In the media: Harden, other education leaders encourage diversity

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Thomas Harden is among area educators who co-authored a column on embracing diversity in Tuesday’s (May 8) Green Bay Press-Gazette. Along with Michelle Langenfeld, Green Bay schools superintendent; Jeffrey Rafn, president of NWTC; and Thomas Kunkel, president of St. Norbert College, Harden and colleagues urge readers to celebrate the diversification of greater Green Bay. New people bring new ideas, perspectives and energy, not to mention fashions, cuisines, leadership and more, the column says. The impetus for the piece also has UW-Green Bay ties — it’s based on data from last year’s large-scale LIFE Study, for which our own Prof. Lora Warner was the principal investigator. Only 45 percent of respondents said the region’s growing diversity is a good thing, down from 60 percent a decade earlier, the paper reported. Harden and his colleagues in education are committed to turning that around. Full column.