Mai J. Lo Lee, diversity director at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs Office, noted people might make a social media post or correct a stranger’s hateful or rude comment on the internet, but the hard part is holding conversations daily about hate against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Now enrolling new sessions for April & May
Green Bay, Wis.—What started as a pilot program for Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity earlier this year at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is now registering for its third session. The program is attracting a diverse group of professionals throughout Wisconsin and from states as far afield as Florida, California and New York. Businesses and organizations are registering entire teams for the online training and looking forward to onsite customized trainings in the near future.
Joining the national call for racial justice, UW-Green Bay’s Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement hosted a webinar to evaluate interest in a certificate program dedicated to nurturing environments of diversity, equity and inclusion at work, at home and in our communities. The webinar’s response initiated the launch of the foundational (Level 1) program in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in November 2020. A Level 2 program was added January of 2021.
“The launching of this certificate program focused on equity, diversity, and inclusion speaks to UW-Green Bay’s responsiveness and commitment to being a community beacon for advancing for racial justice,” says the University’s Vice Chancellor for University Inclusivity & Student Affairs, Corey King.
The primary instructor for the course is Reverend Lex Cade-White, who has facilitated dialogues and conversations in communities and congregations about race, class, gender, and spirituality for more than 10 years and has done research on race and multiculturalism and comparisons around feminism, race and religion.
About the program, Rev. Cade-White said, “Level 1 participants in the first course engaged in very rich astute questions, reflection and growth around what they see DEI looking like, what they hope for it and how they can improve and sustain things. The students interested in the deeper dive gained in Level 2 are looking forward to gaining more tools and awareness to better apply concepts to their workplaces and organizations.”
Each level is five weeks in duration and takes place 100 percent online, comprised of online self-study and a virtual discussion and panel presentation. Panelists are experts from the community or University and have included Stacie Christian, director of Inclusive Excellence and the Pride Center at UW-Green Bay, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion professional speaker and facilitator Lisa Koenecke. In each session, participants learn as a cohort and build on their self-study with discussion groups and peer to peer learning.
Response to the program has been effusive and enthusiastic.
“The program is amazing!” said Ultimate Medical Company’s (Tampa, Fl) Director of Talent Heather Fleetwood. “I am already using so much in my job.”
Other participants have commented that the program is the most thorough, providing outstanding value and return on investment.
Level 1 (Foundational) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is enrolling now, and sessions will begin the week of April 19. Level 2 (Advanced) is also enrolling for two cohorts with sessions beginning the weeks of March 15 and May 3, respectively. Level 1 is a prerequisite for Level 2.
To learn more about the program, visit the program website at http://www.uwgb.edu/continuing-professional-education/certificate-programs/diversity-equity-and-inclusion/ or contact Tammy Clausen, Business Development Specialist at 715-504-3305 or email@example.com.
About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Established in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving 8,970 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and 79,604 continuing education enrollees each year across all campus locations. We educate students from pre-college through retirement and offer 200+ degrees, programs and certificates. UW-Green Bay graduates are resilient, inclusive, sustaining and engaged members of their communities, ready to rise to fearlessly face challenges, solve problems and embrace diverse ideas and people. With four campus locations, the University welcomes students from every corner of the world. In 2020, UW-Green Bay was the fastest growing UW school in Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.
About UW-Green Bay’s Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement
The Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement focuses its mission on creating educational opportunity and access for all ages, encompassing K-12 student programs, personal and professional development and customized training to meet the needs of a progressive economy. The division develops, collaborates and executes responsive solutions for diverse communities statewide, all of which reflect a deep commitment to inclusion, social justice and civic responsibility. For more information, visit: http://www.uwgb.edu/continuing-education/
National Honor for Commitment to First-Generation Student Success
Green Bay, Wis.— The Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation, recently announced the 2021-22 First-gen Forward cohort, which included the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. UW-Green Bay is the first UW System institution to be recognized as a First-Gen Forward institution.
The First-gen Forward designation recognizes institutions of higher education which have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students. Selected institutions receive professional development, community-building experiences, and a first look at the Center’s research and resources.
At UW-Green Bay, 34.2% (2,356) undergraduate students and 11.2% (51) graduate students are recognized as first-generation student—the first in their families to pursue a college degree.
“This exciting opportunity reaffirms UW-Green Bay’s commitment to the success of our first-generation college students, said Corey King, vice chancellor, University Inclusivity & Student Affairs. “This collaborative partnerships with Academic Affairs is another milestone in our institutional efforts to become an inclusive and welcoming university.”
UW-Green Bay among nearly 80 higher education institutions selected to participate in the 2021-22 cohort. Universities who have been recognized as first-gen forward institutions include the University of Florida, Ohio State, Rutgers, UNC-Chapel Hill, Colorado State, Georgetown, Clemson, Florida State, UC-Santa Barbara and CSU-Sacramento.
“When First-Generation College Students choose UW-Green Bay, they entrust us with providing the required curricular and co-curricular opportunities to ensure their success though degree completion and beyond,” King stated. “UW-Green Bay recognizes that the success of First-Generation College Students opens the pathway for future generations.”
King said that being part of this cohort will help UW-Green Bay be part of the solution toward higher college attainment levels in Wisconsin. “As a University, we take great responsibility in being part of the solution,” King said.
“First-gen Forward now recognizes and supports over 200 diverse institutions across three cohorts, all of which continue to lead the nation through their commitment to first-generation student success. We are pleased to welcome UW-Green Bay for its long-term commitment and demonstrated strategies for advancing first-generation student initiatives,” said Dr. Sarah E. Whitley, assistant vice president, Center for First-generation Student Success.
As a First-gen Forward Institution, interested faculty and staff will be afforded multiple opportunities to engage with peer institutions who are also creating environments that improve the experiences and outcomes of first-generation students. Selected institutions will send representatives to the First-gen Forward Workshop slated for early-June and will participate in monthly phone calls, virtual professional development, goal setting, blog development, annual reporting, and more. After two successful years in the program, institutions are eligible to apply for the advisory leadership designation.
At UW-Green Bay, Corey King, vice chancellor for University Inclusivity & Student Affairs; Jen Jones, assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Management, and Vince Lowery, director of Student Success and Engagement, will lead efforts on behalf of the University.
To learn more about first-generation efforts at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, contact Vince Lowery, firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the Center for First-generation Student Success, visit firstgen.naspa.org.
NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. Its work provides high-quality professional development, advocacy, and research for 15,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and 8 U.S. territories. Visit naspa.org for more information. The Center for First-generation Student Success is the premier source of evidence-based practices, professional development, and knowledge creation for the higher education community to advance the success of first-generation students. Through four strategic priority areas, the Center drives higher education innovation and advocacy for first-generation student success.
About UW-Green Bay
Established in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving 8,970 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and 95,000 continuing education learners each year. We educate students from pre-college through retirement and offer 200+ degrees, programs and certificates. UW-Green Bay graduates are resilient, inclusive, sustaining and engaged members of their communities, ready to rise to fearlessly face challenges, solve problems and embrace diverse ideas and people. With four campus locations, the University welcomes students from every corner of the world. In 2020, UW-Green Bay was the fastest-growing UW school in Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.
Members of the UW-Green Bay community who participated in Friday’s (Feb. 12, 2021) Coffee Break, met Vice Chancellor for the Division of University Inclusivity and Student Affairs Corey King. King discussed the work of the entire campus community in regards to EDI (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion).
Earlier this week, King sent a letter to the campus community announcing a new website, #whyUWGB to increase and enhance the recruitment and retention of a diverse employee population. See the website with testimony from members of the UW-Green Bay community.
At Coffee Break, King suggested that all members of the campus community can take action to ensure a more inclusive and diverse community:
- Self-Reflection. Take the opportunity to learn about where you are in terms of diversity and inclusion. Participation in the UW-Green Bay Inclusive Excellence Program is a great resource for self-reflection.
- Learned Application. Once you go through self-reflection, find ways to apply what your learn into your professional and personal life.
- Continued Growth Opportunities: Place yourself in diverse environments which promote your own professional and personal growth toward inclusivity.
King welcomes conversation. You can reach him at email@example.com.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (NBC26) — Calls for racial justice were heard far and wide this past year.Now, during this Black History Month, many of those calls are heard through Zoom.”Covid has allowed us the opportunity to reach the world,” UW-Oshkosh (UWO) African American Studies Director Dr. Alphonso Simpson said.The Northeast Wisconsin community is celebrating Black History Month with a twist this year. Nearly all of the events held at places like UW-Green Bay and UWO are on the computer.
“We stop to think about those contributions that have made our pathway better, and those contributions that have opened the door for us to have continued dialogue,” Vice Chancellor for UWGB Inclusivity Dr. Corey King said.
But that dialogue is a lot different online.
“The greatest opportunity for impact was when we gathered as a people, right?” King said. “[It was] through the marches [and] through the meaningful gatherings.”
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has a goal with its new certificate program: Give everyone a voice. The new noncredit Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certificate Program launches this month at UWGB. The goal of the program is to promote social evolution in workplaces, organizations, and communities, the school says.
The governor announced 30 appointments today to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Equity and Inclusion. The list of appointees includes leaders from nonprofits, tribes, churches, community organizations, educational institutions, and state departments. The list names Mai J. Lo Lee, diversity director of the Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs Office at UW-Green Bay one of the appointments.
Miriam Brabham of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) will virtually host a panel discussion, “Exploring Intersectionality Within Blackness.” The panel consists of Brabham and Professors Tohoro and Gichobi, Jonathan Allen and students Azi Onama and Rania Jones. This discussion is open to the public. The different perspectives offered by this panel should invoke a lively discussion on how different the lived Black experience can be. Please join via TEAMs for this open, honest and authentic conversation. It is free and open to the public.
UW-Green is announcing a new vice chancellor for inclusivity and student affairs. Corey King, Ed.D. has more than 27 years of higher education experience within student affairs and enrollment management to the University. WTAQ spoke with him last week.