Leadership message to UW-Green Bay students: ‘Our commitment to do better’

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Mike Alexander and his Cabinet sent this message to students earlier today, June 4, 2020.

Dear UW-Green Bay Students,

I have been personally struggling over the tragic loss of life of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery in recent weeks.  However, I realize that these are just the last three names that we know about among the countless number of people who have suffered from racist acts.  I want to be unequivocal that as a university we will not permit any acts of intolerance, bias, or racism.

Today, I sent an email to the faculty and staff challenging us to do better as a university to play a leading role in creating a more equitable, just, and inclusive society.  We are unified as campus leadership that we can and must take immediate steps to make sure our actions reflect our words.  To that end, all members of the University Cabinet have signed this email with me.  It is essential that we empower our students to bring about positive change in our communities.  As students begin to return to campus, we will organize listening sessions to understand from your perspective what we can do better and to inform you of the changes we are making.

We know many of you are struggling.  We hear you, are here for you, and support your efforts to make your voices heard.  We will do better.

Respectfully,

Michael Alexander, Chancellor
Kate Burns, Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost
Janet Bonkowski, Executive Director, Marketing & Communications
Charles Guthrie, Director of Athletics
Ben Joniaux, Chief of Staff
Gail Sims-Aubert, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Campus Climate
Sheryl Van Gruensven, Senior Vice Chancellor for Institutional Strategy
Tony Werner, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

UW-Green Bay Center for Public Affairs Report details COVID-19’s impact on nonprofits | Insight on Business

Nonprofits are reducing staff and reducing their use of volunteers while trying to figure out new ways to deliver their services, according to a report from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Center for Public Affairs.

“Covid-19 Effect on Nonprofit Organizations in Northeast Wisconsin, which is based on a survey conducted in late April, found that more than half of organizations reduced staff and 80 percent reduce their usage of volunteers. Most nonprofits reduced their service delivery while others quickly changed how their services were delivered to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while meeting the needs of their communities. Three-fourths of nonprofits also reported being concerned about being able to connect with their most vulnerable clients.

Source: Report details COVID-19’s impact on nonprofits | Insight on Business

UW-Green Bay Director of MESA discusses book sales on the topic of anti-racism and discrimination on the rise | WBAY

Book sales on topics such as discrimination and anti-racism are on the rise.

“I think what’s happening now is a lot of people are saying ‘you know what, I don’t think that’s enough’, but because they don’t know the how, and I think that’s where the book reading has been increasing, is where they’re saying ‘you know I don’t think it’s enough that I’m not racist,” said Mai Lo Lee.

Mai Lo Lee said by reading you can slow down from the mass of information you see online, and possibly better contribute to the cause.

“Especially with the education of knowing how powerful it is when racism is corrected or ended by a white person and I always say this is where your voice is much more powerful when you’re correcting somebody within your own community or someone who has affinity with you,” said Mai Lo Lee.

Source: Book sales on the topic of anti-racism and discrimination on the rise | WBAY