WHITEWATER, Wis.–More campus diversity resources are now readily available to University of Wisconsin-Whitewater students and faculty.
A UW-W diversity Twitter handle and WordPress blog page were created this semester to serve as additional resources for information about diversity events on campus. A Facebook page will be available for students, faculty and the community next semester.
The campus Diversity Calendar will also be updated weekly in hope and anticipation of syllabi and diversity event integration.
“Our long-term goal is to have professors utilizing the Diversity Calendar to integrate campus diversity events into their syllabi,” said Elizabeth Ogunsola, assistant to the Chancellor for affirmative action and diversity.
“There is a lack of understanding in regards to privilege, power and the need to handle each with care when working with people,” said Chris Hollar, a leadership advisor in Career and Leadership Development.
She believes there are a number of diversity opportunities available on campus, but the challenge comes from the inaction of students who believe they are ‘diverse enough’.
In addition to the calendar, the Diversity webpage will be revamped for next semester.
“We want the Diversity webpage to come alive. It will serve as a central location of diversity information for campus diversity programs, committees, student organizations, resources and events,” said Ron Buchholz, director of Career and Leadership Development.
Currently, the campus Diversity Calendar exists to post events that promote awareness and understanding of underrepresented and marginalized cultures in the United States. This calendar is posted on the campus diversity webpage that was launched last semester in response to the hate crimes that took place on campus and in the community.
Picture from Ken Fager
The Office of Residence Life, the Office of Career & Leadership Development, Academic Support Services, monetary assistance from the Chancellor’s Office and the Student Affairs main office hosted a Legacy of Civil Rights Spring Break trip for 40 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater students in March. This educational experience opened the eyes of many students and became an emotional and inspirational journey.
Students learned injustices first-hand by visiting historical sites such as the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Southern Poverty Law Center and the National Civil Rights Museum. Through experimental learning, participants experienced others’ struggles, realities and hardships. This process helped many become more aware of their role in society, and gave students the determination to make a difference in the world.
One student expressed how much this trip meant them, “This trip has touched me in so many ways. I would pick this trip over going to Florida for Spring Break every time…I never imagined this trip would have been so powerful.”
Another student explained how he would describe the trip to the Chancellor, “I would thank him for the wonderful experience, and tell him that the trip turned me into a more mature and knowledgeable young man.”
Currently another trip is on the horizon for next year. Interested students should contact Chris Hollar: firstname.lastname@example.org
For a further look into these students’ experiences, visit their Facebook and Flickr pages
Diversity is an important aspect of the UW-Whitewater campus community. What does diversity mean to you? Help others learn from your experiences.
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is in the process of some minor updates to keep up with social media advances. The Assistant to the Chancellor for Affirmative Action and Diversity and the Director of Career and Leadership Development have called for additional resources to be available for faculty and students.
A Twitter page was created to send out updates about upcoming diversity events on campus. Follow us! For next semester, a Facebook page will be created as a forum for students and faculty to connect and share their experiences. This blog page was created for students and faculty to share their experiences with others.
As a long-term goal, we would like professors to integrate events posted on the Diversity calendar into their syllabi. Increasing diversity awareness and unity on campus is a major focus. By attending these educational events, both students and faculty will have the opportunity to learn through others’ demonstrations and experiences.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact Rachel at email@example.com or on Twitter @uwwdiversity.