  • Small group discussions
  • Facilitated activities
  • Video with discussion

MAP Coordination and Contact Information

Matt Evensen is the coordinator of the Multicultural Awareness Program and the main contact! He can be reached at matt.evensen@uwex.edu or 608.890.1522.