In the Know: SMPH Updates for August 3, 2020

Top news:

  • Our co-Interim Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officers start today. Tracy M. Downs, M.D., Manuel Santiago, M.Ed., and Danielle Yancey, M.S. will serve in this capacity until the CDIO position is filled, ideally next spring. Their key responsibilities will include advising the Dean and the Dean’s Leadership Team on a range of issues in our efforts to become an anti-racist organization. Many individuals across SMPH have portfolios that include important efforts in diversity, equity and inclusion. There is no plan for these portfolios or workflows to change during this interim period. The CDIO search, which was temporarily paused due to the pandemic, has re-initiated.
  • An updated COVID-19 Training for On-Site Workers is now available. Language translations of the module (Spanish, Hmong, Tibetan, Chinese, Nepali) will be available soon at the same link. All UW–Madison employees working on-site are required to complete this module. In addition, SMPH remote workers are encouraged to complete the module for awareness of COVID-19 workplace safety measures. If you completed the previous version of this training, it is highly recommended to complete the updated module as well.
  • The inaugural issue of Corpus Callosum has been released. Corpus Callosum is an online arts journal produced by Ebling Library that features the multimedia, visual and written creative works of the staff, students, and faculty of the UW-Madison health sciences campus (SMPH, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, School of Veterinary Medicine, and UW Hospital and Clinics).
  • In-person absentee voting locations are available on campus from August 3 through August 6. City of Madison voters may cast their vote in the August Primary Election from noon to 4:00 pm in tents staffed by absentee clerks. Tents are located on Engineering Mall, Library Mall, by the Kohl Center, and near the Natatorium.
  • Reminder: August 4 (tomorrow) is the deadline for accepting round 1 parking permit offers. At this time, SMPH is anticipating that only individuals who need to be on-site in order to keep the education operation running will be expected to return to campus in the fall. Parking enforcement resumes for all of campus starting September 1, 2020. Visit the Transportation Services Smart Restart Hub to learn more about parking options; recent changes include an expanded capacity for pay-per-use flex parking permits.
  • Reminder: A virtual learning series, 31 Days of Women Leadership Learning, began today. Each day of August will feature one learning opportunity from a woman leader. The event focuses on finding, building and using one’s voice. Registration is free.


  • Please send kudos about your colleagues. Honor someone at and we’ll share the stories. Visit this page to see a collection of shout-outs to date. Submit your thoughts and we’ll share them in a future issue.

Telecommuting tip:

  • Keep your computer running smoothly by restarting at least weekly. The SMPH Shared Services team offers tips and information about why restarting is helpful, particularly for Windows 10 users.

Staying strong & supporting one another: 

  • Boundaries hold the key to great remote work-life balance: This blog from the project management tool Trello has strategies for setting strong boundaries between work and home. Invoking such boundaries is a particularly relevant practice in the remote work mode, due to the absence of the physical separations of time and space that occur when working in an office.