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2015 UW-Green Bay Pow Wow set for April 25

2015 UW-Green Bay Pow Wow FlierThe University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Intertribal Student Council will present the 2015 UW-Green Bay Pow Wow from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at the Kress Events Center on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive.

The event, which is free and open to the public, attracts participants and spectators from across Wisconsin and surrounding states.

It will include grand entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., as well as a no-cost feast at 5 p.m. at the Mauthe Center on campus. M&J Catering will provide food for the feast.

The theme for the 2015 Pow Wow is “Honoring the Family,” and the event will include a smoke dance special and men’s traditional special. Other honor dances will be held to recognize UW-Green Bay students, UW-Green Bay alumni and others.

The host drum for the event is Midnite Express, a well-known award-winning drum out of Minneapolis.  Three invited drums include one youth drum, Tomahawk Circle (from the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe band), to honor all ages of the family. The other two are Eagle Singers and Str8 Across (Menominee).

The master of ceremonies will be Marin ‘Mark’ Denning of the Oneida Nation, and Tyler Defoe (Oneida) is arena director for the event. The Pow Wow’s female head dancers are Antoinette Lester (Oneida, Memoninee) and Kesekokiw Grignon (Oneida, Menominee). The male head dancer is Matthew Lester (Navaho). The color guard unit from the Wisconsin Indian Veterans Association’s Oneida Chamber will bring in the flags during each grand entry.

Sponsors for the Pow Wow include UW-Green Bay’s Intertribal Student Council, SUFAC, Office of the Provost, American Intercultural Center, First Nations Studies Program, Dean of Students Office, Office of Student Life, the Diversity Taskforce, Common Theme Committee, Stockbridge-Munsee Community and Oneida Nationa Tourism.

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Panel on race relations, policing draws community attention

race-relationsA panel discussion on “Race Relations and the Local Police” attracted large attendance Tuesday night (April 14) at the Union’s Phoenix Room. Hosted by the American Intercultural Center, moderated by Justin Mallett and featuring Mayor Jim Schmitt, local police chiefs (UWGB’s Tom Kujawa included) and representatives of the African-American community on the panel, the event also drew extensive and positive media coverage.
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WBAY-TV previews Tuesday’s forum on race relations, policing

A panel discussion on “Race Relations and the Local Police” is scheduled to take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday (April 14) at the Union’s Phoenix Room. WBAY-TV offers a preview. They interviewed Justin Mallett of the American Intercultural Center, which is hosting the event, and Public Safety Director Tom Kujawa. A “shoot/don’t shoot” training simulator in the University Union’s 1965 Room will be available to students and others most of the day, giving participants an opportunity to gain a better appreciation of a law enforcement officer’s perspective on potential deadly force situations.
To see the TV-2 story
To see the University news release

Sign-ups encouraged for law-enforcement training simulator


From 11:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, an official of NWTC’s officer-training program will set up a “shoot/don’t shoot” training simulator in the University Union’s 1965 Room. Up to two individuals can sign up to participate in each 15-minute block in the training simulator. Participants will be provided a short orientation prior to the simulated exercise and time to debrief afterwards. A sign-up sheet to participate in the simulated exercise is available at the American Intercultural Center, University Union Room 150.

Tuesday’s panel discussion will tackle race relations, policing


A panel discussion on “Race Relations and the Local Police” is scheduled to take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday (April 14), in the Union’s Phoenix Room. The free public event will feature panelists including Green Bay Police Chief Tom Molitor, Mayor Jim Schmitt, UW-Green Bay Public Safety Director Tom Kujawa, Public Safety Training Coordinator Michael Molnar of NWTC, and Pastors Paul Davis of Kingdom Agenda Church and L.C. Green of Divine Temple Church. Organizer and moderator Justin Mallett, director of diversity, says he appreciates that police and members of the local community already have experience in maintaining an ongoing dialog. “The event isn’t intended to criticize the police or their efforts,” Mallett says. “It’s to ask questions and help more people understand what our community is doing to continue to make sure these events (in Madison and Ferguson, Mo., for example) don’t happen in Green Bay.”

Plans for ‘shoot/don’t shoot’ simulator

A “shoot/don’t shoot” training simulator will be available in the University Union’s 1965 Room during the day on Tuesday (April 14), in advance of that evening’s panel discussion. From 11:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., law enforcement trainer Mike Molnar, of NWTC, will give participants an opportunity to gain a better appreciation of a law enforcement officer’s perspective on potential deadly force situations. Up to two individuals can sign up to participate in each 15-minute block in the training simulator. Participants will be provided a short orientation prior to the simulated exercise, and time to debrief afterwards. A sign-up sheet to participate in the exercise is available at the American Intercultural Center, University Union Room 150.

UW-Green Bay to host panel discussion on race relations, policing

A panel discussion on “Race Relations and the Local Police” is scheduled to take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Hosted by the University’s American Intercultural Center, the event will take place in the Phoenix Room on the main level of the University Union on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive. The event is free and open to the public.

Panelists will include Green Bay Police Chief Tom Molitor, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt, UW-Green Bay Public Safety Director Tom Kujawa, Public Safety Training Coordinator Michael Molnar of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, and Pastors Paul Davis of Kingdom Agenda Church and L.C. Green of Divine Temple Church, both of Green Bay.

The moderator will be Justin Mallett, director of diversity for UW-Green Bay. Mallett, a native of Kosciusko, Miss., who holds a doctorate in educational leadership, joined the staff last July. In the wake of highly publicized police shootings involving African Americans in Ferguson, Mo., and Madison, he says he has been pleased to learn that Green Bay police and members of the local community already have experience in maintaining an ongoing dialog.

“The event (on the 14th) isn’t intended to criticize the police or their efforts,” Mallett says. “It’s to ask questions and help more people understand what our community is doing to continue to make sure these events don’t happen in Green Bay. I expect that students will share their perceptions of the local police and public safety. Some of their questions could be direct and even pointed, but it’s my view that we won’t be able to move forward with our overall mission if people just want to criticize and blame.”

Earlier in the day, from 11:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday,  Molnar, of NWTC, will set up a “shoot/don’t shoot” training simulator in the University Union’s 1965 Room.  This will give participants an opportunity to gain a better appreciation of a law enforcement officer’s perspective on potential deadly force situations.  Up to two individuals can sign up to participate in each 15-minute block in the training simulator.  Participants will be provided a short orientation prior to the simulated exercise and time to debrief afterwards.  A sign-up sheet to participate in the simulated exercise is available at the American Intercultural Center, University Union Room 150.

Nationally, some activists have urged that April 14 be a day of walkouts and protests over police shootings. Mallett says he hopes the event at UW-Green Bay gives local college and high school students an opportunity to share their perceptions of these national incidents, to learn from fellow community members about the history of race relations locally, and to be pro-active in contributing to positive police-community relations.

Anyone with questions about the event may contact Mallett at MallettJ@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2720.

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‘Race Relations in the American South’ features Miller, Mallett, Austin

Georgia Miller and Justin Mallett, natives of the state of Mississippi, will be among the featured speakers at 2 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 26) in the Union’s Christie Theatre for a discussion of “Race Relations in the American South.” Also joining the panel is Associate Prof. Andrew Austin of Democracy and Justice Studies. The panel will use documentary films as the starting point for a conversation about how race relations have unfolded in Southern politics, the legacies of African Americans who directly challenged Jim Crow, white segregationists who resisted those challenges, and political actors of all races and approaches. Free and open to the public.

Capacity crowd for Soul Food Dinner


Justin Mallet, UW-Green Bay’s director of diversity, says he just might have to expand the capacity of next year’s campus Soul Food Dinner to 325. That’s because this year’s event, on Saturday, hosted by the Black Student Union and the American Intercultural Center, was full up at 250 attendees. Mallett was an on-set guest of WFRV TV-5 on Friday night to promote the Black History Month event. To see that short interview.

Friday’s workshop: ‘Inclusivity and Equity at UW-Green Bay’

UW-Green Bay’s new Inclusivity and Equity Certificate Program resumes its 2014-15 series of offerings with a workshop at 12:30 p.m. this Friday (Feb. 6) in Phoenix Room A of the University Union. Staff member Stacie Christian and student Jacob Immel are co-presenters for the 120-minute session “Inclusivity and Equity at UWGB, part I.” Participants will gain an overview of the Inclusive Excellence concept, practice how to identify the differences between hate crimes and bias behaviors, and learn to identify examples of proactive Inclusive Excellence strategies that can be used in the classroom and workplace. Reserve a spot in Friday’s workshop.

Certificate series lists four ‘Inclusive Excellence’ programs for spring
The new certificate program is designed to develop and recognize commitment to the UW-Green Bay Inclusive Excellence initiative and UW System efforts to promote diversity and equity. The Inclusivity and Equity Certificate Program consists of a combination of professional development, self-study and community service — all connecting related lectures, workshops, programming and activities to a larger purpose. Stacie Christian, coordinator for Inclusive Excellence and the Pride Center, will lead two of this spring’s sessions, with the AIC’s Justin Mallett and faculty member Forrest Brooks leading the others.

The lineup:
Workshop: Inclusivity and Equity at UWGB, part I
, Friday, Feb. 6, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Presenter: Stacie Christian

Ten Factors Minority Students Face at Predominately White Institutions
, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2-3 p.m., Presenter: Justin Mallett


Workshop: Inclusivity and Equity at UWGB, part II
, Thursday, March 5, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Presenter: Stacie Christian

First Nations People
, Thursday, April 9, 2-3 p.m., Presenter: Forrest Brooks

Learn more about the Inclusive Excellence certificate program, Chancellor’s Council on Diversity and Inclusive Excellence.