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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.


‘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.

Art display notes Black History Month

Black History Month exhibit

A small exhibit celebrating Black History Month has been installed in the display case in the concourse-level corridor linking the Cofrin Library’s Garden Café area and the Instructional Services Building. The display case, courtesy of the Office of the Curator of Art, features examples of African and African-American art along with poster art celebrating the contributions of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.


Get your tickets: Soul Food Dinner is Feb. 7

Here’s a friendly reminder that UW-Green Bay’s annual Soul Food Dinner is just around the corner. Sponsored by the Black Student Union and the American Intercultural Center, the Saturday, Feb. 7 event promises a scrumptious selection of Deep South eats along with great entertainment from renowned slam poet Dana Gilmore. “The Soul Food Dinner is a time when we can all come together and share in the festivities of great food and camaraderie from all,” said Diversity Director Justin Mallett. “A joyous occasion enjoyed by everyone, the Soul Food Dinner also will serve as the kick-off event to Black History Month at UW-Green Bay.” Doors open at 5 p.m. for the event, with the program set to start at 5:30.

UW-Green Bay presents annual Soul Food Dinner Feb. 7

The UW-Green Bay Black Student Union, along with the University’s American Intercultural Center, will host their annual Soul Food Dinner Saturday, Feb. 7 in the Phoenix Room of the University Union on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the program begins at 5:30.

The evening’s program will feature nationally renowned slam poet Dana Gilmore, along with other speakers and entertainers to help celebrate the festive event. Dinner menu items include fried chicken, catfish, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, candied yams, cornbread dressing and peach cobbler. The dishes have a true southern flavor and come from the Deep South kitchen of UW-Green Bay Diversity Director Justin Mallett’s family.

“The Soul Food Dinner is a time when we can all come together and share in the festivities of great food and camaraderie from all,” Mallett said. “A joyous occasion enjoyed by everyone, the Soul Food Dinner also will serve as the kick-off event to Black History Month at UW-Green Bay.”

Tickets for the Soul Food Dinner are $3 for students and children under age 12, and $6 for non-students. They can be purchased at the University Ticketing and Information Center in the University Union, or by calling (920) 465-2400.


UW-Green Bay-sponsored MLK event gets airtime ahead of Saturday celebration

We told you here yesterday that UW-Green Bay is a major sponsor and organizer for the annual Brown County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, taking place from 10:30 a.m.-Noon Saturday (Jan. 17) in the Student Center at NWTC. Event planning committee members have been busy promoting the celebration on local media, with TV appearances yesterday and today designed to offer audiences a preview of Saturday’s festivities. University Communication staffer and planning committee co-chair Kelly Moore appeared today (Thursday, Jan. 15) on WBAY’s Noon Show, while fellow co-chair Mohammed Bey, director of Diversity and Inclusion on NWTC, appeared Wednesday (Jan. 14) in two segments on Local 5 Live. You can check out the spots below:
WBAY’s Noon Show: Kelly Moore
Local 5 Live: Mohammed Bey
Local 5 Live: Mohammed Bey

Blake receives National Fellowship

Tresavoya Blake, a UW-Green Bay junior majoring in Democracy and Justice Studies and History, has been accepted into the National Undergraduate Fellowship Program (NUFP) offered by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). The goal of the NUFP program is to increase the number of historically underrepresented professionals into students affairs and higher education. Blake will spend the next year learning about various components of higher education from admissions to diversity and inclusion. She will also be eligible for various scholarships, professional development opportunities and internships. During this yearlong fellowship, she will be mentored by Dr. Justin Mallett, director of diversity. The NUFP fellowship is offered to only a select number of students throughout the United States and congratulations to Tresavoya Blake for being a recipient of this prestigious honor.