Higher ed institutions in Fond du Lac county host joint diversity workshop for students and community, Oct. 5

August 25, 2012

September 20, 2011


“Social Change: Engaging Multiple Perspectives,” a free interactive workshop featuring keynote speakers Dr. Peggy McIntosh and Mr. Victor Lewis, on Wednesday, October 5 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Marian University.

Students from Marian University, Moraine Park Technical College, Ripon College and University of Wisconsin—Fond du Lac as well as members of the community are invited to participate. There is no fee for the workshop, but registration is required online at http://cw.marianuniversity.edu/diversity/ .

Dr. Peggy McIntosh, founder and co-director of Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity Project (S.E.E.D.) is best known for authoring the groundbreaking article “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” McIntosh currently serves as Associate Director of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women.

Mr. Victor Lewis, a veteran diversity worker with national recognition, is best known for his inspiring and catalytic leadership role in the award-winning race relations documentary, “The Color of Fear.” Lewis is the co-author, with Hugh Vasquez, of “Lessons from ‘The Color of Fear’”, and contributed to the anthology, “Crash Course: Reflections on the Film ‘Crash’ for Critical Dialogues about Race, Power and Privilege.”

The event will also include a variety of activities including a drum circle, tunnel of oppression and panel discussions on topics such as understanding different religions, learning strategies that effectively address prejudice and addressing issues of a diverse 21st century workforce.

The conference is sponsored by the Higher Education Diversity Initiative Team (HEDIT) which was created by the presidents and CEOs of the four institutions. The team was charged to plan “an annual collaborative project designed to promote a climate of appreciation for all aspects of human diversity, supporting, fostering and welcoming inclusiveness, respect and dignity for all.” HEDIT’s mission is to lead, inspire, educate and challenge their institutions and the Fond du Lac County community in promoting diversity and inclusiveness.

For more information, contact Dr. Aida Michlowski at Marian University, Beth Mendoza at Moraine Park Technical College, Dr. Paisley Harris at University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac or Marcus Neeld at Ripon College. For registration questions please contact imc@marianuniversity.edu or 920-923-8523.