UW-Green Bay named Top 40 Best of the Best LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges & Universities

Green Bay, Wis.—Campus Pride commemorated LGBTQ History Month and National Coming Out Day this week, with the release of its 2020 BEST OF THE BEST LGBTQ-Friendly listing of colleges and universities. UW-Green Bay was among the Top 40 and one of the best in the Midwest Region based on an index which includes institutional support and exemplary commitment to LGBTQ-inclusion in policy, program and practice.

“UW-Green Bay recognizes that student success occurs when students are provided experiences that support them both now, and in the future,” says Stacie Christian, director of inclusive excellence and UW-Green Bay’s Pride center. “Being selected as a one of the Campus Pride 2020 Best of the Best College & Universities is important because it provides recognition of the effort that many have put into making UWGB more inclusive of individuals who are LGBTQ+. Students can select the name and pronouns they wish to use, they can attend events that support their interests and values, they can talk to professors about how to make courses more inclusive, they can meet each other within safe and  inclusive living housing (SAIL), or in the Pride Center, or for now, in online chatrooms where they feel safe.”

For nearly two decades, Campus Pride has advocated and supported college and university campuses to improve LGBTQ campus life and change institutional policies, programs and practices,” according to the Campus Pride press release. The Campus Pride Index (CPI), located at www.CampusPrideIndex.org, provides a benchmarking tool to assess LGBTQ-inclusion efforts from academics, to student life, to housing, to recruitment and retention activities. The full listing may be found online: www.CampusPride.org/2020BESTOFTHEBEST.

Christian said that UW-Green Bay students, through the Pride Center, have had internship opportunities to advocate in the community for policy change, to lead in Pride youth leadership and history camps, and to educate about LGBTQ+ concerns in health care, academic arenas, municipalities, businesses, and non-profits.

“But more importantly, the campus recognizes the opportunity to continue to grow in its own learning and understanding of the needs of LGBTQ+ individuals, and where we will go from here to continue to serve LGBTQ+ and our communities,” Christian said.

This year Campus Pride highlighted colleges and universities by region. Campus Pride works with more than 1,400 colleges and universities annually to improve the quality of campus life for LGBTQ people and to create safer, more inclusive campus communities.

The 2020 BEST OF THE BEST College & University listing is based on the data provided annually through the CPI related to policies, programs and practice. The research is analyzed by the Campus Pride research team using the proven CPI LGBTQ-Friendly factors and knowledge of the LGBTQ higher education landscape.

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Peace, Equity and Social Justice Virtual Camp coming to students and families

In collaboration with Eddie Moore, Jr., of America and Moore and The Privilege Institute, UW-Green Bay has created a Peace, Equity and Social Justice virtual camp for middle school students, high school students and their parents for four weeks beginning Oct. 25, 2020. The camp is designed to help prepare citizens and future leaders with the skills and knowledge essential to the conversation around issues of diversity, power and privilege. New content every week with three age-appropriate tracks. Optional live Q&A sessions. Inspire #RealTalk with your kids to ensure a bright and positive future. America is changing, and Eddie Moore, Jr., invites families to join him in the evolution.

Eddie Moore, Jr., Ph.D., is recognized as one of the nation’s top motivational speakers and national educators. He has pursued and achieved success in the world of academia, business, diversity and community service. In 1996, he started America & MOORE, LLC to provide comprehensive diversity and cultural competency trainings and workshops for K-12 schools, community organizations, businesses, colleges and universities all across the world. Moore has presented at national and international conferences focusing on issues of diversity, youth, community, education, cultural competency, leadership, white privilege and other forms of oppression. Eddie is a dynamic, personal diversity consultant and public speaker. His presentations are interactive, fun, challenging, informative and practical.

Eddie Moore, Jr.

Inclusivity and Equity Level 1 Foundations 1 & 2 Training

Inclusivity and Equity Level 1 Foundations 1 & 2; and Level 2 training is occurring several times this academic year. To inquire about how to earn a Level 1 or 2 Inclusivity and Equity Certificate, or to submit a request to be invited to Level 1 Foundations 1 & 2 training, or Level 2 training, please complete a short Qualtrics survey and Stacie Christian, Ph.D., Director of Inclusive Excellence and Pride Center, will respond to your survey inquiries. Or, you can contact Stacie at christis@uwgb.edu.

High School Fall Pride

High School Fall Pride Camp

New youth programs being offered for fall include free High School Fall Pride Camp, designed to celebrate the diversity within the LGBTQ+ community through history, art, music and media. Students will focus on how to become positive leaders. There will also be a Parent Fall Pride Discussion on Tuesday, October 6. Fall in love with learning.

High School Fall Pride Camp
Oct. 8-29
4 Weekly Sessions | New Content Every Week
Free
Grades 9-12

UW-Green Bay names Corey King, Ed.D., as vice chancellor for Inclusivity and Student Affairs

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced last week that Corey King, Ed.D. will be joining the University as its new vice chancellor for Inclusivity and Student Affairs effective Sept. 21, 2020. He brings more than 27 years of higher education experience in student affairs, student services, and enrollment management to the University, and is recognized by regional and national student affairs associations for his work as a student affairs leader.

King is currently vice president for Enrollment Management & Student Financial Services at Bethune-Cookman University. He was previously vice president for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management at Florida Atlantic University.

“I could not be more excited that Dr. King has agreed to join us at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay,” said Chancellor Michael Alexander. “His energy, passion, and skill are undeniable. He brings a wealth of experience that will help our campus improve our inclusionary practices and our work in Student Affairs. I am thrilled to have his expertise on our Cabinet and know he will have a tremendous impact on the student experience at UW-Green Bay.”

Throughout his career, King has been a champion of diversity and inclusion through his leadership in establishing an Urban Male Institute focused on the recruitment, retention, and graduation of urban males and a First-Generation Student Success Center geared toward providing support services and scholarships to the upward social mobility of first- generation students.

In addition, as an associate graduate faculty member, he taught graduate courses focused on student affairs leadership, contemporary and diversity issues, and comparative internationalization in higher education. He has also taught at the undergraduate level through the first-year seminar.

“I am excited to join the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay community during these unprecedented times in our nation and the world,” King shared in his acceptance of this role. “The opportunities to ensure the inclusivity of the University is paramount. I look forward to working with Chancellor Alexander and all stakeholders, especially students as we strive toward excellence in diversity and inclusion.”

King received a Bachelor’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration/Student Affairs from Florida State University. He received his Doctorate in Educational Administration & Leadership from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

 About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,700 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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Reminder! Virtual vice chancellor interviews

The final candidates in the search for search for the Vice Chancellor for University Inclusivity and Student Affairs will begin this week. Each candidate will present in an open forum for the campus community. The open forums will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on each respective day.

See the schedule and “meet” the candidates:

Jo-Ann Robinson
Jo-Ann Robinson
Fri, Aug. 14, 1 p.m.
Join Session
Corey King
Corey King
Wed, Aug. 19, 1 p.m.
Join Session
Mohammed Bey
Mohammed Bey
Fri, Aug. 21, 1 p.m.
Join Session

Feedback forms

Please consider filling out a response following each of the open forums at the following links:

Power 2 Change: Alexandra Ritchie

WBAY-TV2 is advancing the conversation about race in Northeast Wisconsin. Alexandra Ritchie works in higher education, in the admissions office at UW-Green Bay. Earlier this year following social justice protests, Ritchie penned a letter to her colleagues about issues of race, and ways that UWGB could have an impact on the entire student body. Ritchie speaks about the ways she believes educators can, and should, lead the way to provide opportunities for all students. See Power 2 Change: Alexandra Ritchie.

Video: UW-Green Bay’s Alexandra Ritchie’s inspiring letter to campus about inclusion and equity

In this open letter to her campus colleagues, Marketing and Communications Recruitment Coordinator in UW-Green Bay’s Office of Admissions, Alexandra Ritchie expresses her personal pain over hate, stereotyping and the devastating actions leading to recent marches and protests across the nation.

She, and others, call on the UW-Green Bay campus community to seek understanding, serve as allies, and demand that as a campus, we do better, as Chancellor Alexander has requested from the four-campus community. Ritchie is working with the personnel across campus to compile a list of resources that help educate and motivate.

Her story…

Alexandra Ritchie

My first encounter with racism came in the first grade. A group of classmates staged a boycott of chocolate milk during lunches because it was “gross” like the color of my skin. I didn’t even know I was any different. Sure, by first grade those kids may have already been taught their biases from parents or other family members, but they were also born into a society that prioritizes white bodies and demotes ‘otherness’ to second-class. My otherness.

I’m tired of being tired.

Our unfair systems have deemed United States a level playing ground. In reality, Black people have been chained to the starting line, centuries behind the lead. When the shackles came off on Juneteenth we were suddenly supposed to be able to compete? The Civil Rights movement brought about change on paper, but how much change actually occurred in the hearts and minds of those in power? What systems were deconstructed and reconstructed to have us all starting in the same spot?

Systemic racism is hard to break, but it’s even harder to bear. The not-so-funny thing about racism is that the oppressed can’t always make the change; sometimes we can only demand it. After all, what oppressor listens to the oppressed? We need allies. When Black people and other persons of color ask for allies, we aren’t just asking for well-intentioned people to ask how we’re doing. We aren’t asking for people to be colorblind. We aren’t asking for a white body to be a megaphone for our anguish. We aren’t asking you to argue on Facebook with your racist uncle. All these things could help, but we’re really asking for you to educate yourself, embrace our differences, occupy the spaces that we haven’t been permitted in for over 400 years, and go to war destroying those systems that continually put a proverbial knee to our necks. If you aren’t uncomfortable, you’re doing it wrong.

Part of educating yourself is understanding your individual privilege. Privilege shouldn’t be a scary word or insult, and it’s not just for white people. Privilege doesn’t mean that you haven’t fallen on hard times. It’s an honest reflection of things to be grateful for, things that you have no control over that make your life even a fraction easier. Analyzing and accepting privilege is the first step to better understanding what systems you’re benefitting from that marginalized groups may not be. Those working in education are not only tasked with continually evaluating their own biases and privileges, but also imparting the knowledge of past generations onto the next, helping them develop critical thinking skills and inspiring a strong value system. Unfortunately, education itself, especially higher education, can also be a privilege.

So, how do we as a UW-Green Bay community fix that? Well, it starts internally, and it’s not just about not being racist. It’s about being anti-racist. We’re no longer just talking about individuals, we’re looking at the systems. Try need-based scholarships instead of merit-based. Fill courses with real-world applications for all walks of life. Provide access to resources to support all students, no matter their intersectionalities. Take care of the whole student. The whole staff. The whole faculty. Once we’ve established our internal anti-racism reform, we have to continue that trajectory into the rest of our community. And that starts with divesting from partners or companies who don’t hold the same anti-racism values as us. We can’t and won’t tolerate it.

Lord knows I don’t have all the answers, but to me, the goal should never be diversity. Diversity feels like a check box that we have to tick rather than the leveling the playing field. What I’m striving for is inclusion and equity. I want a UW-Green Bay that gives everyone a seat at the table, a voice, and the opportunity to shatter societal limitations and create the community and country that we so rightfully deserve. And we’re well on our way.

From the moment I interviewed at UW-Green Bay, I knew this place was different. The care and tenacity are unmatched. There’s a strong willingness to do what’s right, even if it’s unconventional or goes against what everyone else is doing. Every day I see the inner workings, the strides being taken and the leaders pushing the envelope. This place is unapologetically itself, and that’s just the kind of place to unleash a revolution.

Watch us rise.

 

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