Area colleges celebrate diversity with civil rights leaders, panels
Civil rights pioneers and one of the country's most popular choruses are coming to the annual diversity forum, Nov. 7-8, at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
This year's theme focuses on the role of education in overcoming barriers to civil rights and social justice from 1964 to the present.
Guest speakers include Chude Allen, Cathy Cade, Roy DeBerry, Matt Herron, Florence Howe, Mark Levy and Jerry Ligon.
“Our guests have dedicated their lives to various aspects of social justice including women's rights, LGBTQ equality, poverty and discrimination,” said Katy Heyning, dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies, which is sponsoring the forum. “A central theme is 'what is the role that education can play in improving society?' ”
Speakers will visit classes throughout the week and participate in a lunch panel on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in University Center room 275. The event is open to students and staff.
After the luncheon, the speakers will head to the Warhawk Connection Center for informal conversations with the public from 12:30 – 2 p.m.
“Students have multiple options to meet and learn from activists who have 'walked the talk' in the past 50 years of educating for social justice,” Heyning said. “By listening to our guests tell their individual stories, students can learn how to take action today to continue to fight for justice in the world.”
At 7:30 p.m., in Young Auditorium, the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles presents “It Gets Better,” a thought-provoking performance responding to the issue of bullying. Pre- and post-show discussions will take place. A free ticket is required.
The forum concludes Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. with a reception at Crossman Gallery in the Greenhill Center of the Arts. The photography of Cathy Cade and Matt Herron will be on display and the pair will be on hand to discuss their work.
For more information, visit the Campus Diversity Forum homepage.
Gateway Technical College will offer poets and panel discussions on diversity during Diversity Week, October 29-31.
Poet Jon Goode will present his poetry at the student commons on Gateway's Elkhorn campus at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29. Goode and poet Katie Wirsing will also speak at Gateway's Racine and Kenosha campuses Oct. 30-31.
A panel discussion on raising awareness and understand the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities will be held at 11:45 a.m. Oct. 30 in Room 112 of the South Building on the Elkhorn campus. A public discussion of diversity on campus and ways to promote intercultural collaboration will be held at 11:45 a.m., also in Room 112 of the South Building of the Elkhorn campus.
For other events at Gateway's Racine and Kenosha campuses, or for more information, see https://www.gtc.edu/sites/default/files/files/documents/Diversity-Week.pdf.