UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Weekly Email Announcements

3/19/2021

UW-River Falls statement on Atlanta shootings

In the last year, there have been nearly 3,800 reported attacks on Asians in the U.S., most of them against women. This week we bore witness to a mass killing of eight people, six of whom were women of Asian descent. At UWRF we are working hard to develop a community that stands against xenophobia, racism, misogyny, discrimination and harassment. While the motive of these shootings is still under investigation, UWRF expresses its sympathy for the victims and their families, condemns this violence and all violence against women, and stands in solidarity with the Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islander community at UWRF and in our broader region. If you witness any act of hate, bias, discrimination or harassment in our community, please use our Report It resources to let us know. If you or those you know are seeking support or resources, please contact the following:

Students: Student Health and Counseling, 715-425-3884 or counseling.services@uwrf.edu, or
Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, 715-425-3300 or inclusion@uwrf.edu
Employees: Employee Assistance Program, 833-539-7285 or create an account to access the EAP resources online at sowi.mylifeexpert.com (code SOWI).

 

3/8/2021

Hello Falcons,

As many of you know, the Derek Chauvin case starts today. It is important to debrief this moment so I would like to offer a space for a Talking Circle. So Wednesday at 5PM, DIB will be holding a space to debrief and talk about the trial, how this has affected you and what are your hopes and fears of this trail. Please use this link.  Click here to join the meeting Or call in (audio only) +1 262-771-0470,,723356861#  

A reminder for today, we are hosting a screening of the documentary, “Picture a Scientist”. You can view the trailer to the film here: https://www.pictureascientist.com/. We will be hosting discussion panel that evening at 6pm with some of our female faculty in science fields where they will share their reactions to the film, talk about their experiences, and share ideas of how we can continue to improve the situation for women in science. Please RSVP through the Corq app or through MyOrgs at: https://myorgs.uwrf.edu/event/6951957 Links for everything can be found on the RSVP page.

Finally, don’t forget to fill out the The Campus Climate Survey (aka the Diverse Learning Environment Survey). In the survey you’ll be prompted  to reflect on your experiences at UWRF, with questions that touch on classroom experiences, use of student services, interactions with others on campus and participation in multicultural and other activities.
Results from the last survey helped us to better combat gender discrimination and expand our office of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging – including the addition of a Pride Center.
http://heri.vainc.com/survey.aspx?s=kzX4y1BmcUc1&sch=Mbjuqg3a1Bc1
Thank you all and we wish you a great week!

Martin Olague
Director

 

3/1/2021

Hello all,

Last week many of your received an e-mail about the Diverse Learning Environments Survey (DLE). This survey is a partnership with UW-System and UW-River Falls in an effort to see what we as a campus need to improve. The last time we have a campus climate survey, this helped us fight for a Pride Center and larger space for DIB. As we strive as a campus to improve and give a better experience to you, the student, we need your feedback. So I encourage everyone to take this survey. Please be as honest as possible, this is the only way we can improve. Thank you so much and we look forward to hearing from you.

http://heri.vainc.com/survey.aspx?s=kzX4y1BmcUc1&sch=Mbjuqg3a1Bc1

Martin Olague
Director

2/22/21

Hello Falcons,

This is a busy week at DIB and we want to make you aware of everything going on.

First, Africa Night! This Thursday BSU and DIB are holding the annual Africa Night. Africa Night is a tradition at UW-River Falls for over 30 years. This Thursday at 6:30, the program starts. If you want to order food, please see MyOrgs and Corq for RSVP and food ordering information!

SnowPerson Building Event!!
DIB is going to do the 1st Annual Snowperson building contest.
On Wednesday, February 24, 2021 between 1PM and 5PM each group is welcomed to build a snowperson outside of Rodli Hall, on the East side of campus. DIB is looking to provide hot chocolate, though not guaranteed. The idea is to provide a safe event to bring the groups back together. As CoVID and social distancing has made it harder for the groups to come together, we hope that this could be a way to help. Each group is welcomed to decorate the snowperson how they see fit, and even add their own spin to it based on the identity group. If the group wants to make a regular snowperson, that is acceptable too. The idea is to have some fun together.

Taco About It Tuesday! Tomorrow, Taco Bout It Tuesday. This month we’ll be talking about events from 2021 so far and their impact on what’s going on today. From the Capital Riots, to Executive Orders, to Texas Energy Crisis, we’ll be talking about these topics. To participate live, please follow this link tomorrow at 11AM! Yes, for 12 months we have called this Taco Bout It Tuesday, but we are planning to hopefully, in April, bring back the Tacos.
Link: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_ZDU2OWVlZTQtNjUyZi00NTJlLTkzYWItOGFlN2Y0Y2NlYTFm%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22dbdf23c7-3f3a-4bbe-ae76-d7310a527fd8%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%223724a35c-129a-40cb-930d-13a293e8b0f1%22%7d
Or call in (audio only)
+1 262-771-0470,,880673010#   United States, Kenosha
Phone Conference ID: 880 673 010#

Attention UWRF students! Now’s your chance to help create change at UW-River Falls.
The Campus Climate Survey (aka the Diverse Learning Environment Survey) opens today and we’re asking all undergraduate students to participate.
In the survey you’ll be prompted  to reflect on your experiences at UWRF, with questions that touch on classroom experiences, use of student services, interactions with others on campus and participation in multicultural and other activities.
Results from the last survey helped us to better combat gender discrimination and expand our office of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging – including the addition of a Pride Center.
http://heri.vainc.com/survey.aspx?s=kzX4y1BmcUc1&sch=Mbjuqg3a1Bc1

A lot going on, so please be on the lookout for your e-mail. Thank you all and have a good week.

Martin Olague, Director

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

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

12/4/2020

Hello Falcons,

There are plenty of updates for next week.

I would like to make sure all students are aware of Chancellor Search Listening Session.

One of the first and most important activities that the committee undertakes is to listen and learn more from us about the attributes and expectations for the next chancellor. To gather that feedback, we will host listening sessions on Monday, Dec. 7 for employees, students and other stakeholders to provide input on priorities and challenges for our 19th chancellor.

With statewide limits on gatherings, these listening sessions will be held virtually, beginning with a series of hour-long listening sessions. All listening sessions are open. While anyone can join any session that is convenient, sessions will focus on particular stakeholder groups as follows:

Students 2:40-3:40 p.m.

On Dec. 7, join a session through the MS Teams virtual meeting platform:

Access information: Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only): +1 (262) 771-0470

Phone Conference ID: 572 812 583#

“Apply for the 2021 Out for Undergrad (O4U) Business Conference | 1st Round Deadline December 4th

O4U Business is the leading conference for LGBTQ+ identifying undergraduate students, providing mentorship through workshops and panels led by LGBTQ+ mentors and leaders in the financial services industry. Hosted by Goldman Sachs this April 2021 and Fall 2021 in New York City, selected students will have the chance to receive mentorship and network with professional from Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan, Blackstone, McKinsey & Co, Boston Consulting Group, Bain & Co., BlackRock, Microsoft, and many more firms on an all-expenses paid trip. This is a great opportunity for interested LGBTQ+ students to learn from leading professionals and to get introduced to the top firms in Banking, Asset Management, Private Equity, and Consulting Industries. To learn more visit http://outforundergrad.org/business . To apply, visit the O4U Website – the first round of 3 rounds/chances to submit your application is Friday, December 4, 2020.

If you are interested in applying for the conference and learning more, please fill out this short Google Form here: https://forms.gle/scEHj3NBCXwkRLCB9 . If you have questions regarding the application, please email Campus Ambassador Eric Byerly (eric.byerly@my.uwrf.edu).”

We Are Falcons Event

We Are Falcons Values Series: Creating Communities where Black Lives Matter Pandemic Edition

Join Dr. Craig A. Ford, Jr. (Assistant Professor, Saint Norbert College) in this two-part program designed to generate real action steps that result in greater antiracist commitment with your college community. Part One involves a small-group conversation with staff, faculty, student leaders, and other stakeholders where we focus on your campus culture and on areas vital to the success of an antiracist mission. In Part Two, Dr. Ford will interact virtually with a wider campus audience, taking into account the information gathered from Part One, and will offer a presentation on what the pandemic and recent #BLM protests have taught us about realizing racial justice in your college community.

December 9, 7PM

https://uwrf.campuslabs.com/engage/event/6190881

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/w/94168417028?tk=1dX9ebjRtRYnuWSoYDINrLe59OeUn__evrLzxoZIa-Y.DQIAAAAV7OADBBZkQnJ1MlRWTVFzS0plclQ4Z2p3QUt3AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Lawton Meeting

If you received the Lawton Grant, we have to set up a meeting if you haven’t already. Please contact me and make an appointment.

Thank you all, and hope you all have a great rest of the semester.

Martin Olague

Director

1/18/2021

Dear Falcons,

Today we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We at Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DIB) are committed to working with Dr. King’s teachings in mind. As we look at our world entering 2021, it is easy to look at the “I Have a Dream” speech and think maybe Dr. King was wrong. While many do quote the famous speech, I think it is also important to look at Dr. King in a broader view. To know that while Dr. King did speak out on racial issues, he also spoke out on economic issues and had an anti-war message. Though he was unpopular at the time, Dr. King said, "The time is always right to do what is right."

Today, we are faced with different challenges, but the lessons are still the same. Through a pandemic, racial unrest and political uncertainty, we sometimes don’t know what to focus on or where to even go. The year 2020 has been hard on us all, from adjusting to online classes to social distancing and the many other factors that have changes our lives. When it looks like we don’t know what to do, remember, "Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase."

I want to end on this note. Our work is shaped by those who came before us, with Dr. King being my personal hero. I would welcome everyone to do more reading about Dr. King and listen to his sermons about war, poverty, and fighting racial injustice. Remember this: at the core of his message, Dr. King asks that we be a shining light and we never give up fighting for justice.

Martin Olague
Director
Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

2/4/2021

Welcome Back Falcons

We hope you had a great break, and we look forward to seeing you either on campus, or finding a way to connect online. As we move forward, I know many are hoping that a return to normal is around the corner. Also, if you are a first-year student, you might be hoping that your college experience will start to resemble the experience we had pre-CoVID. With all that said, for the time still be offering DIB programming, book reading groups, and support to Identity Base Groups. It’s hard for all of us, including me, to not look forward. But there is still need to keep up with social distancing and wearing a mask indoors.

This is also the first week of Black History Month. Unlike Black History Months past, we celebrate this year with CoVID in the background. There are less chances to come together, but that means we have to work harder to recognize and celebrate Black voices on campus. If you are wondering, at the end of the month, BSU and DIB will still be co-hosting African Night this year. It will be held virtually and we are working on a way to bring food onto campus safely. African Night is a very longstanding tradition on our campus, and has been a pillar event for over 30 years. Throughout the month, we’ll also be sending out some educational pieces on Black History Month as well. Please take this month as a time to learn, and reflect. If you have any questions, people in our office are here to help in any way possible. Thank you.

IMPORTANT RESEARCH BEING DONE!

There is a flyer attached, Dr. Courtney Wells wanted to conduct a research study around how COVID-19 has affected people with rheumatic/autoimmune disorders everyday lives. She is really trying to hit underrepresented communities because they want to highlight how COVID-19 has affected underrepresented communities (BIPOC specially but any underrepresented community). They need to get the word out to this very specific population of people: people from an underrepresented group who are living with autoimmune/rheumatic conditions. They have been working on this study since about June 2020 and we have only interviewed about 9 people so far but would love to get at least 20 total interviews.

Dr. Courtney Wells has already gone through the UWRF IRB since she is a professor there but if you have any questions about that, contact her @ Courtney.wells@uwrf.edu.

Important Notice:
We at DIB would like to welcome you to study in our space. The DIB lounge is open, and furniture is spaced with accordance with campus regulations. With that said, we ask that you keep your mask on while in our lobby. It is important to keep our mission of inclusivity that our space stay a welcoming place to all. And the best way for our space to be inclusive is for people to feel safe, and during a pandemic that would be to keep your mask on in the DIB space.

Thank you all we hope to see you around. Thank you.

Martin Olague
Director
Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

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