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Employee News

February 1, 2023

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Recognizing and Responding to Hostile and Intimidating Behavior

All employees of UW–Madison are encouraged to participate in Hostile and Intimidating Behavior (HIB) Training. The training consists of a 90-minute workshop with time for group discussion. Participants will look at a number of scenarios to identify whether or not they reflect hostile and intimidating behavior. Participants will also discuss their responsibilities and options when they hear about or experience incidents of hostile and intimidating behavior. UW–Madison policies on HIB and campus resources will be reviewed. Sessions are offered on various dates and times and at several campus locations. Go to to register for a free session.
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Edvest Makes Saving for College Simple

Edvest, Wisconsin’s 529 College Savings Plan, allows UW–Madison employees to save for post high-school education expenses by making small contributions over time. Anyone—parents, grandparents, extended family members and friends—can set up an account for anyone else. An account can also be used to save for one’s own continuing education. Funds can be used to pay for tuition and many other expenses at universities, colleges, professional schools, technical colleges, and graduate programs across the country and even at some institutions abroad. An Edvest account can be opened with as little as $25 and requires a minimum contribution of $15 per pay period. The program offers low fees and can provide tax deductions for Wisconsin residents (limitations apply). UW–Madison employees can make contributions directly from payroll with direct deposit. Payroll deduction is not available. To set up an account, visit the Edvest website at
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Thrive@UW–Madison Course Focuses on Creating Inclusive Environments

Registration is open for “Expanding Self-Knowledge to Create Inclusive Environments” on Wednesday, July 11, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., at 21 North Park Street, room 5045. This new, all-day event combines two current Thrive@UW–Madison courses. Participants will explore how increased self-awareness can help support a more inclusive work environment. Participants will also consider the impact of personal and social identities on our workplace relationships, and learn how our mental processes influence our actions and decisions at work. There will be an hour-long break for lunch on one’s own, and several eateries can be found nearby. The free course is open to all UW–Madison faculty and staff. For more information and to register, go to
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