UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Weekly Email Announcements

11/2/2020

Hello Falcons,

With the many things happening, I would like a chance to say we at the DIB office’s main concern are the well being of our students. When looking at everything happening right now, we want to offer space for you to speak and express how you are feeling. The election is bringing a lot of anxiety and I know many of you are dealing with many factors when it comes to this. So because of this, we’ll be having a Talking Circle for you so we can talk through this. Along with the election, we can also talk about your experience with classes so far, and your experience in this CoVID world on campus, and other issues that have been brought by this political environment (other students, staff and faculty). Please log in using the link below and our staff will be present.

Talking Circle (after elections)
Thursday November 5th
6:00PM
Click here to join the event

We are here to listen and help as much as we can. Thank you.

-Martin

Welcome back, Falcons! And happy first day of class!

We are wishing you all the best as we begin a new academic year and adjust to the new reality of what campus will look like for the time being. Our team wanted to send you a couple of quick reminders about the new policies and procedures around campus, and specifically in our lounge spaces. For the fall semester, the DIB/Pride Lounge hours will be 8 AM – 5 PM. We will not be able to have anyone in the spaces after 5pm. Our lounges will have limited capacities throughout the day. The furniture has already been moved to the appropriate physical distances for you; please do not move the furniture.

Our team will be doing staggered staffing throughout the week to limit the number of people in the office at the same time. This means that one of us will be sitting at/covering the front desk on assigned days. The days we are not sitting at the front desk, we are encouraged to work from home or only work in our specific, individual office spaces. The typical front desk coverage schedule will be as follows:
Monday – Nathan
Tuesday – Nathan
Wednesday – Martin
Thursday – Martin
Friday – Annjeanett

We are more than willing and looking forward to having virtual meetings and check-ins with you! The best way to schedule that is to email us. Our emails are: martin.olague@uwrf.edu, nathan.riel-elness@uwrf.edu, Annjeanett.urbano@uwrf.edu You can utilize the Microsoft Teams application to send us a quick chat message as well.

You will see QR Codes on signs all around campus. These have been created to help us know where you have been throughout the day. It is important that you scan these in every new space you enter throughout the day! This will allow us to contact you, if necessary, in case anyone who tests positives for COVID-19 was in a shared space. You will be able to scan these QR Codes with the camera on your phone and will be taken to a website. All you are required to do is click the option that you are a student and enter your Falcon ID/W#. If your phone does not automatically redirect you, we encourage you to take a photo of the poster, and go to go.uwrf.edu/cats as soon as you are able to and enter the room location of the spaces you were in throughout the day.

Aspire Program Information
Aspire is an opportunity to start your UWRF social network and build a community of support while learning skills and strategies to maximize your success here at UWRF. Throughout the year, participants will:
•            Engage in a mentoring program with a upper-class student.
•            Events and programs mix-method of virtual and safety in-person.
•            Additionally, participants will gain valuable insight into campus life from the perspective of our current students, faculty and staff.

If you interested in being a part of Aspire, submit an application and view more information to https://go.uwrf.edu/aspire.
If you have any questions, please contact us at student.success@uwrf.edu or 715.425.4123.
Application Link:  http://uwrf.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3EQ2Vaf9lTnLGa9

Check out the Virtual Involvement Fair!

Remember, we are here to support you in any way we can throughout this year. Please don’t be afraid to reach out. We hope you all are doing well, staying healthy, and excited for the new opportunities coming your way.

-    Martin, Nathan, & Annjeanett

 

9/8/2020

Hello Falcons,

Welcome to second week of the semester. For those who may not know, I am Martin Olague (pronounced O-Law-Gee) and I am the director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at UW-River Falls. As we enter the school year, please know that we are here for you. Located at Rodli 269, we are available if you need someone to talk to about what is going on with the world, and help processing happenings on campus. Also, I am the chair of the Bias Incident Response Team, meaning if you hear anything on campus which you feel might be a bias incident, you can talk to me and we can work through it. I will have more information on that below.

Healing Circle:
Due to the events that have happen over the course of the summer, starting with George Floyd in Minnesota and continuing through Jacob Blake in Wisconsin, many of you might be feel a sense of hurt or confusion. Because of this, tomorrow at 6PM, DIB will be having a Healing Circle. Over the years we have hosted Talking Circles, and because of the events in the summer we feel that it’s important to make sure to check in with you and help with healing. It’s been a long year, and your health and well being are important to us.
https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f32572df2b6e44bfbe8c358988c54830
Anonymous dial in:
+1-571-392-7650
PIN: 595 229 1827

QR Codes:
You will see QR Codes on signs all around campus. These have been created to help us know where you have been throughout the day. It is important that you scan these in every new space you enter throughout the day! This will allow us to contact you, if necessary, in case anyone who tests positives for COVID-19 was in a shared space. You will be able to scan these QR Codes with the camera on your phone and will be taken to a website. All you are required to do is click the option that you are a student and enter your Falcon ID/W#. If your phone does not automatically redirect you, we encourage you to take a photo of the poster, and go to go.uwrf.edu/cats as soon as you are able to and enter the room location of the spaces you were in throughout the day.
Also a reminder that our physical space will be observe the building hours of Rodli, and we will be open from 8AM to 5PM. We will not be allowing students in our space after 5PM for safety reasons due to CoVID 19.

Aspire Program Information:
Aspire is an opportunity to start your UWRF social network and build a community of support while learning skills and strategies to maximize your success here at UWRF. Throughout the year, participants will:
•            Engage in a mentoring program with a upper-class student.
•            Events and programs mix-method of virtual and safety in-person.
•            Additionally, participants will gain valuable insight into campus life from the perspective of our current students, faculty and staff.

If you interested in being a part of Aspire, submit an application and view more information to https://go.uwrf.edu/aspire.
If you have any questions, please contact us at student.success@uwrf.edu or 715.425.4123.
Application Link:  http://uwrf.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3EQ2Vaf9lTnLGa9

Taco ‘Bout It Tuesday:
Taco Bout It Tuesday will be the last Tuesday of the month, the topic will be Debriefing the Summer. As you are all aware, a lot has happened this summer, and we will be here to unpack it. There will be a link made soon to join, and we are always welcoming questions you might have beforehand. More details will come soon.
Taco Bout It Tuesday: Debriefing the Summer
Tuesday, Sept. 29th
11AM – Noon
Online on MS Teams.

Sexual Assault Prevention Training for New Students:
UW-River Falls strives to be a safe and inclusive campus environment. All new incoming students must complete a required online training on sexual assault prevention from UWRF and UW System Partner, EverFi. Additionally, those students who enrolled last Spring but did not complete the training must do so now. This training is designed to build skills and awareness by covering a variety of topic areas, including and healthy relationships sexual violence and harassment.  Students can access the training via an email invitation containing the link for this training from EverFi and UWRF’s Title IX Coordinator, Jennifer Larimore, or here https://admin.fifoundry.net/uwrf/sign_in. The training only takes about 1 hour to complete and must be completed by Friday, October 16, 2020. The training is self-paced, and students may start and stop as often as they like. Please note: This training is required by UW System and students who do not complete the training on time will have a hold placed on their record and will not be able to register for Spring classes. Questions, concerns, or requests for accommodations can be directed to Jennifer Larimore, Title IX Coordinator & Director of University Integrity and Compliance, at jennifer.larimore@uwrf.edu or 715-425-4603.

A reminder you can get updates on the happenings of our office in our social media accounts. Please follow us using the following.
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/UWRFinclusivity
Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/uwrfinclusivity/

Thank you so much. Have a great week and we look forward to seeing you around campus, either in person or online.

-Martin

9/15/2020

Hello Falcons,

Sorry for the delay in weekly updates. Yesterday was the first day of distance learning for my children, and well, that was an adventure. But with that said, this week there are many things to cover. Please look over the events of the week.

Lunchtime Bingo, Wednesday, September 16 2020 at 12:00 PM to  1:00 PM. Link https://zoom.us/j/95986490806

A Shot of Reality - 8:00 PM Show, Wednesday, September 16 2020 at 8:00 PM to 9:00 https://myorgs.uwrf.edu/event/6424335

BSU Meetings will be 5PM on Mondays. For more information, please contact Ezekiel Olakunle ezekiel.olakunle@my.uwrf.edu.

LSO Meetings will be 6PM on Tuesday, starting today on Microsoft Teams. For information, please contact Lorenzo Mata Gallegos lorenzo.mata@my.uwrf.edu.

Please be on the lookout for our Hispanic Heritage Month video coming soon. Once that’s out, we’ll e-mail it out.

Everyone please stay safe and have a good third week!

-Martin

9/21/2020

Hello Falcons,

As many of you know, our campus has moved to online instruction for the next 2 weeks. Looking at everything, I have decided to move DIB to online as well. Many offices will still continue in-person services. With that said, our services focus on gathering and connection, which would be better served in an online model. I am sorry for any issues this might raise, but we do look forward to being back in our offices soon.

For further information, please look at the Falcon’s Forward page.  https://www.uwrf.edu/Falcons-Forward/. One quick reference of this link is this, “If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or were in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, please call our hotline at 715-425-4000 or email contact.tracing@uwrf.edu.” We at UW-River Falls are working our hardest to have a safe campus for everyone. We have many things in place that we didn’t in the spring to help with that. Please look for updates.

Last week, our office record a Hispanic Heritage Month welcome. This week we’ll have an education video and next week we’ll still be doing Taco Bout It Tuesday. But here goes our welcome video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhQ7RAU2glg&t=29s

Thank you all so much and know many people on our campus are working hard to ensure we have a safe campus environment.

Martin Olague
Director

9/28/2020

Hello Falcons,

We are heading into October. One month down, and we look forward to bringing as many events to you as we can safely do.

Taco ‘Bout It Tuesday – Tuesday, September 29, at 11:00AM. This topic is looking at the whole summer. From George Floyd, to Supreme Court Rulings, to asking What is your new normal, we look at the broad scoop of the Summer of 2020. Please click on this link at 11AM to listen live and ask questions!

Join live event

Violence Prevention Coordinator

Ann E. Lawton is UWRF’s new Violence Prevention Coordinator (VPC). In her new role as VPC, Ann will plan, implement and evaluate theory- and evidence-informed strategies and programs aimed at reducing and preventing sexual and intimate partner violence, sexual harassment and gender-based violence, and stalking. As Ann gets up and running in this role, you can expect to see training, outreach, and programming for students, faculty, and staff.

Ann graduated from UWRF in 2008 with her bachelors degree and received her masters degree in Art Therapy from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee in 2011. She has been teaching full time in the art department at UWRF and has been an art therapist since 2011. Ann is a mixed media professional artist and lived in River Falls with her husband Robb and their 15 well-behaved houseplants. If you would like to collaborate, engage and share ideas with Ann about how we can empower students, staff and faculty, please reach out to Ann at ann.lawton@uwrf.edu or 715-425-4367.

Thank you,
Martin

10/7/2020

Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging:
Career Fair: largest virtual recruiting event of the year
On Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Career Services will host its first ever virtual career fair. Please encourage your students to pre-register for individual and group sessions facilitated by the attending employers. Students can access the event and sign-up for sessions on Handshake. To help students become more comfortable with the event logistics, they can watch this quick video from Handshake on how the fair will work, and visit Handshake’s Guide to Attending a Virtual Fair for links, screenshots and detailed tips for students. If questions, email mckenna.pfeiffer@uwrf.edu.

National Coming Out Day Take Over
On Monday October 12th, 2020 our Student Organization GSA will be taking over our social media account on Instagram @uwrfinclusivity. Four members will give an all exclusive insight about our new D.I.B office, Pride lounge, On campus G.I floor, and answering your overall Q&A’s about the significance of this month. So, make sure you tune in!

10/13/2020

Hello Falcons,

So a lot happened in the DIB social media. Please check it out, as there was something for Hispanic Heritage Month and how it relates to Indigenous Peoples’ Day and protest against Columbus Day, as well as National Coming Out Day take over by GSA and the Gender Inclusive floor in Johnson Hall. Please take time out of your day to look at these and comment.

To view the Student takeover of our Instagram page, please click on this link! https://www.instagram.com/uwrfinclusivity/ You’ll see in the story, as well as the post our students talking about their stories and sharing their experiences at UW-River Falls.

To view the video about Indigenous Peoples’ Day and how it crosses with Hispanic Heritage Month, please click on this Facebook link. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=337444567532343

Remember! Complete Sexual Assault Prevention training.
All new incoming students for Fall 2020 are required to complete the sexual assault prevention training from UWRF and UW System Partner, EverFi. Check your email for more information and the link for the training, or access it using this link: https://admin.fifoundry.net/uwrf/sign_in. If you don’t complete the training before October 16, 2020, a hold will be placed on your record and you will not be able to register for Spring classes.
Questions, concerns, or requests for accommodations can be directed to Jennifer Larimore, Title IX Coordinator & Director of University Integrity and Compliance, at jennifer.larimore@uwrf.edu or 715-425-4603.

Please be on the look out for more programming. Talk About It Tuesday will be happening online in 2 weeks. It will be streaming in MS Teams Live. Link to be provided

Finally, if you have any questions about joining an Identity Base Organization, such as Black Student Union, Latinx Student Organization, Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Asian American Student Association, Global Programming Society, Student Feminist Organization, you can contact me or annjennett.urbano@uwrf.edu.

Thank you so much Falcons, please be safe and have a great week.

-Martin

Contact Us

Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

inclusion@uwrf.edu

715-425-3300

M - F, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

269 Rodli Hall

 @UWRFinclusivity@UWRFinclusivity